TRBC is a “confessional church,” meaning we have a written statement of faith that declares to the world what we believe the Bible teaches. The Bible itself is the only authority for what we believe, but the Confession serves to safeguard the church against false teaching by serving as a doctrinal standard that the elders of our church all agree to uphold.
The Confession of Faith we have adopted is the historic 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith – the very Confession that was adopted by the Metropolitan Tabernacle of London where C. H. Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers” preached to thousands of people every Lord’s Day in Victorian England. Spurgeon said about this Confession, “This little volume is not issued as an authoritative rule, of coed of faith, whereby you are to be fettered, but as an assistance to you in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and a means of edification in righteousness. Here the younger members of our church will have a body of divinity in small compass, and by means of the Scriptural proofs, will be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in them. Be not ashamed of your faith; remember it is the ancient gospel of martyrs, confessors, reformers, and saints. Above all, it is the truth of God, against which the gates if Hell cannot prevail.
The first Baptist church in the South, founded near Charleston, South Carolina, adopted this Confession as their statement of faith, and so have countless other Baptist churches in America since that time.
If you are concerned about the weak, watered down message that is prevalent in many churches in America today, and long to hear solid biblical preaching and teaching that upholds “the faith once for all delivered to the saints,” come visit us. We are committed to believe, proclaim, and live out in daily life “the whole counsel of God” revealed in the Bible and transmitted to us by our faithful forefathers who fought the good fight of faith and held fast the confession of their hope without wavering.
(Texarkana Reformed Baptist Church is in substantial agreement with the 1689 Confession and we believe it to be the best of all of the confessions of the Christian Religion. However, all manmade documents are fallible – simply because they are manmade. And the 1689 Confession is no exception to this maxim. Thus, we differ with the Confession of certain issues. Our differences constitute a small percentage of the whole. We state some of these differences in our Policy Manual under Policy #11, Concerning the Lord’s Day, page 16.)