What is a Reformed Baptist? What is a Reformed Baptist? More and more people are becoming interested in answering this question. And we are grateful to God they are asking! With literally thousands of differing denominations and churches out there to consider in seeking your church home, what is it that sets a Reformed Baptist Church apart from all the rest? This is a very important question and one I hope to clearly and briefly answer for you now. Of course the name has two words in it "Reformed" and "Baptist". So in order to really understand our distinctives, we have to define those two important terms.
First, what does it mean to be Reformed? Being a Reformed Church means we trace our history back to the Bible through the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries truly was a "back to the Bible" movement. Many great and glorious truths of Scripture were rediscovered for the first time since being lost in the period of church history known as the Dark Ages. Reformed believers came to embrace five vital Scriptural truths that had laid buried beneath the surface of the church. Those five truths were that Christians are saved by grace alone (Sola Gratia) through faith alone (Sola Fide) in Christ alone (Sola Christus) to the glory of God alone (Soli Deo Gloria) with the Bible alone (Sola Scriptura) being the only final standard of the Christian's beliefs and practices. In short, seeing all of Scripture applying to all of life is the heart and soul of what it means to being "Reformed".
Second, what does it mean to be Baptist? Being Baptist is really shorthand for being a Credobaptist. So what then is a Credobaptist? A Credobaptist church or individual believes only those who make a credible profession (Credo = "I believe") in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, and show fruit of genuine repentance and faith in their life, should be baptized. Baptists believe the Bible illustrates and teaches only those who have professed Christ and been truly born again ought to be baptized. Baptists also believe church membership is only for those who have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and have been baptized in obedience to the Word of God.
Of course there is a lot more that could be said about being both "Reformed" and being "Baptist". We encourage every person to search the Scriptures and find God's glorious truth for themselves. Reformed Baptist have a rich tradition of discipling God's people according to His Word in hopes we are sincerely fulfilling the spirit of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 where it says, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work".