What’s in a Name?

A name reveals a lot about an organization. The choices we make about our own title describe our ideas, goals, and beliefs.

Sovereign Grace

The word “Sovereign” means absolute, permanent power and authority. The word is derived from the Latin word “superanus”, which means above. And the word “Grace” means the “unmerited” or unearned favor of God. So, “Sovereign Grace” expresses the biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God in all things and especially salvation, wherein all of the actions and works that result in people coming to know God, receiving spiritual life from God, being forgiven by God, and living with God both now and forever all flow from the absolute rule and independent activity of God bestowing the blessings of forgiveness and everlasting life to undeserving sinners in rebellion against God.

By taking the name “Baptist,” we are stating our conviction that only professing believers should be baptized and become members of the local church. We are convinced of this because of the progression of the Bible from Old to New Testaments, the clear commands of Christ, and the example of the early church. Baptism is an outward visible sign that a believer is united to Christ through His death, burial, and resurrection.

Our History

January 2021
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church was initially planted by Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Georgetown, TX
February 2021
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church (SGBC) held its first Worship Service at 601 South Fourth Street in Bonham, TX
August 2022
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church conducted its Constituting Service where the Charter was signed by Founding Members.
August 2022
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church elected Jeff Massey as Elder by the Founding Members.

Fundamentally, by using the phrase “Sovereign Grace” as part of our name, we fully identify with the teaching expressed in the confessions of the 16th and 17th century as a result of the Protestant Reformation. The key ideas of the Reformation were captured in five Latin slogans:


The scripture alone is our final authority in every area of life because it is the Word of God.


Christ’s perfect life and atoning death in the sinner’s place is the only basis for our acceptance with God.


Sinners are saved by God’s grace alone.


Faith alone is the channel by which sinners receive God’s grace.


All glory for our salvation must go to God alone.