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What We Believe

Our Beliefs:

There is simply no more important question to ask about a church than “What do you believe?” Simply put, we believe the Bible is the very Word of God, and that He has provided for us in His Word all that we need to be reconciled to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, all we need to be governed as a church, and all we need to live lives faithfully before Him. The Bible is our final authority on all matters of faith and life.

In interpreting the Bible, we are committed to historic Christianity as taught and practiced by previous generations of Baptists who were both orthodox and Reformed. The word “creed” comes from the Latin word “credo” and simply means, “I believe”. We are committed to the Creeds developed and recognized throughout church history.


It is a matter of basic integrity, and a requirement of the Scriptures as well, that we be upfront about what we believe. We do not want to water down or hide our doctrine. We are committed to the Reformed and Baptist doctrines articulated in the 2nd London Baptist Confession of 1689, commonly called the “1689.” This is the Confession of Faith of Redeemer Reformed Baptist Church (Plant), and all church planters are required to fully subscribe to the doctrines contained in it.


Apostles Creed
Nicene Creed
Athanasian Creed
Definition of Chalcedon


We also promote the use of catechisms as a crucial and time- tested means of instruction and discipleship, both in the gathered church and in our respective homes. The Baptist Catechism in particular is helpful in understanding the doctrines contained in our Confession of Faith.

The Baptist Catechism by Benjamin Keach
Catechism for Girls & Boys

Brief Summary of Doctrinal Beliefs

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are God-breathed. They are the infallible, authoritative, and all-sufficient rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. All Scripture is the very Word of God, and it is therefore without error and utterly reliable with regard to fact and teaching. It has been preserved by the Holy Spirit with particular care and providence for our benefit today. The Scriptures are to be neither added to nor subtracted from.

There is but one God, the Creator, Maker, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections and being infinite in them all. To Him all people owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.

There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, the same in essence, equal in power and glory.

God created all things from nothing. Adam and Eve were the first humans; they were created by God after His own image in perfect righteousness. The account of creation in Genesis 1 and 2 is historical and not merely literary; hence evolution as a theory of origins is contrary to a scriptural understanding of creation.

God in eternity decreed all things that come to pass, and He perpetually governs all creatures and events. We affirm the absolute sovereignty of God. However, God is in no way the author or approver of sin, nor does His sovereignty in any way diminish or violate the responsibility of men.

Our first parents, the first human beings, Adam and Eve, were created perfect and completely without sin. However, they disobeyed God and by their disobedience, lost the righteousness in which they were created and were totally corrupted by sin, which is lawlessness and opposition to God.  All human beings are descendants of Adam, are born in a sinful state and condition called original sin, and are sinners separated from God, condemned and under the judgment of God from the moment of conception. From this corrupt nature, all transgressions proceed because all men are wholly inclined to all evil continually and are opposed to God and to all that is spiritually good in the sight of God. This is often referred to as man’s total depravity. Thus, while man is unable on his own to repent of sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, he is completely responsible to do so. This is by no means to deny that a vast amount of virtue prevails through the common grace of God; yet man is spiritually dead and unregenerate and alienated from his Creator.

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed Mediator between God and man. Having taken to Himself a human nature, while maintaining His sinlessness, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered, and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, rose again the third day, and ascended to the Father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and the Sovereign and Lord of the universe.

Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons to eternal life – not because of foreseen merit or faith in them, but because of His mercy in Christ. Those who have been predestined to be saved are in due time called, justified, sanctified, and glorified.

By His Holy Spirit and through His Word, God calls us into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ. By this divine work, He enlightens our minds, recreates us in and to newness of life, and renews our wills and affections by the Holy Spirit.

Repentance is a saving grace. The repentant person is convicted of the evil of his sin by the Holy Spirit. Repentance involves a humbling of oneself, self-abhorrence, and godly sorrow for and hatred of sin, and a purpose to walk before God so as to please Him in all things. Repentance is to continue through the whole course of the believer’s life.

Faith is a saving grace. By faith, we receive and rest upon Jesus Christ alone for salvation as He is freely offered to us in the gospel. Faith is also a grace by which we believe the Word of God to be true and seek to apply its teachings to ourselves.

