We are a Reformed Baptist church in Atlanta (Lawrenceville), Georgia. We are thoroughly Bible believing and identify with the teachings of Christ and His apostles that were recaptured at the time of the Protestant Reformation and summarized in the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith (en espanol).
We Are “Reformed Baptists”
Our church is doctrinally based in that realm of theology that was recovered during the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century – known today as ‘Reformed Theology.’ We recognize that we currently live in a difficult time of church history. Due to the prevailing liberal culture, the impact of entertainment and the apathy of the church, there is the tendency for the church to react with a pragmatic approach to evangelism, worship and ecclesiology. We reject these new paradigms in theology and affirm that what the church needs in our present day is a new reformation and recovery of lost ground.
Over time, words lose meaning. In a very real way, this has happened to the word “baptist.” We have chosen to use this word to describe our church because we are classical baptists in the historic sense. We identify with the English Particular Baptists of the 17th Century in our commitment to:
- Dedication to the authority of Scripture
- Calvinistic understanding of the gospel
- Covenantal understanding of Scripture
- Elder-led church government
- Subscription to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith
We exist locally as a body of believers, but we realize that we are viably connected to all other believers throughout history. Furthermore, we recognize that we exist not only geographically as a local congregation, but as a specific fellowship within a distinct point in redemptive history. Therefore, we acknowledge our fellowship with the one true fellowship of believers throughout the ages and in the age to come.
|We believe the “The 9Marks” below to be an excellent summary of our position on the topics covered:|
1. Expositional Preaching
This is preaching which expounds what Scripture says in a particular passage, carefully explaining its meaning and applying it to the congregation. It is a commitment to hearing God’s Word and to recovering the centrality of it in our worship.
2. Biblical Theology
Paul charges Titus to “teach what is in accord with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). Our concern should be not only with how we are taught, but with what we are taught. Biblical theology is a commitment to know the God of the Bible as He has revealed Himself in Scripture.
3. Biblical Understanding of the Good News
The gospel is the heart of Christianity. But the good news is not that God wants to meet people’s felt needs or help them develop a healthier self-image. We have sinfully rebelled against our Creator and Judge. Yet He has graciously sent His Son to die the death we deserved for our sin, and He has credited Christ’s acquittal to those who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection. That is the good news.
4. Biblical Understanding of Conversion
The spiritual change each person needs is so radical, so near the root of us, that only God can do it. We need God to convert us. Conversion need not be an emotionally heated experience, but it must evidence itself in godly fruit if it is to be what the Bible regards as a true conversion.
5. Biblical Understanding of Evangelism
How someone shares the gospel is closely related to how he understands the gospel. To present it as an additive that gives non-Christians something they naturally want (i.e. joy or peace) is to present a half-truth, which elicits false conversions. The whole truth is that our deepest need is spiritual life, and that new life only comes by repenting of our sins and believing in Jesus. We present the gospel openly, and leave the converting to God.
6. Biblical Understanding of Membership
Membership should reflect a living commitment to a local church in attendance, giving, prayer and service; otherwise it is meaningless, worthless, and even dangerous. We should not allow people to keep their membership in our churches for sentimental reasons or lack of attention. To be a member is knowingly to be traveling together as aliens and strangers in this world as we head to our heavenly home.
7. Biblical Church Discipline
Church discipline gives parameters to church membership. The idea seems negative to people today – “didn’t our Lord forbid judging?” But if we cannot say how a Christian should not live, how can we say how he or she should live? Each local church actually has a biblical responsibility to judge the life and teaching of its leaders, and even of its members, particularly insofar as either could compromise the church’s witness to the gospel.
8. Promotion of Christian Discipleship and Growth
A pervasive concern with church growth exists today – not simply with growing numbers, but with growing members. Though many Christians measure other things, the only certain observable sign of growth is a life of increasing holiness, rooted in Christian self-denial. These concepts are nearly extinct in the modern church. Recovering true discipleship for today would build the church and promote a clearer witness to the world.
9. Biblical Understanding of Leadership
What eighteenth-century Baptists and Presbyterians often agreed upon was that there should be a plurality of elders in each local church. This plurality of elders is not only biblical, but practical — it has the immense benefit of rounding out the pastor’s gifts to ensure the proper shepherding of God’s church.