The essentials of our theology

Below you will find an overview of our core and non-negotiable beliefs. We are committed to the gospel being central in our worship gatherings, homes, communities, schools, and places of business. We believe that Jesus Christ has commissioned the church to share the gospel with everyone (Matt. 28:19-20). Therefore, we cooperate with other baptist and evangelical churches to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. 

Sovereign Grace Church (SGC) is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, Tennessee Baptist Convention, and Bledsoe Baptist Association. 

SGC is NOT affiliated with the group "Sovereign Grace Churches" or "Sovereign Grace Ministries."  

For an in-depth view of our beliefs - Baptist Faith & Message 2000 (click here).  

  • The bible is the Inspired, Inerrant, & Infallible Word of God!

    Our beliefs (theology) are rooted in the 66 books of the Old and New Testament.  We believe that the Bible alone is the special revelation of God and trumps all creeds, councils, and traditions.  The Bible alone is our authority in both faith (beliefs) and practice (behavior).  

    We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God that is both sufficient and authoritative. 

  • We are Saved by Grace and NOT by Works

    Grace is not something we earn or merit. Grace is the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, which includes mercy, forgiveness, justification, union with Christ, sanctification, preservation, and glorification of the undeserving. Grace is the unconditional gift of God poured out in fullness according to His will.  

  • Faith in Jesus Christ is how a person is Made Right with God (i.e., Justified by Faith Alone)

    A believer is justified (saved) by faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ.  We reject any addition to faith in the salvation of sinners.  We are not saved by faith + works, nor are we saved by works + faith; we are justified by faith alone. Furthermore, we believe saving faith is a gift from God and must be placed in the unique work of Jesus Christ. That is, his substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension, present lordship and intercession, and visible return for His church. 

  • Only Jesus Christ can Save (redeem) 

    You cannot save yourself, only Jesus Christ can save you. There is no other savior and no other way to the Father. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Christ alone saves, and he does so apart from works or perceived goodness. It is the mission of the church to preach Christ to the nations. 

  • We were created and saved For God's Glory

    We were created and saved for the glory of God. The primary purpose of humanity is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We are not saved for ourselves, but as a testimony to the goodness and grace of God. In the end, no one will be able to boast in himself or herself, but only in the God who saves wretched sinners. Believers are servants of Christ who seek to glorify the Triune God (Father, Son, and Spirit) in their homes, schools, work places, and communities. 

Read Pastor T.J.'s thoughts on

why He is a baptist

(click here)