Our Beliefs

Orangewood Church is a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and we adhere to the Westminster Confession of Faith as a basis for our Reformed faith.

Our Beliefs

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God.

God

We believe in one holy, living and true God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Man

We believe that man is made in God’s image, and therefore all lives are precious. The nature of man is sinful, fallen from communion with God, and unable to save himself.

Jesus

We believe that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God, at once both fully God and fully man. Through the perfect obedience of Jesus, and his willing sacrifice of his life on the cross, the justice of God has been satisfied, and our reconciliation to God is through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.

Grace

We believe that salvation is based on grace alone, which is through God’s mercy towards us even in our sinful nature. God moves toward us in grace, drawing us to himself through his own goodness. Thus, we can do nothing to earn salvation in our own merit.

The Church

We believe that the church is the primary vehicle that God is using to advance his kingdom. Jesus Christ is the head of this worldwide, unified church.

Our Distinctives

Reformed

Our theological beliefs align with the teachings of the Protestant Reformers in the 16th century. These can be summarized in five Latin phrases which were coined at the time.

  • Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
  • Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
  • Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
  • Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
  • Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.

Read more about these five Solas.

Covenantal

We believe that the Bible is one unifying story of God’s word, marked by a series of covenants made by God to man. Jesus, as the Son of God and the sacrifice given for our sin, is our ultimate covenant maker and keeper.

Doctrines of Grace

The doctrines of grace are defined in the Reformed tradition using the acronym TULIP: “T” – Total Depravity, “U” – Unconditional Election, “L” – Limited Atonement, “I” – Irresistible Grace, “P” – Perseverance and Preservation of the Saints.

Presbyterian

The term presbyterian refers to a system of church government overseen by member-elected elders. We are part of the Central Florida Presbytery, the local representation of our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA.)

Our Priorities

Grace-centered

When we recognize that we are completely dependent on the grace of God, we respond both in thankfulness to God for his kindness, and in proclaiming the good news of the gospel to others. As we acknowledge our own brokenness, we can honestly welcome all broken people to journey together with us.

Community

We believe that growth happens best when we are growing together. We want to be a place where every person at Orangewood feels known and connected in community. Our ministries are all focused on creating opportunities in which community will grow and flourish.

Family

We provide strong, Biblical teaching for every age, beginning with our smallest children, and support parents as they raise their children to know and love Christ. Because we recognize that many of our members have been hurt or abandoned by their earthly families, we long for our church to be a strong spiritual family, loving each member with the love of Christ.

How Can I Know God?

How Can I Know God?

Everything that we do is fueled by our love for God, who has loved us unconditionally and given his Son, Jesus, to reconcile us back to him.

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