What is a Reformed Baptist Church?
Not your normal church...
A Reformed Baptist church is a church that has several distinctive things that set them apart from many other churches. A Reformed Baptist congregation is in line with historic reformed Protestant Christianity as summarized below.
So what does that mean?
We are confessional
We hold to the doctrines of grace (also known as Calvinism)
We are covenantal
We hold to the regulative principle of worship
What We Believe
Second London Baptist Confession of 1689
We believe that the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 is the best summary of what the scriptures teach about the Christian faith. We recognize that a.) it is not an exhaustive document on Christianity, but that it clearly summarizes the main doctrines (or teachings) found in Scripture and relating to basic Christian faith and practice, and b.) that it is a document written by fallible men and not inspired by God, therefore it is fully subject to the Scriptures and finds its authority only in its faithfulness to the Scriptures. The Word of God is the ultimate authority in all matters pertaining to Christian life, but we also recognize the usefulness of having a document that quickly defines what we believe.
We encourage you to read and dig into the Second London Baptist Confession, but we also have a short summary of the major points of doctrine that are found in it below.
Summary of doctrine:
What are we all about?
- We are committed to equipping believers to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
- We are committed to planting biblical Reformed Baptist churches that will teach sound doctrine and equip believers to fulfill the great commission for the glory of God alone.
Church Covenant Resposibilities
SUMMARY OF OUR COVENANT RESPONSIBILITIES (THE LAWS WRITTEN IN OUR HEARTS)
- We agree to worship only the one true and living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who has revealed Himself to us in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We will declare His glory to the nations. We will have no other gods before Him.
- We agree to worship God in His appointed way and to exclude from our worship anything that He has not appointed.
- We agree not to use the name of our God emptily or to take it upon ourselves carelessly, but to walk in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
- We agree to cease from our own works on the Lord's Day, if they are not works of piety, or necessity, and to positively sanctify the day by special exercises of public and private worship.
- We agree to honor and obey, within the bounds of Scripture, all our superiors, whether in family, church, state, or business; and, if we be superiors, to deal reasonably and lovingly with our subordinates and thus to teach them by word and example to fear God and keep His commandments.
- We agree to avoid whatever tends to destroy us or our neighbors and to engage vigorously in all lawful endeavors to preserve our own lives and the lives of others, especially by ready reconciliation and faithful exhortation in the church.
- We agree to possess our bodies in holiness as vessels joined to Christ and indwelt by the Holy Spirit and to avoid all uncleanness of thought, speech, or action.
- We agree to be diligent in our vocations, that we may provide for our own households, avoid theft of time, money, or goods, and that we may have to give to him who has need.
- We agree to earnestly promote truth among men and to avoid anything that would prejudice the truth or injure our neighbor's good name.
- We agree to be fully content with our own condition in life, to rejoice in the advancement of our neighbor, and to avoid envying him or coveting anything that is his.
Please see the link below to view the church constitution.
Grace Chapel Reformed Baptist Church Constitution
We are serious about membership!
We ask that prospective members read and agree with the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689, read and agree with the church constitution, and also fill out the membership petition for the Elders to review. You can download the petition from the link below: