Our church identifies itself as being reformed and Baptist.
The implications of the word “reformed” is that we hold to the doctrinal views of justification,
and of church government expressed in the works of the Protestant Reformation. Men like
Martin Luther, John Calvin, and many others were used by God to reform the doctrine and
practices of the historical church which by that time had become quite corrupt. Going back to
the bible as the sole authority (Acts 17:11, 2 Tim 3:16-17), the Protestant Reformation did not
invent new doctrines, but rather it recovered the purity of many of the doctrines of scripture
which had been all but lost by that time in history.
The central thought of the Reformation is a formulation known as the “Five Solas”. Sola is a Latin word
which means “alone”. Thus, there are five things which alone define for us the source, nature,
and purpose of our salvation. These are
· By scripture alone
· By faith alone
· By grace alone
· Through Christ alone
· To the Glory to God alone
It is this key aspect of the reformers views that we find particularly important.
Another result of the reformation is that a biblical understanding of the purpose and mode of
baptism was recovered. The name “Baptist” refers to this distinction. We baptize believers who
have made a credible profession of faith and who desire to walk in obedience to Jesus Christ by a
one-time submersion in water as a symbol of having died to their old life and having received
new life through the resurrected Christ. We believe that this mode of baptism is the pattern in
both teaching and example in the New Testament scriptures (Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:38-39,
Finally, in the Baptist tradition based on the teachings of scripture, we practice an independent
form of church government. That is, we do not believe in a hierarchical view of church
government having churches under regional, national, or global leadership. Rather, we believe
that each local church is an independent entity under the headship of Jesus Christ, having men
who are appointed as elders (Titus 1:5) to protect and lead the church as servants and shepherds,
and having men who are appointed as deacons to assist the elders with meeting the physical
needs of the church (Acts 6:1-6).
Although churches should be independent, we do believe that churches benefit greatly by
voluntarily partnering with other like-minded churches to provide counsel (Acts 15:1-34),
fellowship (Titus 3:12-15), and charity (2 Cor 8:1-7). Such patterns are seen throughout the New