As Baptists we have a rich history of theology and action to mirror today. First Baptist Garden Grove is primarily concerned about the knowing the Gospel weekly, making the name of Christ known in our city, worshiping God and knowing God’s covenant with man. We admire the London Baptist Confession of 1689 greatly, but do not hold strict adherence as a litmus test of ones spirituality, Christianity, or ability to lead. This document is not considered exhaustive, but is a convenient summary of belief. The Bible is our sole authority of faith and practice.
We are distinctly Covenantal in our theology, regarding the Covenant of Grace as made with the elect. Baptism is seen as a sign of the New Covenant administration – made with those who have been regenerated by having the law written on their hearts, their sins forgiven and who savingly know the Lord (Jeremiah 31:31-34). As typical of Baptists, only those who can credibly profess this reality are to be baptized. We are spiritual heirs of English Baptists John Bunyan and Charles Spurgeon