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1689 Baptist Confession of Faith

What we believe is summarised in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. A further summary of that document is found below. The full details can easily be found with a web search.

If you want a more simple explanation of the Christian faith, you may feel that the find out more section of this site is more suitable.

A Summary

  • The Divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • The unity, equality and individual personality of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, in the Godhead.
  • The Sovereignty of God in Redemption, Creation, Revelation and Final Judgement.
  • The essential Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; His Incarnation and Virgin Birth; the all-sufficiency of His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice for the sins of men; His bodily resurrection and ascension; His present intercessory ministry as Great High Priest; and His future personal return, and universal reign.
  • The personality of Satan, the arch enemy of God and man, the author of man’s fallen nature.
  • The fall and sinful state of man and his total inability to save himself, apart from the intervention of the only Mediator, Jesus Christ.
  • The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, convicting him of sin, granting him repentance toward God, and regeneration leading to faith in Jesus Christ.
  • The constant need of the work of the Holy Spirit indwelling every believer for sanctification, spiritual enlightenment and power for service, resulting in a holy life and character which forms the evidence of conversion.
  • The baptism of the believers by immersion into water as the Baptism ordained by the Lord, practised by the Apostles, and taught in the New Testament; and the Lord’s Table as a remembrance and proclamation of His death upon the Cross, but in no way another sacrifice.
  • The “local church” as a called-out community of born again believers, with liberty to order its own life as the Holy Spirit will guide through the Scriptures, and enjoying fellowship with all those who love our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • The necessity of a world-wide ministry of evangelism to fulfil the Great Commission to “Make disciples of all nations”.
  • The resurrection of the body, the judgement of mankind by our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal blessedness of the elect and the eternal banishment of the lost.

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