Baptist Church, New London Road
Baptist Church,New London Road

 

While we recognise that no Statement or Confession of Faith can either be absolutely comprehensive or perfect, we identify with the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith and particularly adhere to the following, briefer, Statement of Faith:

1. We believe in the verbal inspiration, infallibility and inerrancy of the Old and New Testament Scriptures as originally given and their final authority and sufficiency in all matters pertaining to faith and practice [2 Timothy 3:15, 16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19; Acts 17:11]

2. We believe that there is only one living and true God; that there are three Persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are equal in nature, power and glory, and that the Son and the Holy Spirit are as truly and as properly God as the Father. [Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 10:30; 1 John 5:7; 1 John 5:20].

3.  We believe that God created all things by the word of His power, that man was created in the image of God, but by his sin and fall the consequences extend to every part of human nature, resulting in the universal guilt, total ruin and utter helplessness of all humanity before God [Genesis 1:20; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 8:7, 8; Hebrews 9:28; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 5:18].

4.   We believe that it pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, His only begotten Son, in accordance with the covenant made between them both, to be the Mediator between God and man, and He, having engaged to be the surety of His people, did, in the fulness of time, really take upon Himself human nature, with all its essential properties and common infirmities, with the exception of sin: in which nature He really suffered and died as their substitute, in their room and stead, whereby He made all that satisfaction for their sins, which the law and justice of God could require, as well as make way for all those blessings which are needful for them both for time and eternity. We further believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead and ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His intercession at the throne of God [Proverbs 8:22, 23; Hebrews 12:24; 7:22; 2:14-17; Romans 8:1, 3, 4; John 10:11, 15; 12:27; Isaiah 53:10-12; Mark 14:34].

5.  We believe in the eternal and personal election of persons to eternal life [Ephesians 1:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; Romans 8:29, 30; Psalm 89:3, 28, 34; Deuteronomy 33:3; Galatians 4:4, 5; Colossians 3:3; Jude 1].

6.  We believe that the eternal redemption, which Christ has obtained by his sacrifice and death, is special and particular [Romans 8:33, 34; Matthew 20:28; John 10:11, 15; Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 5:9].​

7.  We further believe that salvation is solely by the grace of God, accomplished by God the Son and applied by God the Holy Spirit; appropriated by God-given faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We further believe that believers are justified by the imputed righteousness of Christ alone and that the blessings of salvation include regeneration, sanctification, adoption and final glorification [Romans 3:28; 4:6; 5:16-18; 3:25; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 2:13; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23; John 1:13; 3:5, 6; Philippians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1. 9]. 

8.  We believe in the existence of angels, which are spiritual yet personal beings. [Matthew 28:5; 1 Peter 1:12; Job 38:7; Luke 2:13; 15:10; Jude 6.] Those angels that fell from their first estate are known as demons [Daniel 10:10-20; Matthew 10:1; Ephesians 6:12]. We further believe in the personality of Satan, his opposition to God and his purposes, and his corruption and enslavement of man. [Matt.13:39; Luke 10:18; 11:18; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 12:17; 2 Timothy 2:26 etc.]

9.  We believe that the life and conduct of true believers should be worthy of the Lord, His gospel and their calling. [Colossians 1:10; Ephesians 4:1; Philippians 1:27]

10. We believe in the final perseverance of those called by grace (who are designated saints). [John 6:39, 40; 10:28, 29; Hebrews 2:13; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:30].

11. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust; in the future judgment by Christ; in the eternal happiness of the righteous with Christ; and the everlasting punishment in hell of such as die impenitent. [Acts 24:15; John 5:28, 29; Daniel 12:2; Acts 17:31; Revelation 20:11-15].

12. We believe in the practice of baptism by immersion of only those who have professed faith in and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, and repentance towards God; and that only such baptised believers are to be admitted either to church membership or to the Lord's Supper. [Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:41; 1 Corinthians 11:23—25; Acts 8:37, 38; John 3:23; Romans 6:4]. 

 

We consider that it is important for us to embrace, maintain and defend all and each of these doctrines and ordinances, believing it to be our duty of mutual Christian love "to stand fast, in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel."  

 
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