We are, first and foremost, followers of Jesus Christ. As the English Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, "I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist. I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist, but if I am asked what is my creed, I reply, 'It is Jesus Christ.'" We are also members of the universal church. The universal church is comprised of every man, woman, and child who has ever trusted in Christ for salvation. Therefore, along with Christians of all kinds, we hold to the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and the Chalcedonian Definition.
We trace our roots back to the Protestant Reformation and, in particular, the Particular (Calvinistic) Baptists of the 17th century. We therefore, subscribe to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, the Five Solas of the Reformation, and the Regulative Principle of Worship.
We believe that scripture teaches that only believers are members of the New Covenant in Christ's blood. Therefore, baptism is only for those who have repented of their sins and professed faith in the Lord Jesus. Baptism is properly administered by immersion. Furthermore, we believe in congregational church polity, which means that the highest church authority is the assembly of believers in the local church. It is the congregation that ultimately holds "the keys of the kingdom" (Matthew 16:19).
We strive to "present everyone mature in Christ" (Colossians 1:28) through teaching, counseling, and discipleship. We believe that the majority of discipleship in the church happens through the ordinary means of grace on the Lord's Day; however, we also seek make disciples throughout the week, either in small groups, Bible studies, biblical counseling, or simple, organic one-on-one relationships.
We desire to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus - to make disciples of all nations and to be a light to all those around us. In America, a common cause of church growth is what is called "transfer growth," in which existing Christians leave their current church to join a new one. Transfer growth is not at all a bad thing; however, we must remember that a growth in membership does not necessarily mean that a church is reaching the lost with the gospel. Therefore, at Sovereign Joy, we welcome existing Christians into our fellowship, but we also seek to intentionally reach the lost in our community through evangelism.
Our children's Sunday School classes meet at 2 PM and are divided into two age groups: 2-6 years old and 7-12 years old. We use the excellent Sunday School curriculum put out by Great Commission Publications. Through the materials, the kids learn about biblical truth from a Reformed, confessional perspective that is easy to grasp and in a format that is engaging.
On the first Sunday of every month, after Lord's Day worship, the members of Sovereign Joy gather in several homes, typically for a meal, a time of discussion, and prayer.
We have three groups that meet within about a 15-minute drive from the church. For additional info about the closest small group to you, ask a church member on Sunday, or send an email in the "contact" link.
On the last Friday of every month, the men of the church gather for a time of fellowship and hanging out. The location changes from month to month, but typically, there is food, and each man may bring the beverage of his choice. There is no obligation to bring anything other than yourself.
On the second Friday of every month, the women of Sovereign Joy gather for a time of fellowship and edification. The location changes from month to month, but typically, the ladies bring food and drinks. There is no obligation to bring anything other than yourself.
Wednesday evenings from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM we meet for Biblical Counseling training. We use the Care & Discipleship Course material by the Institute of Biblical Counseling & Discipleship (IBCD).
Two Saturdays a month, we go to downtown Fort Worth to share the law and gospel with anyone who will listen, utilizing much of the Way of the Master style of evangelism. For more information, contact Dennis Cain.
Sovereign Joy Reformed Baptist Church
Sunday School - 2:00 pm; Worship 3:00 pm
Meeting at Grace Church, 4740 Western Center Blvd., Haltom City, TX 76137