Grace Reformed Baptist Church

Now serving grace and truth...

  • 2624 Lyndon Avenue
  • Chattanooga
  • TN
  • 37415

(423) 875-3054
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What We Believe

Our doctrinal statement defines and explains LABC's theological position. In addition, you may find our explanation of the role of Elders and Deacons helpful.  One of the most important things we believe is the Good News.

 

Ministry Philosophy

Purpose

  • The purpose of God for the church: Glorify Himself by gathering a people for His name.

Acts 15:14
Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.

  • The purpose of the church: Glorify God by valuing Him above all else.

1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Mission

The mission of the church: Fulfilling the great commission in accordance with the great commandments.
Matthew 28:19-20 Great Commission
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 22:37-38 Great Commandment
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind
This is the first and great commandment.

On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.
The practical implications of this mission statement can be summarized in the acronym EAT:

  • Evangelize

  • Assimilate

  • Teach. 

They should not be pursued independently rather these rudiments should be pursued in every endeavor.  At times one of these elements may seem to be the primary focus however it is essential to find ways to incorporate each aspect of discipleship so that our purpose will not be fragmented.  Everything that is accomplished should be done to the glory of God.  God is glorified when He is the object of our affection.

Ephesians 4:15
but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ--

The Responsibilities of Church Congregants

 

Pastors

The responsibilities of the PASTOR(S) / ELDER(S): Glorify God by equipping the church to fulfill the purpose of Christ by teaching, overseeing, and leading the church by providing a Christ-like example.


Ephesians 4:11,12
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

1 Peter 5:2
shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;

1 Timothy 5:17
The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.

Members

1 Thessalonians 5:12,13
But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.


Hebrews 13:17
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.


Romans 14:19
So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

Ephesians 4:12
for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;