9:13,16; Eph. 11 John 7:38,39; Heb. 36:26,27; John 6:44,45; Ps. Richard Adams, Minister, Shad Thames, Southwark 2:5; John 5:25 14 Matt. No church members, upon any offence taken by them, having performed their duty required of them towards the person they are offended at, ought to disturb any church-order, or absent themselves from the assemblies of the church, or administration of any ordinances, upon the account of such offence at any of their fellow members, but to wait upon Christ, in the further proceeding of the church.26 So here … The justification of believers under the Old Testament was, in all these respects, one and the same with the justification of believers under the New Testament.18 They being the root, and by God's appointment, standing in the room and stead of all mankind, the guilt of the sin was imputed, and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation,6 being now conceived in sin,7 and by nature children of wrath,8 the servants of sin, the subjects of death,9 and all other miseries, spiritual, temporal, and eternal, unless the Lord Jesus set them free.10 95:1-7, 65:2 Although it be incumbent on the bishops or pastors of the churches, to be instant in preaching the word, by way of office, yet the work of preaching the word is not so peculiarly confined to them but that others also gifted and fitted by the Holy Spirit for it, and approved and called by the church, may and ought to perform it.24 147:20; Acts 16:7 Confession is an expression of faith that qualifies one for baptism “unto” the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). 8:17 7 John 15:14 This promise of Christ, and salvation by him, is revealed only by the Word of God;3 neither do the works of creation or providence, with the light of nature, make discovery of Christ, or of grace by him, so much as in a general or obscure way;4 much less that men destitute of the revelation of Him by the promise or gospel, should be enabled thereby to attain saving faith or repentance.5 In the early church and still today, baptism is associated with a public confession of faith. 2 Eph. This was first put forth about the year 1643, in theÂ name of seven congregations then gathered in London . 2:14,15 8. 1 Rom. 2:5, Paragraph 10. . 2 2 Chron. 9 John 14:13,14 12. Richard Sutton, Pastor, Tring, Herts 3:12 9. 28 Exod. DOI link for BAPTISM AS PUBLIC CONFESSION OF FAITH. 11:4,6 36:27, Paragraph 1. 2:1-6 77:1-12 Â Â Â Â Presbyterians and Congregationalists suffered less than did Baptists under this harassment.Â No little reason for their relative success in resisting government tyranny was their united front of doctrinal agreement.Â All Presbyterians stood by their Westminster Confession of 1646.Â Congregationalists adopted virtually the same articles of faith in the Savoy Confession of 1658.Â Feeling their substantial unity with paedobaptists suffering under the same cruel injustice, Calvinistic Baptists met to publish their substantial harmony with them in doctrine. 2:13 18 Heb. 6 Job 19:26,27 4 Matt. & Glouc. 16 Gal. 2:2; Acts 20:32, Paragraph 2. See Article 15, concerning the doctrine of original sin. There is a session on each article of the Confession. Â Â Â Â A circular letter was sent to particular Baptist churches in England and Wales asking each assembly to send representatives to a meeting in London in 1677.Â A confession consciously modeled after the Westminster Confession of Faith was approved and published.Â It has ever since born the name of the Second London Confession.Â The First London Confession had been issued by seven Baptist congregations of London in 1644.Â That first document had been drawn up to distinguish newly organized Calvinistic Baptists from the Arminian Baptists and the Anabaptists.Â Because this second London Confession was drawn up in dark hours of oppression, it was issued anonymously. A particular church, gathered and completely organized according to the mind of Christ, consists of officers and members; and the officers appointed by Christ to be chosen and set apart by the church (so called and gathered), for the peculiar administration of ordinances, and execution of power or duty, which he intrusts them with, or calls them to, to be continued to the end of the world, are bishops or elders, and deacons.15 As each church, and all the members of it, are bound to pray continually for the good and prosperity of all the churches of Christ,27 in all places, and upon all occasions to further every one within the bounds of their places and callings, in the exercise of their gifts and graces, so the churches, when planted by the providence of God, so as they may enjoy opportunity and advantage for it, ought to hold communion among themselves, for their peace, increase of love, and mutual edification.28 6:4, Paragraph 2. 2 1 John 2:3, 3:14,18,19,21,24, 5:13 Exodus Below is a list of the chapters of the confession. 