The Scriptures declare that God has created and directed all things for his glory. The apostle Paul echoes this theme in Romans 11.36: “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” The primary means by which God reveals himself to his people are through the Scriptures and the preaching of his Word which, by the power of his Holy Spirit, are sealed upon our hearts. Consequently, in every worship service at Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church is heard the reading and faithful preaching of the Word.
Worship, however, is not something the people of God are supposed to observe; on the contrary, we must respond to God’s self-revelation. The primary means by which the Church responds to God are through prayer and the singing of psalms and hymns. Christ attests to this when he said, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’ (Matt. 22.13), and when the apostle Paul wrote, ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God’ (Col. 3.16). Hence at every worship service at Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church, we pray to God to praise him, to give him our thanks and to confess our sins, beseeching his presence and assistance. For its congregational singing, Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church uses the Trinity Hymnal and the Book of Psalms for Singing.
Lastly, we believe that only what God commands in the Bible is permitted in our worship of him. Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church, therefore, firmly holds to what the Westminster Confession calls the ‘Regulative Principle of Worship’ (see WCF 21).