The Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Indiana is a network of ministers, layman and congregations throughout Indiana committed to promoting a renewed interest in the historic theology and doctrine once commonly held by Baptists throughout Indiana as it is preserved and expressed in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.
Our Beliefs: "The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience..." 1689LBC 1:1 In this sense the RBFI understands that any and all confessions of faith are always subordinate to the Holy Scriptures. Properly understood, confessions of faith are never considered equal with nor above the Word of God.
The doctrinal framework, which are founded upon the Scriptures, that shall govern the preaching and teaching of this fellowship will be those as expressed in the 1689 Baptist Confession and the 1693 Baptist Catechism.
In this sense we are confessing Baptists, owning and promoting those things "which are most surely believed among us".
C. H. Spurgeon once said concerning the 1689 Baptist Confession: "This ancient document is the most excellent epitome of the things most surely believed among us. It is not issued as an authoritative rule or code of faith, whereby you may be fettered, but as a means of edification in righteousness. It is an excellent, though not inspired, expression of the teaching of those Holy Scriptures by which all confessions are to be measured. We hold to the humbling truths of God's sovereign grace in the salvation of lost sinners. Salvation is through Christ alone and by faith alone."
Our Position on the Nature of the Local Church: According to the New Testament, the church is an assembly of baptized disciples, and thus demands that the priority and autonomy of the local church be emphasized over any fellowship, association and/or denomination.
The local church is the only earthly, visible organization that has Jesus Christ as it's Head, carrying His authority. Although we believe in the church universal, we do not believe in ecclesiastical authority beyond the local church. In Revelation 2 and 3, Jesus is seen as the Head of each of the seven churches. No church was more important to Him than another because it was bigger or richer or had fewer problems. They all had problems, and He dealt directly with each one as their direct Head.
This means that each local church has Christ as its Head and has all authority of His Word to govern its life without being dictated to by another church, fellowship of churches, or association of churches.
Our Position on the Fellowship of Local Churches: While respecting the autonomy or rather independency of each local church, we also acknowledge the plain pattern revealed to us in the New Testament of interdependency among local churches for the purpose of helping one another when invited for advice in doubtful matters and times of controversies, to offer and supply practical help in cases of physical needs and/or relief, to combine our prayers for the advancement of Christ's kingdom, to combine our volunteered financial support in planting new churches as God so chooses to raises up and call missionaries from among our members and thus sent out under the authority of their local church.
Our Unity: At the core of our fellowship are those precious biblical truths most surely believed among us which have been preserved in the 1689 Baptist Confession. Therefore, we fully agree with all the doctrines contained in this document that has served as a standard for Baptists for over three hundred and twenty five years.
Such clear and well defined confessional unity also affords us the opportunity to preserve uniformity among our churches in both faith and practice within the confines of our common Confession of Faith while also allowing for reasonable differences in non-essentials which do not contradict our confessional commitment.
Our Goal: Lord willing, we pray that several purposes will be accomplished through this Reformed Baptist fellowship:
First, that the glory of God would be honored as we endeavor to be faithful in expounding the Holy Scriptures at each of our meetings.
Secondly, that the Holy Spirit will work all things together in the hearts and minds of those who attend, so as to further the proclamation of the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ throughout our region.
Thirdly, that just as by the inspiration of His Holy Spirit, God can make men able ministers of the New Covenant, we pray he would also through this same means bring all in attendance, into that place of sanctification by where they are made to hate sin more and more and love that which is righteous.
Fourthly, that there will be scholarly, technical but yet practical training offered to all those who attend our meetings. This is offered to aid those who wish to refine or learn afresh, the skill and craft of biblical preaching.
Fifthly, that like minded churches will have opportunity to better known one another, pray for one another as we all share in precious like faith as they co-operate church to church and seek to plant new Confessional Reformed Baptist churches as God chooses to raise up men from within our assemblies to spread the Gospel throughout Indiana.
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Christ Reformed Baptist Church 2630 Woodward Ave. New Castle, Indiana 47362