Falls Church – An OPC Family puts out an e-newsletter approximately once a week
Additional Information on What We Believe
Falls Presbyterian Church is a member of the Midwest Presbytery and a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. We hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger Catechism and Shorter Catechism.
Our counseling is Biblical, or Bible-centered. In whatever condition we find sinners – untaught in God’s righteous requirements, unaware of their sin, forgetful of God’s rescuing grace that will solve problems, or untrained in how to keep going with God’s strength, the Bible has the answer! God provides this perspective on Biblical counseling in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
Our pastors and elders offer Biblical counseling to all of our church members, and sometimes to other people attending or in the wider church or wider community. Pastor Snodgrass holds a Master’s degree in Divinity (Scriptural study), which makes him thoroughly equipped to counsel; in addition, Pastor Snodgrass holds a six-course certificate in Biblical counseling. Based on Titus 2:4, in our church, we encourage godly women to train younger women in a Christian walk with God; some of our women have received specialized training and certification in Biblical counseling to women.
Counseling in the church body. Counseling not in some counseling office, but rather in the church family need not be thought of as such a very formal, one-hour process of “I fix you.” Instead, Christian counseling in the church body is more frequent and even pervasive. Counseling is just another word for teaching others, discipling others, reminding others, loving others, or simply having a daily influence on each other by good example, good discussion, and by sharing the wisdom of Christ.
Counseling from the Bible is relevant and powerful. Times are changing, but our Lord does not change, as Hebrews 13:8 reveals that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Therefore, in a mixed up world that claims relativism, God’s truth does not change, as we learn from John 14:6, where Jesus said, “I am…the truth.” In 2 Peter 1:3, God told us how much we need Him, in that “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him…” Therefore, it is only by God’s power that we have all things for Christian life, and for godly living. God’s Word is sufficient (and not deficient) for all Christians in every age. Counseling brings out the riches of God’s Word for restoring lives, and for renewing right beliefs and godly living.