We are Grace Covenant Baptist Church: a
“Confessional Church”. We have adopted the 1689
Second London Baptist Confession of Faith as the
statement of our doctrinal convictions. We hold this
historical standard as subordinate to the Word of God.
We here reprint The Abstract of Principles, a summary
of our Confession originally written by the founders of
The Southern Baptist Seminary in 1858.


I. The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were
given by inspiration of God, and are the only
sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving
knowledge, faith and obedience.


II. God
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and
Ruler of all things, having in & of Himself, all
perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him
all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and
obedience.


III. The Trinity
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
each with distinct personal attributes, but without
division of nature, essence or being.


IV. Providence
God from eternity, decrees or permits all things
that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs
and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not
to destroy the free will and responsibility of
intelligent creatures.


V. Election
Election is God's eternal choice of some persons
unto everlasting life — not because of foreseen
merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ —
in consequence of which choice they are called,
justified and glorified.


VI. The Fall of Man
God originally created man in His own image, and
free from sin; but, through the temptation of
Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and
fell from his original holiness and righteousness;
whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and
wholly opposed to God and His law, are under
condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of
moral action, become actual transgressors.


VII. The Mediator
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the
divinely appointed mediator between God and
man. Having taken upon Himself human nature,
yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the Law,
suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation
of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third
day, and ascended to His Father, at whose hand He
ever lives to make intercession for His people.
He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and
King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.


VIII. Regeneration
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by
the Holy Spirit, who quickens the dead in
trespasses and sins enlightening their minds
spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of
God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they
love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's
free and special grace alone.


IX. Repentance
Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a
person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of
the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for
it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence,
with a purpose and endeavor to walk
before God so as to please Him in all things.


X. Faith
Saving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of
whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning
Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for
justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the
heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all
other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.


XI. Justification
Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of
sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin,
through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not
for anything wrought in them or done by them;
but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of
Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His
righteousness by faith.


XII. Sanctification
Those who have been regenerated are also
sanctified, by God's Word and Spirit dwelling in
them. This sanctification is progressive through
the supply of Divine strength, which all saints
seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in
cordial obedience to all Christ's commands.


XIII. Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and
sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor
finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall
certainly persevere to the end; and though they
may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin,
whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces
and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and
temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall
be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by
the power of God through faith unto salvation.


XIV. The Church
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which
is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is
invested supremely all power for its government.
According to his commandment, Christians are to
associate themselves into particular societies or
churches; and to each of these churches He has
given needful authority for administering that
order, discipline and worship which He has
appointed. The regular officers of a Church are
... Elders and Deacons.


XV. Baptism
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus,
obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is
immersed in water in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his
fellowship with the death and resurrection of
Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself
up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is
prerequisite to church fellowship, and to
participation in the Lord's Supper.


XVI. The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ,
to be administered with the elements of bread and
wine, and to be observed by his churches till the
end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate his death, to
confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and
to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their
communion with him, and of their church
fellowship.                                                                                                                                                                            


XVII. The Lord's Day
The Lord's Day is a Christian institution for
regular observance, and should be employed in
exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both
public and private, resting from worldly
employments and amusements, works of necessity
and mercy only excepted.


XVIII. Liberty of Conscience
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He has
left it free from the doctrines and commandments
of men, which are in anything contrary to His
word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates
are ordained of God. Subjection in all lawful
thing commanded by them ought to be yielded
by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for
conscience sake.


XIX. The Resurrection
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 to the Judgment. At the
last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just &
unjust, will be raised.


XX. The Judgment
God has appointed a day, wherein He will judge
the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall
receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall
go into everlasting punishment; the righteous,
into everlasting life.


I write so that you may know how one ought
to conduct himself in the household of God,
which is the church of the loving God,
the pillar & support of the truth.

1 Timothy 3:15

Be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly
nourished on the words of faith & of the sound
doctrine which you have been following.

1 Timothy 4:6

Retain the standard of sound words
which you have heard from me,
in the faith & love which are in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:13