What We Believe
We are a “Reformed Church” inasmuch as we embrace, as biblical, that system of theology known as the Doctrines of Grace. By this expression we mean in particular the doctrines of total depravity, unconditional election, definite atonement, effectual calling, and the perseverance of the saints. We rejoice in those glorious truths which uphold the sovereignty of God in the salvation of men, and which so gloriously affirm the great central reality that salvation is all of grace, and of the Lord!
We are “Covenantal”, in that we believe the scriptures teach us that God the Father covenanted with God the Son, before time began, to save a people from the lost human race, to the glory of his marvelous grace. (John 17:1-2, 6, 9-10; Ephesians 1:4-6) God the Holy Spirit infallibly brings this purpose of God to pass, in time. (John 6:37, 44-45; Hebrews 8:6-12)
We are “Creedal”, holding to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith as a summary of the essential truths the Scriptures teach. Those who deride our creed and say they have no creed but the Bible, are truly afraid to put into print what they believe the Bible (their creed) teaches, and be held accountable.
We are a “Baptist Church”, confessing that baptism is for believers only, and that it is properly and biblically administered by immersion. Under the New Covenant ‘they shall all be taught of God’ and have a love for God – the great lawgiver. (John 6:45; Hebrews 8:10-11) All under the New Covenant are conscious of the new heart, of love for Christ, that has been given them, and it is their duty to proclaim it publicly in baptism.
A more detailed version of the doctrines to which we subscribe are set forth in the Second London Confession of Faith of 1689. This can be viewed in detail by clicking the link.