Justification is an act of God’s free grace whereby He pardons our sins and accounts us righteous in His sight. Justification is based not on anything we have done but only on Christ’s righteousness as imputed to us and received by faith alone. Thus, justification is a declarative and forensic act of imputed righteousness, not a process wherein we acquire righteousness before God due to our own sanctification. Justification is by faith in Christ’s work alone, not faith in Christ’s work plus something the believer does. By no means is justification conferred in baptism.

For the sake of His only Son, Jesus Christ, God has been pleased to make all justified persons sharers in the grace of adoption. Adoption is the means by which believers are numbered with, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of, the children of God.

Those who are united to Jesus Christ are, by regeneration, renewed in their whole nature after the image of God, and are set apart by God to share in His holiness. This is definitive sanctification. Because of the remaining effects of the former corrupt nature, there is also a progressive aspect to sanctification whereby the Holy Spirit, by virtue of indwelling the believer, promotes true holiness of life. Sin’s power over the believer is broken, the evil desires to which sin gives birth are increasingly weakened, and the Christian more and more lives according to the Word of God. This is holiness without which no man will see the Lord.

Those whom God has accepted in Jesus Christ, effectually called and sanctified by His Holy Spirit, and to whom He has given the precious faith of His elect, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace. On the contrary, they will certainly persevere in this state of grace to the end of their lives and thus be eternally saved.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is composed of God’s elect in every age. According to His commandment, Christians are to gather in local churches. To each local church He has given authority and responsibility for administering order, discipline, and worship. The officers of a church are elders and deacons. Through its elders, the church administers the public means of grace, which is the spiritual food that God has provided whereby Christians mature. The means of grace whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption are His ordinances, especially the proclamation and explanation of the Word of God, the administration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and prayer.

Baptism is an ordinance of Jesus Christ and so obligatory for every believer. The proper mode of baptism is by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is a sign of the believer’s union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. It signifies the washing away of sins and is a prerequisite to church membership.

The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ and is to be observed by His church until He returns. It is to be administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine. It is in no sense a re-sacrifice of Christ. Its purpose is to commemorate Christ’s death, confirm the everlasting covenant in Christ’s blood, and strengthen union with Christ in His love as well as union and communion with other believers.

Having received the Great Commission from the Risen, Lord Christ, it is the duty of every church to extend the gospel to all men everywhere. As Christians we have the privilege of joining in this Commission as we support the work of the local church. Further, we must individually endeavor after a quiet and holy life that we may give an answer for the hope that is within us and witness to that hope of redemption in Jesus Christ to those around us, in God’s Providence. As faith comes by hearing the Word of God, we are to seek by all methods sanctioned in Scripture to persuade men to seek Jesus Christ and His salvation.

God has commanded us to love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This is the summary of God’s Law (Luke 10:25-27). The Ten Commandments (as given to Moses in Ex. 20:1-21) especially articulate the moral law of God. This moral law, which is expressed in the precepts of Scripture as a whole, provides the Christian with a guide for life. We affirm the perpetuity of the moral law, including the continuing validity of the Fourth Commandment. A man is not justified by the works of the Law, but only through faith in Christ Jesus (Ga. 2:16); even so, we reject any teaching which claims that God’s moral laws are not binding upon believers today (Matt. 5:17-19). The Old Testament ceremonial laws, having been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, do not bind the consciences of believers today. Principles embodied in Old Testament civil laws are timeless, but their specific applications were to the covenanted nation of Israel.

The light of nature shows that there is a God, who has lordship and sovereignty over all; is just, good and does good unto all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart and all the soul, and with all one’s might. However, the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by Himself and so limited by His own revealed will that He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, nor the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representations, or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scriptures.

Civil government is ordained of God. It is the duty of Christians to obey those who have rule over them in all matters consistent with the teaching of Scripture. Christians are also to pray for their rulers.

We believe in the future, visible, personal, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The bodies of men after death return to dust but their spirits return immediately to God – the righteous to rest with Him, the wicked to be reserved under darkness until the judgment. The bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.

God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds. The wicked will go into everlasting punishment in Hell with the devil and his angels. The righteous, with glorified bodies, will live and reign with Christ forever.