At Revival Life Baptist we take doctrine seriously. We understand that there are many beliefs that we can disagree on, but there are others that are simply foundational to the faith. The following are necessary core doctrines:
- The Inerrancy of Scripture
- Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection
- Jesus sinlessness
- There is ONLY one true God
- The Virgin Birth
- The Trinity: The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
- The existence of an eternal Hell
- The necessity of belief in Jesus Christ only as savior for salvation.
As well to those beliefs we hold to the Five Solas of the Reformation:
Faith Alone (Sola Fide)
Justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. In justification Christ's righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of God's perfect justice. Our justification does not rest on any merit to be found in us, nor upon the grounds of an infusion of Christ's righteousness in us, nor that an institution claiming to be a church that denies or condemns sola fide can be recognized as a legitimate church.
Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura)
The inerrant Scripture (the Bible) is the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured. It is denied that any creed, council or individual may bind a Christian's conscience, that the Holy Spirit speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal spiritual experience can ever be a vehicle of revelation.
Christ Alone (Solus Christus)
Our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of the historical Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to the Father. It is denied that the gospel is preached if Christ's substitutionary work is not declared and faith in Christ and his work is not solicited.
Grace Alone (Sola Gratia)
In salvation we are rescued from God's wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life. It is denied that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerated human nature
Glory to God Alone (Soli Deo Gloria)
It is affirmed that because salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God, it is for God's glory and that we must glorify him always. We must live our entire lives before the face of God, under the authority of God and for his glory alone. It is denied that we can properly glorify God if our worship is confused with entertainment, if we neglect either Law or Gospel in our preaching, or if self-improvement, self-esteem or self- fulfillment are allowed to become alternatives to the gospel.
We are by conviction and distinction Baptist. To be a member at Revival Life Baptist you have to affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. All elders of the church have to ascribe to both the BF&M2000 as well as to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith. We do not require members to hold to the 2LBC, but the leadership and teaching of the church is consistent with the confession. You can find both confessions at the following links:
Baptist Faith and Message 2000: http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp
Second London Baptist Confession: www.the1689confession.com
Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding doctrine.