Our Faith and Practice
As members of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, our mission is to be and do everything that our Lord Jesus Christ wills for a local church. In particular, our Lord Jesus calls us to be worshipers and disciples, and to make disciples of others, baptizing & teaching people according to His Word (1 Peter 2:5; Matt 28:19-20).
The name "Grace" is dear to us, because we know that it is by God's grace alone that we, believers in Christ, have been given new spiritual life, and have been saved from our sins and reconciled to God (Rom 5:1-2).
We affirm the title "Reformed" because we especially identify with those believers and churches, throughout history, who have sought to be "re-formed" according to the Bible as the Word of God. In particular, we have found great benefit in learning the Bible with reference to the great theological confessions and statements of faith which come from the historical reformation of the Church in the 1500's and 1600's - affirming the London Baptist Confession of 1689 as the official teaching of our church. Biblical, reformed theology shapes the way that we worship, think, and live, as we seek to let the Word of Christ to dwell in us richly (Col 3:16).
We are a "Baptist" church because we believe that God wills for baptism (a sign of burial with Christ, in water) to be administered only to those who actually profess repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, we believe that God wills for the visible membership of local churches to consist only of those who are visible saints - i.e.: those who credibly walk by faith and obedience to Christ (Acts 2:41-42; Matt 18:15-20; 1 Cor 5; see also LBC 26:2; 29:1-4).
What We Believe
We believe in God according to the Holy Scriptures, and we affirm the London Baptist Confession of 1689 as our own church's statement of faith (with a few clarifications and minor adjustments noted within the linked pages, below).
The London Baptist Confession of 1689 stands in faithful continuity with other great historical statements of the Christian faith, such as the Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed. It was signed and published by the pastors and representatives of over 100 churches meeting in London, England in the year 1689. It continues to be used today as the statement of faith of many churches around the world, and it addresses the following topics of biblical teaching:
A. Who is God?
ch.1. God Revealed in The Holy Scriptures,
ch.2. God, the Holy Trinity,
ch.3. God's Decree [Plan],
ch.4. God's Creation,
ch.5. God's Providence
B. God's Work of Salvation
ch.6. The Fall of Mankind into Sin & the Punishment We Deserve,
ch.7. God's Covenant of Grace,
ch.8. Christ the Mediator,
ch.9. Free Will,
ch.10. Effectual Calling,
ch.14. Saving Faith,
ch.16. Good Works,
ch.17. Perseverance of the Saints,
ch.18. Assurance of Grace and Salvation
C. God's Will for the Church and the World
ch.19. The Law of God,
ch.20. The Gospel and Extent of Grace Thereof,
ch.21. Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience,
ch.22. Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day,
ch.23. Lawful Oaths and Vows,
ch.24. The Civil Government,
ch.26. The Church,
ch.27. Communion of the Saints,
ch.28. Baptism & the Lord's Supper,
ch.30. The Lord's Supper
D. God's Promise of Final Judgment and Eternal Glory
ch.31. The State of Man After Death and of the Resurrection of the Dead,
ch.32. The Last Judgment
* See the entire 1689 London Baptist Confession in E-book form
Documents of our Church Constitution
Answers to Common Questions
What is a Reformed Baptist Church?
A More Brief Summary of What We Believe
What are the "Doctrines of Grace" - "the 5 Points of Calvinism"?
- What We Believe about the 5 Points of Calvinism, Statement from Bethlehem Baptist Church - desiringgod.org