What We Believe
RBCNC identifies itself as a Christ-centered, Confessional, Gospel driven, Reformed Baptist congregation. "Reformed" is a word that gets thrown around a lot today. By it we mean that we are rooted in the theology of the Reformation regarding salvation (especially the so-called Solas: by faith alone, through grace alone, because of Christ alone), that we are covenantal in our reading of Scripture (God's word is a basic unity, with particular emphasis on the work of Jesus Christ), and that we hold to the principle that the Bible alone has the right to tell us how to worship God (the Regulative Principle of Worship). We have Reformed worship with expository preaching and weekly communion. Seeing and speaking about our Savior, Christ in all of Scripture, as well as our worship together are things we particularly delight in.
We are also Baptistic in our form of church government and our views of baptism.
We believe all of this is expressed faithfully by our historic Confession of Faith (the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689). We hold this Confession substantially, meaning that we hold to the doctrines expressed in each chapter, yet with liberty and charity over minor matters of wording, application, and nuance not essential to those doctrines as a whole. We are charter members of Reformed Baptist Network, a confessional association of churches whose mission is "To glorify God through cooperation in fulfilling the Great Commission to the ends of the earth."
We are proud to be part of the universal church, existing beyond denominational lines, that has faithfully passed that Faith down from generation to generation. We believe in the final authority of Scripture alone, but as public, orthodox (small "o") Christians we eagerly embrace the early creeds such as the Apostle's and Nicene to be faithful, biblical summaries of the most basic teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are also proud to align ourselves with historic Protestant Christianity which sought to reform the church back to a more biblical faith and practice. Ours is a church that believes something substantial and is not afraid to tell others about it.
Below you will find links to various aspects of what we believe and who who we are as a church.