THE APOSTLE'S CREED

 

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  And in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  AMEN.

About Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church:

Our Congregation has been serving God and His people in Trenton since 1902. Cherishing our rich history, we are growing in faithfulness and service. We are a warm, friendly people, and there is a place for you at Mt. Olivet.


We believe that our Great God has revealed Himself to humanity as three: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The cross of Christ is at the center of that revelation and it is possible now to have "peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1).  It is God's grace given to us in Jesus that saves, not the things that we do (Ephesians 2: 8-9). The Bible is the inspired Word of God and our only rule for faith and life. Belief in Jesus Christ, and receiving Him as personal savior is essential for salvation. A changed life is a mark of genuine faith, and living out the Christian life in our community is vital to it. We believe that the highest calling of people is to "glorify God and enjoy Him forever."

 

We come together in worship to praise and glorify God through Jesus Christ, and experience the love of Christ we share in Christian fellowship. As a part of the Body of Christ we look to the Holy Spirit to sustain us and to help us support, encourage, and enable one another in all areas of the Christian Life.


In 2014, Mt. Olivet officially became a member of the Midwest Presbytery of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).  Previously we were a member of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).

 

We invite you to join us in study, worship, growth, faith and service.


If you do not know Jesus as Savior and Lord, we'll introduce you.

If you are looking for a church home, we'll welcome you.

OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

"REFORMED CHURCH FOLLOWING REFORMING TRADITIONS"

 

To achieve our mission through our belief that God instructs His church through preaching and teaching; that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and our only rule for faith and life; that belief in Jesus Christ, and receiving Him as personal Savior is essential; that a changed life is a mark of genuine faith; and that living out the Christian life in our community is vital to it.  We believe that through the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit we can be instruments of God's love to all people.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

 

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,

The power, and the glory,

For ever and ever.

Amen.

About the Evangelical Presbyterian Church:

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) began in the fall of 1980 and spring of 1981 when a group of pastors and elders held meetings in St. Louis, MO, for planning and prayer.  They came from the mainline Presbyterian denominations such as the United Presbyterian Church (northern churches) and the Presbyterian Church of the United States (southern churches).  These leaders had become increasingly distressed by liberalism within their denominations.  They wanted to form a church that took seriously the words of Scripture, the theology of the historic confessions of the faith, and the evangelical fervor of Presbyterian founders.  They envisioned a denomination that was truly evangelical and truly Presbyterian: hence the name.

Six months later, the first General Assembly of the EPC met at Ward Presbyterian Church near Detroit, MI.  To ensure that the ideals of the faith would remain foundational to the new denomination, the Assembly drafted an intentionally brief list of essential beliefs.  The ESSENTIALS OF OUR FAITH define a church that is Presbyterian in theology and church government, as well as evangelical in sharing the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Even though the founders of the EPC value purity of faith, they saw danger of division over non-essential issues.  To protect the new denomination from strife, less essential matters were left to the local churches and believers.
 
The EPC wanted to form a church that took seriously the words of Scripture, the theology of the historic confessions of the faith, and the evangelical fervor of the Presbyterian founders.  They envisioned a denomination that was truly evangelical and truly Presbyterian.
 
Evangelical theology focuses on the Gospel, God's Good News for the world in Jesus Christ.  Evangelicals believe the Bible is the sufficient, inspired, authoritative Word of God and that the foundational message of the Word is God's gracious provision of salvation through His only begotten Son.  Believing that the ultimate basis of authority for spiritual life is the Word.
 
Consistent with the protestant movement:
Sola scriptura - by scripture alone, above other traditions and teachings
Sola fide - by faith alone we are saved
Sola gratia - by grace alone we are forgiven (not be penance or absolution)
Solus Christus - Christ alone.  Instead of two classes, priests (mediators) and lay members, Protestants believe in One Mediator, Jesus, and a single class, "the priesthood of all believers.
Sola Deo Gloria - Glory to God alone, not to any organization, leader or ruler.  This is the purpose of life and the church

The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks.  On this same foundation, the EPC affirms these additional Essentials of Faith, the purpose being to define core beliefs of the Christian faith:

1)  We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and externally existing in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  To Him be all honor, glory, and praise forever!

2)  Jesus Christ, the Living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth.  He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever.  He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the scriptures.  On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on high, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.

3)  The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts.  He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior.  Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service.  He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.

4)  Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace.  God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifying them in His sight.  Only such that are born into the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.

5)  The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ.  The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, express in local congregations where the Word of God is preacthed in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained.  For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.

6)  Jesus Christ will come again to the earth - persoally, visibly, and bodily - to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.  "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).

7)  The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations.  Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us".  He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service.  "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).