A Reformed Baptist Church is a church that, as it's name implies, has two distinguishing characteristics.

First of all, it is Reformed. We are a church that holds to the theology that grew out of the reformation in the 16th century, and was articulated by such men as Luther, Calvin and Knox. In the 17th and 18th centuries, this theology was held by and propagated through the puritans of America, England, and Scotland.

This theology is summarized in the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, which is our church's doctrinal statement, and it has three dominant themes that characterize it:

  1. The recognition of the sovereignty and centrality of God in every aspect of life and practice;
  2. The Bible alone as the final authority on every matter of life, faith, and conduct;
  3. The declaration of the glory of God in salvation and worship as our primary purpose.

Secondly, we are Baptist. We are a church that believes that only those who have personally repented of their sins, made a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ alone as their savior from sin, and who have been baptized by immersion, are suitable candidates for inclusion into the membership of the local church.

Furthermore, we believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church, and that He exercises that rule through elders and deacons elected from within each church, and that they are accountable both to Christ and to the members of that church to proclaim and to carry out the teachings of Christ contained in the Bible.

Perhaps the most widely known representative of Reformed Baptist theology is Charles Spurgeon, whose sermons and books enjoy a wide distribution today, even 100 years after his death.

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