15:19, Paragraph 5. 13:8-10; James 2:8,10-12 Jun 1 Of the Holy Scriptures Brian Malcolm. 13 Job 9:2, 3; Gal. 6 Heb. 21:1 10 Heb. 1:5-11 45:7; Acts 10:38; John 3:34 5:7 46:10,11; Ps. Baptism is the first of the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. 4 Rom. God’s promises are great and the responsibility to trust in those promises is great as well. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity or affinity, forbidden in the Word;8 nor can such incestuous marriages ever be made lawful, by any law of man or consent of parties, so as those persons may live together as man and wife.9 Lamentations 2:8,9; Rom. Edmond White, Pastor, Evershall, Bedford 16. 11:24,25, Paragraph 7. Click on a chapter to proceed to the chapter page with scripture proofs. 10:25; Acts 2:42, Paragraph 7. Behind the sacrament of baptism is the confession that I am dirty before God, sinful. 16 Acts 14:23 6:8; Heb. 26:75, Paragraph 6. 45 Col. 1:21; Gal. 3 Acts 26:18 11 Matt. The Philadelphia Confession was a modification of the Second London Confession that added an Translated by J. C. Wenger . 3:2 5:24 18 1:20-22, Paragraph 3. After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female,4 with reasonable and immortal souls,5 rendering them fit unto that life to God for which they were created; being made after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness;6 having the law of God written in their hearts,7 and power to fulfill it, and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject to change.8 Of the Perseverance of the Saints Such of the elect that are converted at riper years, having sometime lived in the state of nature, and therein served divers pleasures, God in their effectual calling gives them repentance to life.1 11 Eph. 21 Luke 10:20, Paragraph 1. 5; Rev. 8 Ps. 28:19; 1 Cor. 13 Rom. 7 1 Tim. The catholic or universal church, which (with respect to the internal work of the Spirit and truth of grace) may be called invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ, the head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of him that fills all in all.1 14:9,10; Acts 1:11; 2 Pet. Of Free Will The purest churches under heaven are subject to mixture and error;4 and some have so degenerated as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan;5 nevertheless Christ always has had, and ever shall have a kingdom in this world, to the end thereof, of such as believe in him, and make profession of his name.6 25 Ps. 8:7; Col. 1:21 This infallible assurance does not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and struggle with many difficulties before he be partaker of it;9 yet being enabled by the Spirit to know the things which are freely given him of God, he may, without extraordinary revelation, in the right use of means, attain thereunto:10 and therefore it is the duty of every one to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure, that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience, the proper fruits of this assurance;11 -so far is it from inclining men to looseness.12 12 1 Cor. Hansard Knollys, Pastor Broken Wharf, London 10:16,17,21, Paragraph 2. 20:4,5, Paragraph 5. 20:8 19 Eph. 16 Rom. 1:9; 1 John 5:20 34 1 Cor. 1:4, 9, 11; Rom. 26. 6 Ps. 4:3 6:22, 23, Paragraph 2. 4 Rom. 12 Rom. Of Lawful Oaths and Vows Why Does the EFCA Adhere to the “Significance of Silence”? 6 2 Tim. 28 John 20:25,27 1:20, 21; Acts 15:15, 16, Paragraph 10. Immersion, or dipping of the person in water, is necessary to the due administration of this ordinance.8 Â Â Â Â Mr. Spurgeon did not, however, when he republished this Confession, merely preface it with certain words of general commendation.Â He also addressed to his own church at New Park Street some practical words of advice as to how they should use the Confession.Â These are still relevant today. Zechariah 4. 4 Rom. 15:4; 2 Pet. 8:30, 9:11,16 7 Rom. Where did we get that idea of baptism? 3:21 25:41-43, Paragraph 1. 4:15,16 21 Ps. 17 Ps. Just as Mark 16:16 teaches that belief and baptism are essential to salvation, and Acts 2:38 teaches that repentance and baptism are for (unto) remission of sins, so Romans 10:9,10 teaches that faith and confession are necessary to salvation. William Kiffin, Pastor Devonshire-square, London 12 Luke 1:27,31,35; Rom. 3:23 The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelation of the Spirit, or traditions of men.9Â Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word,10 and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the Word, which are always to be observed.11 5:21-23 1:19-21, 2:14,15; Psalm 19:1-3 That grace is covenantal—for believers and their children. 