What We Believe
We are reformed in that we believe in the doctrines of grace; at the same time we are very evangelistic and missions-minded.
TRBC is a “confessional church,” meaning we have a written statement of faith that declares to the world what we believe the Bible teaches. The Bible itself is the only authority for what we believe, but the Confession serves to safeguard the church against false teaching by serving as a doctrinal standard that the elders of our church all agree to uphold.
The Confession of Faith we have adopted is the historic 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith – the very Confession that was adopted by the Metropolitan Tabernacle of London where C. H. Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers” preached to thousands of people every Lord’s Day in Victorian England. Spurgeon said about this Confession, “This little volume is not issued as an authoritative rule, of coed of faith, whereby you are to be fettered, but as an assistance to you in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and a means of edification in righteousness.”
Here the younger members of our church will have a body of divinity in small compass, and by means of the Scriptural proofs, will be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in them. Be not ashamed of your faith; remember it is the ancient gospel of martyrs, confessors, reformers, and saints. Above all, it is the truth of God, against which the gates if Hell cannot prevail.
The first Baptist church in the South, founded near Charleston, South Carolina, adopted this Confession as their statement of faith, and so have countless other Baptist churches in America since that time.
If you are concerned about the weak, watered down message that is prevalent in many churches in America today, and long to hear solid biblical preaching and teaching that upholds “the faith once for all delivered to the saints,” come visit us. We are committed to believe, proclaim, and live out in daily life “the whole counsel of God” revealed in the Bible and transmitted to us by our faithful forefathers who fought the good fight of faith and held fast the confession of their hope without wavering.
While Texarkana Reformed Baptist Church is in substantial agreement with the 1689 Confession, we recognize that all man-made documents are fallible – simply because they are man-made. We see the 1689 Confession not as equal to Scripture but as a valuable source for both defining and learning more about our beliefs. We do differ from the original Confession on several points: 1) We do not believe that the Pope is the anti-Christ. He may be an anti-Christ, but not the anti-Christ. 2) We are not certain that it is clearly taught in Scripture that “elect infants dying in infancy, are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit.” 3) We do not practice Sabbath-keeping as explained by the Confession. We rejoice to acknowledge the fact that godly, committed believers are to be found on both sides of these issues.
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