By 'Reformed' we mean that we trace our theological roots back to the 16th Century Protestant Reformation. It was during this powerful movement of God that men and women turned from the traditions and commandments of men and began to look once again to the Holy Scriptures as their only certain and infallible rule of faith and practice. As they looked to the Scriptures alone they began to rediscover many of the great doctrines of the Bible, which have been summarized by the watchwords: the Scriptures Alone, salvation by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone, to the Glory of God Alone. We are thankful to God for such a rich and Biblical heritage.
By ‘Baptist’ we mean that we believe that the Bible teaches that only professing believers should be baptized and become members of the church.
What is a Reformed Baptist Church?
If you are new to Grace Reformed Baptist Church, you may notice that our worship style is different from other churches. This difference is not without purpose. We are very intentional about how we worship God. This guide is meant to help you better understand what we are doing and why.
We believe in God-centered worship. As we gather on the Lord’s Day, the day which God has set apart for worship, we come together to give Him the glory that is due His name. We should not come together primarily to feel better or to be entertained but to reverently honor and please God.
Our primary desire is not to accommodate our worship to what pleases men, but to give to the Lord the worship that pleases Him. What kind of worship pleases the Lord? Does it really matter how He is worshipped? We believe that it does matter, especially to God. God has not left us to our own imaginations or devices, but He has told us in His Word how He is to be worshipped. The Bible prescribes for us, not only the proper attitude of worship, but also the basic elements of worship, which are: the reading and preaching of Scripture, prayer and praise, the observance of the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), and giving of our offerings to the Lord. We believe in the primacy of the preaching of God’s Word because it is through the proclamation of the Holy Scriptures that God saves sinners and sanctifies His people.
It is our prayer that as you join us in the worship of the triune God, you may know the great grace of God in Jesus Christ.
Pastor Jeff Oliver studied at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, CA, where he received a Master of Divinity Degree, following which he was ordained and installed as Pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, in Placerville in 2006.