Welcome to Pilgrim Orthodox Presbyterian Church!
We gather for worship each Lord’s Day in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Pilgrim Presbyterian Church is centered on the Bible and its message - the good news of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15). The gospel we preach and believe is that God the Father sent his only son Jesus to pay the price for our sins and to rise again from the dead for our salvation.
Pilgrim is a worshiping church, hearing God's word and responding with prayer and praise (Psalm 100). Our worship service would be called “traditional” in style, but we worship the way we do because it’s biblical. The triune God speaks to sinful men through his son. By the power of the Holy Spirit we respond in faith and repentance.
Pilgrim is a close-knit church family (Romans 12:10-13 and Matthew 12:49-50). We share each-others’ trials and joys, and we love spending time together. We know each other well, through spending time together at church, and through Christian hospitality in our homes.
We hope you’ll join us to hear the good news – “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” Because of that historical fact which demonstrates the eternal love of God, we praise our Lord, obey his word, and love our neighbors.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
1 Corinthians 15:3-5
Pilgrim Orthodox Presbyterian Church is a member congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (“OPC”), and we’ve been worshipping together for more than forty years in Raleigh.
First and foremost, we gather each Lord’s Day in the morning and evening to worship our God. At the center of our worship is our savior Jesus Christ and the gospel – the good news of what he has done for us by his life, death, and resurrection.
We worship our triune God in the ways he commands in scripture (Exodus 25:40, Genesis 4:3-8, Matthew 15:1-14). This is called the regulative principle.
When you visit our church, you’ll recognize our order of service as traditionally Presbyterian: God speaks, and the congregation responds to his word. We sing from the Revised Trinity Hymnal and the Book of Psalms for Singing.
The Lord’s Day is, for Christians, the best day of the week. On that day, we hear the good news preached, we take the sacrament, we share Christian fellowship and encourage one another for the week ahead.
We believe part of the Great Commission is discipling the members of the church, teaching them to obey all that our Lord teaches in the scriptures. For that reason we have Sunday School for all ages from September through June. We also do “candychism” with the children after evening worship, teaching the Westminister Shorter Catechism.
Our church family hails from a broad area in Wake, Durham, & Franklin counties, so we have regional prayer meetings in Raleigh, Durham, and Holly Springs. These small groups meet Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm (Link to schedule page here).
Our church is full of children, with our young children and youth often outnumbering adults on Sundays. These young members bring tremendous energy and joy to our congregation. It is our prayer and hope that they will all grow up in Christ, profess faith, and serve their Lord with us in the church.
Each summer we host vacation bible school for elementary-aged children, with our middle school and high school youth assisting our parent volunteers.
Pilgrim actively and generously partners with the OPC to support foreign and home missions. In addition to our denominational missionaries, we support a husband-wife team of missionary associates from our own congregation who serve in Japan.
The congregation at Pilgrim shares close friendship on Sundays and throughout the week (John 13:35). We are a church which enjoys informal fellowship for almost any reason at all, with a history of cookouts, camping, Valentine’s Day dinners, church repair and maintenance projects, movie nights, and many other events our members create.
We look forward to welcoming you at Pilgrim and to worshipping our risen Lord together.
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together, to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!” For my brothers and companions' sake I will say, “Peace be within you!” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good. Psalm 122
Pilgrim is a Trinitarian church. There are three persons in the Godhead: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory (Matthew 3:16-17 & 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 2:18). God’s relationship with man, including God’s covenant of salvation, is rooted in his Trinitarian nature.
We believe the words and authority of Holy Scripture which depend “wholly upon God (who is truth itself)” and who is the author of Scripture. We receive God’s word because it is God’s word (2 Timothy 3:16, 1 John 5:9, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Revelation 1:1-2). The Bible itself is the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
Pilgrim is a confessional church – The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms are a summary of what the scriptures teach. They are also helpful for learning and understanding the word of God.
Pilgrim is a connectional church (Acts 15). Pilgrim Presbyterian Church is a member congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Pilgrim is a mission-oriented church (Matthew 28), prayerfully supporting the proclamation of the gospel to all nations through the OPC’s work in Christian Education, Foreign Missions, and Home Missions.