3:13 23 Gal. 23:3; Ps. 3 James 2:18,22 89:31-33 9:32,33 2 Eccles. Works done by unregenerate men, although for the matter of them they may things which God commands, and of good use both to themselves and to others;19 yet because they proceed not from a heart purified by faith,20 nor are done in a right manner according to the Word,21 nor to a right end, the glory of God,22 they are therfore sinful, and cannot please God, nor make a man meet to receive the grace from God,23 and yet their neglect fo them is more sinful and displeasing to God.24 7 2 Thess. The other important thing to state is that even though the EFCA is mostly believer baptism by immersion, we are baptist, not Baptist. 14:4 6:14 6 Heb. 1 Acts 20:32; Rom. 4:10; Heb. Nehemiah 9 Heb. 15:9 Religious worship is to be given to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to him alone;4 not to angels, saints, or any other creatures;5 and since the fall, not without a mediator,6 nor in the mediation of any other but Christ alone.7 19:7; Psalm 119:130, Paragraph 8. 50:10; Ps. 12:36; Rom. 9 Rom. 5 Eph. # 167). 53:6; 1 Pet. 6 Heb. The Confession itself was first compiled by the Elders and Brethren of many congregations of Christians, baptized upon their profession of faith, in London and the country (as they then described themselves) in the year 1677. 25:46; Mark 9:48; 2 Thess. 110:3; Cant. 3:26; Eph. Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, to be unto the party baptized, a sign of his fellowship with him, in his death and resurrection; of his being engrafted into him; 1 of remission of sins; 2 and of giving up into God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life. 7 Col. 1:18; Matt. 107, Paragraph 6. Edward Price, Pastor, Hereford City, Hereford 1:4,5,10,11 6 Ps. 17 Ezek. You may recall that we addressed the theology and practice of baptism at one of our Theology Conferences a number of years ago in a two views format. Thanks for taking the time to write out your pastoral practice of baptism and the theological reasons for it. According to the Confession, baptism functions primarily as a sign to the believer. As the providence of God does in general reach to all creatures, so after a more special manner it takes care of His church, and disposes of all things to the good thereof.23 10 1 Cor. As repentance is to be continued through the whole course of our lives, upon the account of the body of death, and the motions thereof, so it is every manâs duty to repent of his particular known sins particularly.7 1689 Baptist Confession. 3:10; Rom. 1:6; Rom. 1:1, Paragraph 9. In fact, there is no phase of baptism that is not a confession. 11:34-36 10:7; Mark 12:33 1:19,20. Isaiah Notify me of follow-up comments by email. This covenant is revealed in the gospel; first of all to Adam in the promise of salvation by the seed of the woman,5 and afterwards by farther steps, until the full discovery thereof was completed in the New Testament;6 and it is founded in that eternal covenant transaction that was between the Father and the Son about the redemption of the elect;7 and it is alone by the grace of this covenant that all the posterity of fallen Adam that ever were saved did obtain life and blessed immortality, man being now utterly incapable of acceptance with God upon those terms on which Adam stood in his state of innocency.8 11:24; Matt. 119:32 1:10, 11 3 Heb. God, having all life,17 glory,18 goodness,19 blessedness, in and of Himself, is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creature which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them,20 but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them; He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things,21 and He hath most sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever Himself pleases;22 in His sight all things are open and manifest,23 His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent or uncertain;24 He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works,25 and in all His commands; to Him is due from angels and men, whatsoever worship,26 service, or obedience, as creatures they owe unto the Creator, and whatever He is further pleased to require of them. A strong majority affirm that baptism is not to be required to participate in the Lord’s Supper (86% no; 11% yes) Of the Gospel and the Extent of Grace thereof 19:7-10, 69:72 8:26 6:3; Jude 6 26:70,72,74 2001 Andrew Kerkham /h2> The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 has its roots firmly in the Westminster Confession of Faith of 1647. Baptism is not merely a sign and seal of God’s promises that anticipates one’s faith in Christ. 4 1 Cor. 7 1 John 3:9 13 1 Pet. 10:29-31 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 3:2 13:25, Paragraph 3. 44 John 1:18 5 Gal. Each church fully subscribes to each doctrine of the confession. 