Our Distinctives

There are three words that we use to describe who we are and what we believe at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in San Angelo, TX. These words are Creedal, Reformed, and Baptist.

Creedal

By assuming the descriptor “Creedal,” we declare that we see ourselves as orthodox, evangelical Christians in the creedal tradition of the church of Jesus Christ. We believe that God has not only preserved His Word for the church throughout the ages, but that He has preserved a unity of doctrine expressed clearly and succinctly in “forms of sound words” at key points in the church’s history. We, along with the great creeds and confessions of the church, affirm the essential doctrines of the Trinity, the Hypostatic Union of Christ, the Inspiration, Inerrancy, Infallibility, and Authority of Scripture, and Justification by Faith Alone.

Reformed

By calling ourselves “Reformed,” we identify ourselves with the theology commonly expressed in the great confessions of the 16th and 17th century as a result of the Protestant Reformation. The essential affirmations of the Protestant movement have been best captured in The Five Solas of the Reformation:

  • SOLA SCRIPTURAScripture Alone is our final authority in every area of life because it is the Word of God;
  • SOLUS CHRISTUSIn Christ Alone, in his perfect life and atoning death in the sinner’s place, is the basis for our acceptance by God;
  • SOLA GRATIABy Grace Alone in Christ, not works of human merit or effort, does God save sinners;
  • SOLA FIDEThrough Faith Alone sinners receive or appropriate this grace of God;
  • SOLI DEO GLORIATo God Alone Be the Glory for saving sinners and for everything else in this life and the life to come, eternal.
Baptist

By taking the name “Baptist,” we are stating our conviction that only professing believers should be baptized into the membership of the local church. We believe without reservation that baptism is for believers only because of the progress of the covenants, the commands of Christ, and the example of the early church. With respect to the purpose of baptism, we believe that it is an outward visible sign or symbol of the inward spiritual reality that a believer has been immersed into Christ through personal repentance and faith in Jesus and His saving work alone. Those who are rightly baptized, in doing so, join themselves to a local church where they are to give themselves to the Word, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.