The Scriptures have one central and unified message: God the Father sending his only begotten son Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners (Genesis 3:15 & 12:3, Isaiah 53:5, Psalm 16:10, John 5:39, Luke 24:27).
Jesus accomplished our salvation through his perfect life and by his death in our place (1 Corinthians 15). In God’s plan of salvation, God justifies sinners by punishing Jesus in our place, and giving us Christ’s righteousness. When we believe the good news of the gospel, we are declared righteous by God, once and for all, based on Christ’s work for us. And, because we are united to Christ, God adopts us as his sons and daughters (Galatians 4:4-5).
We cannot believe this message of salvation on our own (Matthew 16:17) because we are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2). The Holy Spirit must open our hearts to believe this message of salvation (Acts 16:14). We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ’s work alone, so that God alone gets the glory!
As we believe the message of the gospel, God makes us more and more like Jesus through the power of that same gospel (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). This process is called sanctification. God’s promise of sanctification through the power of the gospel works through his word – particularly through preaching and the sacraments (John 17:17-19, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 1 Corinthians 11:25-26, Galatians 3:27).
By the power of the gospel, God builds us up in our faith (Ephesians 2:8), and we persevere as long as we live (Philippians 1:6).
In Christ, God’s people have been justified, are being sanctified, and will be glorified.
Because all these things are true, we are able to obey our Lord’s command to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves. Apart from what God has done for us in Christ, we never could, nor ever would, obey. Out of gratitude for Christ’s work for us and in us, we pursue holiness in Christ, pressing on to the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:11-13
The Pastor, Elders, and Deacons at Pilgrim OPC invite you to worship with us on Sunday morning and evening, to share fellowship with us, and to serve Christ in his local church at Pilgrim.
Doug Withington has faithfully served as the Pastor at Pilgrim Presbyterian Church for more than 20 years, including the early days when just a few believers met for worship in Apex, first in a soon-to-be-demolished medical clinic, then in the Chamber of Commerce, housed in an old train station. Doug also served in the Navy Reserve as a Chaplain (now retired) and deployed to Iraq in 2009. He graduated from Covenant College and Covenant Theological Seminary. Doug and his wife Sharon have been married for 42 years and have four grown children. They have lived Raleigh since 1996.
Paul Waddle, Alan Carroll, Doug Withington, Michael Ovack, Matt Miner, and Larry Fatheree
Justin Brown, Grant Mericle, Galen Boerema, Nathaniel Kolb, John Stetler, & Joe Bray,
We believe that there are three distinct offices in the local church: Ministers, Ruling Elders, and Deacons. Each of these offices has a different calling and function.
The minister is Christ's undershepherd in a local congregation of God's people, who joins with the ruling elders in governing the congregation. It is the minister’s job to feed the flock from the word, and with the other elders, to lead the congregation in the service of Christ. Our minister conducts public worship, prays with and for the congregation, and feeds the flock by the public reading and preaching of the Word of God. He administers the sacraments, declares God’s blessings to the congregation, and trains them to be faithful servants of Christ. He ministers to the poor, the sick, the afflicted, and the dying. Most of all, he faithfully proclaims the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ both to the lost, and to the congregation. The minister is called to preach the gospel, and this calling to preach is a specific vocation to which the minister devotes his life (2 Timothy 4:2, Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:17, 1 Corinthians 1:21, 1 Timothy 5:17). The minister is a preacher who also governs the church.
The office of Elder is established and described in the New Testament in various places including 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5:1-2, Titus 1:6-9. Ministers must have these qualifications as well as a distinct call to the preaching ministry. Ruling Elders are laymen who are primarily concerned with governing and leading the congregation by ministering to the spiritual needs of the church (Acts 6:4). The Ruling Elders carry out this work through visiting, teaching, exhorting, rebuking, comforting, maintaining discipline, and encouraging God’s people to press on to the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
The Bible establishes the office of Deacon in Acts 6 and lays out qualifications for the office in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. The deacons serve as the visible hands and feet of Christ. Jesus loves his people so much that he not only provides for the forgiveness of sins and the promise of the resurrection, Jesus Christ even cares for the physical needs of his people in the church here and now (Matthew 6:25-34).
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