RMBC is a fellowship which is strongly committed to Reformation theology, with its emphasis on the glory, grace, and sovereignty of God. Although the Scripture alone is our authority, and though there are strengths and weaknesses in any human document, we find that in general, the various confessions arising out of the Reformation provide an excellent summary of biblical truth.
We also recognize that because the various reformed confessions are human creations, whether Baptist, Presbyterian, Congregational, etc., they may contain statements with which RMBC is free to take exception. For example, RMBC is a Baptist church and as such would disagree with the Westminster Confession’s teaching regarding infant baptism. Nonetheless, we find the Westminster Confession to be extremely clear and helpful on many other points. The same would be true of the other documents which have been mentioned, as well.
Articles of Faith
The Word of God
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, and complete as the revelation of God’s plan of redemption. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters to which it speaks, and sufficient for the equipping of God’s people for every good work.
We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, sovereign, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten and eternal Son, and has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe further that He is not only true God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession of behalf of His people, and His personal, visible return from heaven.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality, and His work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost and empowering the believer for godly living through obedience and service. We also believe that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to comfort and teach the people of God through the illumination of His Word.
We believe that on the sixth day God created man, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We further believe that in Adam all people are sinners and are therefore spiritually dead, unable and unwilling to understand spiritual things or to contribute anything toward their own salvation.
We believe in salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. We further believe that this salvation is based soley upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received through faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We further believe that salvation will inevitably result in the progress of holiness and spiritual maturity.
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who have been regenerate by the Holy Spirit. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism, and for service. We believe the ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches of like faith and the mutual submission of believers to one another in love.
Separation of Church and State
We believe that each local church is self-governing and must be free from interference by any political authority. We further believe that every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life, and that each should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his or her conscience.
We believe that the supreme task of all believers is to glorify God by striving toward holiness, being faithful stewards of the possessions that God has entrusted to them, and by seeking to realize for themselves the full stature of maturity in Christ.
We believe that Satan is a person, the accuser of the brethren, the prince of this world system, and that he shall be eternally punished.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost, the eternal existence of both in either heaven of hell, in divine judgments, rewards, and punishments