88; Ps. The 1689 Confession asserts that “the only proper subjects” of baptism are “those who do actually profess repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience to our Lord Jesus”. Civil magistrates being set up by God for the ends aforesaid; subjection, in all lawful things commanded by them, ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but for conscienceâ sake;4 and we ought to make supplications and prayers for kings and all that are in authority, that under them we may live a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.5 20 Job 22:2,3 12:21-23 Of Creation 9 Isa. 11:26-28, Paragraph 6. Charles Archer, Pastor, Hock-Norton, Oxon Just as Mark 16:16 teaches that belief and baptism are essential to salvation, and Acts 2:38 teaches that repentance and baptism are for (unto) remission of sins, so Romans 10:9,10 teaches that faith and confession are necessary to salvation. 1:2 3:14 11 Rom. 19. 41 Ps. 8:34; Heb. 23 1 Cor. 1:16-18, 55:7, Paragraph 1. 6 Rom. 4:4,6, Paragraph 1. 3 Col. 1:16; Gen. 1:31, Paragraph 2. 4:30 The scriptures absolutely do not teach baptismal regeneration—there will always be those who are baptized who turn out to be unbelievers, no matter at what age they were baptized and we must believe in the promises that were given us in our baptism for those promises to be of any effect to us. Before a person is baptized, he or she publicly declares faith in Jesus as Lord and is baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit. William Phipps, Pastor, Exon, Devon 3:8,9; Eph. 19:12; Jer. 38 John 6:37, 10:15,16, 17:9; Rom. 1:23 Worthy receivers, outwardly partaking of the visible elements in this ordinance, do then also inwardly by faith, really and indeed, yet not carnally and corporally, but spiritually receive, and feed upon Christ crucified, and all the benefits of his death; the body and blood of Christ being then not corporally or carnally, but spiritually present to the faith of believers in that ordinance, as the elements themselves are to their outward senses.11 2 Rev. Baptism, in contrast to circumcision, does not point forward to the need for a circumcision of the heart. 5:7 4:6 27 Eph. Of Justification 7:29; Gen. 1;26 Richard Ring, Pastor, Southhampton, Hants 6:12-14; 1 Pet. 7 1 Cor. 3:8, 1 Pet. 3:31, Paragraph 6. God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, has ordained civil magistrates to be under him, over the people, for his own glory and the public good; and to this end has armed them with the power of the sword, for defence and encouragement of them that do good, and for the punishment of evil doers.1 Edward Man, Pastor, Houndsditch, London 7:15,18,19,21,23, Paragraph 5. 21 2 Tim. 4:1,2, &c.; Acts 4:12; John 8:56, Paragraph 1. 1:5; 1 Pet. 13:15-22 7 Luke 19:8; 1 Tim. 11:26, Paragraph 2. 12:14, Paragraph 2. Of the Church The Only God. May 29. Topics of discussion include Theology, Culture and Truth. John Tomkins, Minister, Abingdon, Berks 3:15-17; Isa. 51:10,12 10:19-21, Paragraph 2. 5:1,2,5, 14:17; Ps. 8 Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29; Phil. Although true believers are not under the law as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified or condemned,13 yet it is of great use to them as well as to others, in that as a rule of life, informing them of the will of God and their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly; discovering also the sinful pollutions of their natures, hearts, and lives, so as examining themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against, sin;14 together with a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ and the perfection of his obedience; it is likewise of use to the regenerate to restrain their corruptions, in that it forbids sin; and the threatenings of it serve to show what even their sins deserve, and what afflictions in this life they may expect for them, although freed from the curse and unallayed rigour thereof.Â The promises of it likewise show them God's approbation of obedience, and what blessings they may expect upon the performance thereof, though not as due to them by the law as a covenant of works; so as man's doing good and refraining from evil, because the law encourages to the one and deters from the other, is no evidence of his being under the law and not under grace.15 12 2 Cor. Haggai 2:11,12 2 John 17:17; Eph. 21 Matt. 8:30, 11:7; Eph. 4:1, Paragraph 1. 12:14-27 43 Tim. 10 Dan. Second, one of the primary effects of baptism is the total forgiveness and wiping out of all sins committed before the reception of the sacrament. 2. If there are any Reformed Protestants reading this, could they please help me understand how they interpret such teachings? The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture, to which nothing is to be added at any time, either by new revelation of the Spirit, or by the traditions of men. May 31. 64:7, Paragraph 4. 25 1 Thess. Of Effectual Calling 15 1 John 5:16, Paragraph 5. 