What does it mean to be a Reformed Baptist church?

On being Reformed…

The word “Reformed” means “a return from wrong to right.” It refers to the 16th century Reformation, when God raised up many great men within the church to restore it to Biblical Christianity. Among the reformers were Martin Luther in Germany, John Calvin in France, and John Knox in Scotland. The Reformed church is committed to the one true gospel that sinners are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone; and the biblical requirement to reform every area of life by the word of God so that all of life brings glory to God.

The Reformed Church is committed to the basics of Christianity held in common by all true and faithful churches: the divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible, the Trinity, the virgin birth of Christ, His true deity and true humanity in one person, Christ’s atoning death on the cross for sinners, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His visible return from heaven, justification by faith alone, and the necessity of being born again.

Summary of the Reformed Faith

Scripture alone: The Bible alone is God’s inspired and authoritative Word for every area of life (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Grace alone: Salvation is by God’s grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Faith alone: Sinners are saved through faith alone (Romans 3:28), which results by God’s grace in a life of thankfulness and good works (Ephesians 2:10).

Christ alone: believers are saved because of Christ alone. He paid the penalty for all our sins, leaving no penalty for us to pay (Mark 10:45).

Glory to God alone: God alone deserves all the glory and credit for our salvation. Jesus said to His followers, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you” (John 15:16).


On the London Baptist Confession of 1689…

GRC is submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authoritative truth of God’s Word, the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture. We believe that the Bible contains all that we need for all matters of faith and practice. We are also a confessional church, and believe that the 1689 London Baptist Confession of faith faithfully represents what the Scriptures teach. We hold to the 1689 LBC insofar as it agrees with the Bible.

When many think of confession they often will conjure up images of a Roman Catholic mass or going to a priest to confess sin. This is no where remotely what being a confessional church means. What it does mean is that the doctrinal statement we hold to is called a confession because it is written in short, brief statements that are easy to memorize and recite, or… confess. The LBC is an amazing document. It was penned by some of the greatest theologians of their time. And what they wrote is timeless because it is supported by none other than the Scriptures themselves. We believe it is sufficient in and of itself to rely on as a doctrinal statement.

You can read it in it’s entirety here  http://www.1689.com/confession.html