1. We Believe in the Authority of Scripture
Sovereign Grace Church believes that the Bible is God’s Word. That means it is “breathed out by God” (2 Tim. 3:16). It is without error, sufficient for all people in all generations and nations, and it is to be the final authority in all matters of belief and practice in the church and in the life of the Christian. The Bible does not speak to all issues, but where it speaks clearly we want to believe strongly. Where it speaks less clearly we want to use it to derive clear principles and then use Godly wisdom to make a good decision on the matter. All that follows flows out of this belief.
2. We are Reformed
We call ourselves “Reformed” to align ourselves with a few doctrines made prominent in the 16th century Reformation. One of these is the inspiration of Scripture mentioned above. A second is the belief that that God is sovereign over all things, even the salvation of individuals (Rom. 9:6-24; Eph. 1:11). A third is a belief that all people must believe in Jesus Christ in order to be saved (Rom. 10:11-13). A fourth is the understanding that mankind is trapped in sin because of the fall of Adam and unable to free himself without the radical intervention of God in Jesus Christ(Rom. 5:12ff.).
3. We are Charismatic
We also call ourselves “Charismatic” because we believe that the “gifts” (charismata) of the Holy Spirit are at work in the church today just as they were in the first century church. We live in the age of the Spirit which began at Pentecost where God poured out his Spirit on his church (Acts 2:17ff.). The result of this is that a variety of gifts (1 Cor. 12:3-11) have been given to God's people, and we are to pursue these (1 Cor. 14:1ff.) and exercise these as we are able, all for the glory of the Giver of all gifts (1 Peter 4:10-11).
4. We Believe in a Strong Commitment to the Local Church
A distinctive of our church is also the high view of the local church that we teach and practice. We believe all Christians should become members of a local church and live out the “one another’s” that we read about in the New Testament—“build up one another,” “love one another,” “bear one another's burdens,” etc. (1 Thess. 5:11; 1 Peter 4:8-11; 1 John 4:7ff.; Gal. 6:2). This is why we place such an emphasis on small groups in the life of our church. It is in such fellowships that Christians can build the kind of friendships that foster growth, encouragement, and support in a world filled with challenges.
5. We Practice Believer’s Baptism
Our church is also “baptistic,” which means that we baptize those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:16-20; Acts 16:30-34). We do this by immersion in water after the person has confessed their belief in Jesus and his work of redemption. We do not set a minimum age on baptism or require someone to demonstrate specific evidences of regeneration. Our views are developed in Believe and Be Baptized.