36:31; 2 Cor. 6:2,5 Although most in the EFCA are believer baptism by immersion, our commitment is that we will not divide over it. 3 Exod. Both of these movements within Evangelicalism are grounded in both head and heart, but they do emphasize one more than the other. 116:12,13 9:14, 10:14; Rom. 14 Ps. 8 Acts 5:4; Eph. 2:10-12; 1 John 2:20,27, Paragraph 6. 20 1 Cor. 17 John 5:26 4:8 3 Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 1:24, Paragraph 3. Often those who affirm our view conclude that all those who practice infant baptism also affirm baptismal regeneration. 13:8, Paragraph 2. 14. 13:12 5 Rom. 5:12-14, Paragraph 3. 8:3; Mark 16:15,16; John 3:16; 1:4, Paragraph 2. It is now many years since diverse of us . 1:7-10, Paragraph 3. and the life of the world to come. 3:8-13, Paragraph 7. Numbers 11:32 The doctrine of the high mystery of predestination is to be handled with special prudence and care, that men attending the will of God revealed in His Word, and yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of their effectual vocation, be assured of their eternal election;18 so shall this doctrine afford matter of praise,19 reverence, and admiration of God, and of humility,20 diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the gospel.21 3 Eph. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances of positive and sovereign institution, appointed by the Lord Jesus, the only lawgiver, to be continued in his church to the end of the world.1 6 Matt. 8 Heb. 22:14, 13:20,21; Heb 6:4,5 3 Matt. 3 2 Cor. 5:13,14; Matt. Hurcules Collins, Pastor, Wapping, London Table of Contents. 1:18-32, Paragraph 4. 3 1 Cor. 25:7; 60:2,3, Paragraph 3. 28 Exod. 13:8, Paragraph 7. 28:18-20; Eph. 2:19; 1 John 2:19 6:3-5; Col. 2:12; Gal. 1:10, Paragraph 8. 7:20; 1 John 1:8 At the last day, such of the saints as are found alive, shall not sleep, but be changed;5 and all the dead shall be raised up with the selfsame bodies, and none other;6 although with different qualities, which shall be united again to their souls forever.7 Although the gospel be the only outward means of revealing Christ and saving grace, and is, as such, abundantly sufficient thereunto; yet that men who are dead in trespasses may be born again, quickened or regenerated, there is moreover necessary an effectual insuperable work of the Holy Spirit upon the whole soul, for the producing in them a new spiritual life;8 without which no other means will effect their conversion unto God.9 5:1,6,8; Phil. 9 Rom. 3:10-19, Paragraph 3. 3 Gen. 3:6, Paragraph 3. Benjamin Keach, Pastor, Horse-lie-down, Southwark 48:12 1:12 As all believers are bound to join themselves to particular churches, when and where they have opportunity so to do; so all that are admitted unto the privileges of a church, are also under the censures and government thereof, according to the rule of Christ.25 32 Heb. 13:21 14 2 Sam. (2) A conviction that baptism is a confession of faith, a statement expressing not only that one believes in Jesus but also what one believes about Jesus Christ; (3) A conviction that baptism is a church ordinance, an official ceremony that the church alone has the right to administer. 2 Rom. Â Â Â Â We the MINISTERS, and MESSENGERS of, and concerned for upwards of, one hundred BAPTIZED CHURCHES, in England and Wales (denying Arminianisim), being met together in London, from the third of the seventh month to the eleventh of the same, 1689, to consider of some things that might be for the glory of God, and the good of these congregations, have thought meet (for the satisfaction of all other Christians that differ from us in the point of Baptism) to recommend to their perusal the confession of our faith, which confession we own, as containing the doctrine of our faith and practice, and do desire that the members of our churches respectively do furnish themselves therewith. 32. 1 Gen. 2:16,17 In this ordinance Christ is not offered up to his Father, nor any real sacrifice made at all for remission of sin of the quick or dead, but only a memorial of that one offering up of himself by himself upon the cross, once for all;3 and a spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God for the same.4Â So that the popish sacrifice of the mass, as they call it, is most abominable, injurious to Christ's own sacrifice the alone propitiation for all the sins of the elect. 2 Matt. 6:5,6 2:13; 1 John 5:9, Paragraph 5. 20 Rom. 23. 12 James 1:14,15; Matt. 2:3 Over the course of the next several months, we will be releasing “roundtable posts”, featuring two to three members of Mennonite Church USA congregations reflecting on an article from the Confession of Faith and … I would be interested, as would others, to hear of your pastoral practice. 22 Exod. Marriage is to be between one man and one woman; neither is it lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband at the same time.1 3:20,21 Testimonies ought to contain both doctrinal truth and personal experience/transformation. 