What we Believe

The supreme judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Scripture delivered by the Spirit, into which Scripture so delivered, our faith is finally resolved.1689 Baptist Confession of Faith,I. 10

Shared Commitment with Evangelicalism

The Fundamentals of the Christian Faith


  1. Scripture as inspired and inerrant Word of God
  2. Trinitarian nature of the Godhead
  3. Creation
  4. Jesus Christ: God and Redeemer; Risen from the dead
  5. Salvation by the gospel of the Cross (Substitutionary Atonement)
  6. The world to come (Second coming of Christ; Heaven and Punishment)

NOTE:The creedal basis of Evangelicalism is steadily crumbling. In its place, the psychological and pragmatic are becoming the marks of the present-day evangelical identity.

Doctrinal Descendants of the Reformation

(Doctrines of Grace and Salvation) A rediscovery of Scripture teaching on key questions about the soul's standing before God

The Sola’s of the Reformation


Sola Scriptura

Matt. 22:29, 31, 32; Acts 28:23-25; Eph. 2:20; 2Tim. 3:16, 17

  • a movement away from the tyranny of the church, the pope and the councils
  • Note: A new sort of tyranny is besetting Evangelicals away from biblical authority

Sola Gratia

Rom. 3:21-26; 11:5, 6; Eph. 2:8-10

  • The God who is sovereign in providence is also sovereign in the salvation of sinners.
  • The Doctrines of Grace: Total Depravity; Sovereign Election; Particular Redemption; Effectual Calling; Perseverance of the Saints

Sola Fide

Rom. 3:28; 4:3-5; 5:1; Gal. 2:11-21

  • Justification by Faith Alone

Christian Life Legacy of Puritanism

Sanctification and Experimental Religion
  • For failure to put in its place the perpetual rule of the Law, evangelicals today are taken in by subjective norms of “knowing God’s will”
  • Special Note: Binding nature of the Sabbath principle in the NT Lord’s Day Mk. 2:27
  • Puritan occupation in the Christian life: Cultivation of Graces and Mortification of sin
  • Contrast current pre-occupation: psychological (e.g. self-esteem); wonders; market emphasis
  • Conscientious Church Discipline Matt. 18:15-20; 1Cor. 5:1-7; Rom. 16:17
  • Gross neglect of this practice in today’s church
  • RB’s are often subjected to unkind judgment because of applying church discipline

Distinctives of Historic Baptist Heritage

Church Life and Order

Major Areas of Reform

that Reformed Baptists pray, seek, and labor for, by the Grace of God
  • Connector.

    Recovery

    of the Biblical gospel and evangelism

  • Connector.

    Restoration

    of God-regulated reverential worship

  • Connector.

    Re-affirmation

    of Biblical holiness in Christian living

  • Connector.

    Return

    to the New Testament church order

  • Connector.

    REVIVAL

    which is not the work of man but the sovereign work of God!