We’re called to “reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”. This is done through the understanding of doctrines we find in scripture. So many churches believe and teach a wide range of doctrines which causes strife within the body. Making the church doctrines clear and concise from the beginning will mitigate many of these issues.
What would Biblical or Systematic or Exegetical Theology be without the aid of Historical Theology? While not inspired Scripture, historic confessions help us to work through doctrine in connection with saints who have gone before us. For Baptists particularly, we have vacillated across a wide expanse of theological understanding since the days of the late 1600’s, even since the days of Spurgeon, and this expanse includes several movements that had no real historic connection prior to their sudden development. Historic Confessions serve as a guide rail against much post-enlightenment theological novelty that has swept Evangelical Protestantism.
Huddled together in 1644, representatives of 7 churches gathered to summarize their common confession, and to distinguish themselves from the Anabaptists and the Arminians. It was a time of turmoil, and the river of the Reformation had swept across the shores of England. This was one of the first of several non-Anglican groups in that century to put pen to paper and confess their faith. Two years later, the Westminster Assembly would produce its own confession (WCF), and then in 1658, the Congregationalists would follow suit (Savoy Declaration). That original group of 7 churches was the Particular Baptists. Amid threats of persecution, and to show their solidarity and theological agreement in many ways with the Presbyterians and Congregationalists that had since written their own confessions, a larger crop of Baptists would draft the 1677 Baptist Confession with great reliance on the WCF and Savoy, however, this confession would be put forth by a General Assembly of Particular Baptists ultimately in 1689, giving it the name that it is known by today: “The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith”, often called the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith. This Confession was classically theist in its view of God, covenantal in its view of Biblical Theology, “Calvinist” in its soteriology, and would show alignment with the Westminster Confession of Faith on the Ordinary Means of Grace and the Law.
The heart of reformed doctrine is that all things were made by God, for God and through God, and we are to exalt God in everything we say and do. We hold to the historic reformed confession, the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689.
We believe the Bible teaches that the whole church should worship and serve together. The older saints need the strength of the younger, the younger need the wisdom of the older, and the unbelievers need the example of both.
We believe that the church should be a community within a broader community. The church community should be active in demonstrating love to one another, and reaching out to impact those around us.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; from thence he shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spake by the prophets. In one holy church; we acknowledge one baptism; we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
We believe that the Holy Scripture, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the only sufficient, certain, infallible, and inerrant rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.
We believe that saving faith, which receives and rests on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification; yet it is not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but works by love.
Planting a church takes a community. We need your help to get the word out to the community about our mission to plant a reformed baptist church in Alexander City, Alabama! We can provide you with flyers, yard signs, t-shirts and anything else you need to promote our church plant. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact us.
To be Reformed is:
1) To confess the consensus of the five first centuries of the church:
2) To confess the five solas:
3) To confess the distinctives of the Reformed faith:
So what does this all mean? To be Reformed is to adhere to the purist teachings of the Bible – to affirm the doctrine taught by Jesus, Paul and the apostles. Scripture is considered the ultimate authority in matters of life and faith and all Reformed doctrine is founded on the Bible. We are convinced that Reformed doctrine is nothing more than the teachings of Jesus, the Apostles and the totality of the Scriptures. Were it not for human sin we would have to make no distinction between biblical Christianity and the Reformed faith.
We are so excited about finding a body of believers who are unified in faith and doctrine.Marina Leopold
I can't wait for the launch meeting. I am so excited to meet other like-minded believers and begin planning this church plant for the glory of God.Ben Newman
I had no idea there were other reformed Christians in my town. I am so looking forward to planting this church!Aline Drummond