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Many people would say that's the sound of a church service on any typical Sunday morning. Deadly boring... soapy platitudes... hypocritical denunciations... prudish warnings against anything real and deeply pleasurable... ranks of drowsy worshipers putting in their mandatory time in "God's house" before being released once more to life outside the dim stained glass, behind which they comfortably deposit most of their religion until the next weekend.

If that's Christianity, who wants it?

On the contrary, Christianity is a face-to-face reunion with God. Visit our "Eyewitnesses" section to read how Jesus Christ is wonderfully alive and busy in the world today, bringing people to life. As people believe in him and open their hearts and lives to him, they find that he is undeniably real, powerful, and good. Our earnest hope is that you also will become an eyewitness of his majesty.

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Top row: Pastors Paul Browne and Bulut Yasar, Elder John Hogg. Bottom row: Elders Joe Smith, Rick Taylor, Deacons Dom DePinto and Len Richards. Not pictured: Associate Pastor Drew Adcock (of our daughter church Omega OPC), Elders Dan Brauning and Bob Buchner, Deacons Michael Harer and Matt Hoppes.

About New Life OPC

Worship
Our worship will be God-centered, biblical, joyful, and thoughtful, in public worship as well as daily life and work.

Teaching
Our teaching will focus on the Bible, proclaiming, explaining, and applying God’s word for salvation, faith, and life. We uphold the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as a faithful summary of what the Bible teaches.

Fellowship
We will foster love and unity in the body of Christ, recognizing our mutual dependence on one another.

Service
We will demonstrate the mercy of God in practical ways—watching over, praying for, and serving one another, and ministering to the needy outside the church.

Evangelism
In word and deed, we will communicate God’s free offer of salvation to all people, both in greater Williamsport and around the world.

About the OPC Denomination

• What does the OPC believe?
The Orthodox Presbyterian Church traces its roots to the sixteenth-century Reformation and its doctrinal statements, especially the Westminster Confession of Faith. The denomination was founded in 1936 to maintain the absolute truth of God’s word, which was being denied in many circles.

• Why “presbyterian?”
From the times of Abraham and Moses, God’s people have been led by wise elders&#8212called and gifted by God to oversee the church. The word “presbyterian” means “ruled by elders”; it comes from the New Testament Greek word “presbeuteros” (1 Timothy 5:17, Titus 1:5). In the OPC, local church elders, along with the pastor, form a “session” to care for God’s family. Matters of common concern for churches in a given area are overseen by a body of pastors and elders called a “presbytery.”

• Why “orthodox”?
“Orthodoxy” comes from a Greek word meaning right thinking or right opinion based on the Bible, as opposed to heresy. At a time when many churches have sadly departed from the revealed truth of Christianity, we adhere firmly to the ancient faith delivered once for all by Jesus Christ to his apostles.

Visit the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (our denomination) web site.

Being and Making Faithful Disciples

Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [Matthew 28:19-20]