What GRBC Believes

Confession
of faith

Our full doctrinal commitments are contained in The Second London Baptist Confession of Faith – 1689.

Confession
of faith - modern

A modern English version of our confession of faith can be found here...

why the
1689 confession?

An article articulating reasons why local churches ought to hold to this confession.

We believe the following truths

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1. We believe the Bible alone is the Word of God written...

...and that it was given without error and is sufficient to reveal who God is and what He requires of us for His glory and our eternal happiness.

2. We believe that God exists eternally in three Persons...

...the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

3. We believe God created the world in the space of six days...

...and all for His glory.

4. We believe God created Adam and Eve in His image...

...and that the sin of our first parents brought the rest of mankind into a state of sin, misery, bondage, and condemnation.

5. We believe that God’s law shows us who God is...

...what He requires of us, and, due to our sin, condemns us all.

6. We believe that our perfect obedience to the law of God is both impossible...

...and insufficient to earn us a right standing with God.

7. We believe that God has revealed the only way of salvation...

...from our sin in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

8. We believe that the gospel was first revealed to Adam and Eve...

...and then progressively revealed in the Old Testament until it was fully revealed in Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

9. We believe that Jesus Christ is very God and very man...

...the unique Mediator between God and man.

10. We believe that Jesus Christ perfectly obeyed the law of God for us and died...

...under the wrath of God for the forgiveness of our sins.

11. We believe Jesus Christ was raised from the dead on the third day...

...for our justification and ascended into heaven where He sits at the Father’s right hand.

12. We believe that the salvation purchased by Jesus Christ...

...is brought to the souls of sinners through the preaching of the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit.

13. We believe that justification (being pronounced right with God)...

...comes to us through the instrument of faith alone and is based on the righteousness of Christ and not on anything in us or done by us.

14. We believe that faith is the gift of God brought to us by the Holy Spirit.

15. We believe that everyone who believes in Christ is justified...

...adopted, sanctified, and glorified by grace alone.

16. We believe that the church is the community of believers...

...the temple of God on earth.

17. We believe that believers are brought into the local church voluntarily...

...either by water baptism or by expressed personal desire.

18. We believe that the church is responsible to teach baptized believers...

...all that Christ commanded them.

19. We believe that the church is responsible to provide public worship...

...where prayer, singing, Scripture reading, preaching, discipline, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper are to be conducted.

20. We believe that Sunday is the Lord’s Day, the day of public worship...

...for Christians and the day of rest form our normal labors and activities.

21. We believe that each local church is to be self-governed by its elders...

...under the Word of God.

22. We believe that each local church is called by Christ to...

...spread the gospel to others throughout the world.

23. We believe that the souls of believers who die before Christ returns...

...to this earth enjoy temporary joy and satisfaction with Christ in heaven.

24. We believe in the bodily resurrection of believers and unbelievers...

...when Christ returns a second time to this earth.

25. We believe in the judgment of the living and the dead...

...at the resurrection of all men.

26. We believe that all those who do not believe the gospel will...

...suffer eternal, conscious punishment in hell in both body and soul.

27. We believe that all those who believe the gospel will not suffer condemnation...

...but enter into the new heavens and the new earth in body and soul to enjoy eternal, joyous communion with God and other believers.