6:9,10; 1 Pet. 11:26 We offer Baptism in the Novus Ordo form in English and in the Traditional form in Latin. 7:26 Below is a list of the chapters of the confession. 17. 9:8-10, Paragraph 5. .â, Paragraph 1.Â The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience,1 although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and His will which is necessary unto salvation.2Â Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in diversified manners to reveal Himself, and to declare (that) His will unto His church;3 and afterward for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan, and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God's revealing His will unto His people being now completed.4 7:22,23 116:2 8 Rom. 16 Ps. 2:2-9, Paragraph 5. 5 Ps. 1:13,15, Paragraph 5. 8 1 John 3:1-3, Paragraph 3. Book The Anabaptists. The corruption of nature, during this life, does remain in those that are regenerated;13 and although it be through Christ pardoned and mortified, yet both itself, and the first motions thereof, are truly and properly sin.14 6:11,12 13:1-4, Paragraph 2. Micah The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, in whom, by the appointment of the Father, all power for the calling, institution, order or government of the church, is invested in a supreme and sovereign manner;7 neither can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof, but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God; whom the Lord shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.8 17 John 10:26, 17:9, 6:64, Paragraph 7. 19 Matt. 1:9; Eph. 15 Acts 20:17, 28; Phil. 22 1 Tim. 2:8 When someone is ready to ask God’s forgiveness for sins and accept Jesus as their Savior, it’s time for them to be baptized. 2 Rom. 9 Eph. 14 1 Thess. 8 2 Thess. 11. 145:17 3:13; Isa. 6. 27. 20. 103:13 8:30; 2 Thess. 9 Gen. 2:17 These good works, done in obedience to Godâs commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith;3 and by them believers manifest their thankfulness,4 strengthen their assurance,5 edify their brethren, adorn the profession of the gospel,6 stop the mouths of the adversaries, and glory God,7 whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto,8 that having their fruit unto holiness they may have the end eternal life.9 25. 13 1 Tim. 24:4, Paragraph 5. 16 Isa. 9:15,18 First, there is the sacramental view of baptism reflected by Roman Catholicism. Leviticus 5 1 Cor. 43:3-5, Paragraph 1. 30 John 15:26; Gal. 26 Matt. 1:4,5; 2 Pet. 1 Luke 17:10; Job 35:7,8, Paragraph 2. The process for baptizing someone includes making some preparations ahead of time. 6:3 28:20 Click here for a Tagalog translation. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper 5 Rom. 15:51,52; 1 Thess. 4 Num. 11 Matt. Of Saving Faith 5:9, 10 The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith in Modern English This title can be purchased in print form from Founders Press. Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day 3:27, Paragraph 4. 35 Rev. and … Faith thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification;6 yet is not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but works by love.7 13:25-27, Paragraph 4. 30:6; Ezek. 13. 5:22,23 It has ever since born the name of the Second London Confession. 2:16; Rom. 4 Heb. Robert Knight, Pastor, Stukeley, Bucks 1:9; I Thess. 29 Acts 15:2,4,6,22,23,25 By Ann Weber Becker; Faith and Life Press, 1997. 16 Heb. THE BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH They who in their obedience attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate, and to do more than God requires, as that they fall short of much which in duty they are bound to do.13 and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead. 29:18; Isa. 18 Deut. It is primarily a powerful statement made by God to the one who has trusted Jesus for salvation. 13:17 2:6; Luke 1:33 As God hath appointed the elect unto glory, so He hath, by the eternal and most free purpose of His will, foreordained all the means thereunto;13 wherefore they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ,14 are effectually called unto faith in Christ, by His Spirit working in due season, are justified, adopted, sanctified,15 and kept by His power through faith unto salvation;16 neither are any other redeemed by Christ, or effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only.17 In one volume presented a Reformed understanding of paedo-baptism while another presented the view of credo-baptism communion the. 8:6 29 John 1:14,18 30 John 15:26 ; Gal however, require rebaptism for those who practice infant also! S promises are great and the theological reasons for it Article of the.. 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