Worship and The Lord's Day

Baptist Confession of Faith

What is Worship and The Lord's Day? The light of nature shows that there is a God who has lordship and sovereignty over all. He is just and good and does...

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Assurance of Grace and Salvation

Baptist Confession of Faith

What is Assurance of Grace and Salvation? Temporary believers and other unregenerate people may deceive themselves with futile and false hopes and unspiritual presumptions that they are in favour with God...

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Baptism

Baptist Confession of Faith

What is Baptism? Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, to be to the person baptized a sign of fellowship with Christ in His death and...

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What do we believe?

Baptist Confession of Faith Introduction

It is very important to know and be sure of what you believe.

Here at the Springs Baptist Church, our core doctrine is founded on the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.

 

BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH (1689)

REWRITTEN IN MODERN ENGLISH BY ANDREW KERKHAM

1ST ED. 1999, REVISED ED. 2001

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The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 has its roots firmly in the Westminster Confession of Faith of 1647. It differs from the Westminster Confession in adding Chapter 20 (The Gospel and its Gracious Extent), and in its understanding of the Church and Baptism. Chapter 20 is identical to the same chapter in the Congregationalists' Savoy Declaration of Faith and Order of 1658, and where the Baptist Confession differs in minor points from the Westminster Confession it usually follows the Savoy Declaration.

This revision seeks to follow the original text as closely as possible, yet at the same time to make it readable and understandable for people today. This has been achieved mainly through breaking up longer sentences, substitution of present-day words for words that have become archaic, and keeping transposition of phrases to an absolute minimum. It is important to note that this revision does not seek to alter the truths of the original 1689 Baptist Confession in any way whatever; rather, the intention is to make those same truths more readily understandable to the present generation. Note: the abbreviation WCF refers to the Westminster Confession of Faith, 1647.

The expanded system of scripture references is that found in Samuel E. Waldron's valuable work, A modern exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith (2nd ed., Evangelical Press, 1995), and used with permission.

See the BCF Assistant for the original text of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.

Worship and The Lord's Day

What is Worship and The Lord's Day?

The light of nature shows that there is a God who has lordship and sovereignty over all. He is just and good and does good to all. Therefore He is to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served with all the heart and soul and strength.[1]

But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God has been instituted by Himself and delimited by His own revealed will. He may not be worshipped according to human imagination or methods, nor according to the suggestions of Satan, nor by way of any visible representation, nor by any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scriptures.[2]

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The State of People After Death

What is The State of People After Death and The Resurrection of the Dead?

After death the bodies of people return to dust and undergo decomposition,[1] but their souls (which neither die nor sleep for they are immortal in essence) immediately return to God who gave them.[2] The souls of the righteous are then made perfect in holiness, they are received into paradise where they are with Christ and look on the face of God in light and glory, and wait for the full redemption of their bodies.[3] The souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torment and utter darkness, reserved for judgment on the great day [of judgment].[4] For souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledges no other place than these two.

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The Perseverance of Believers

What is The Perseverance of Believers?

The elect are those whom God has accepted in [Christ] the Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by His Spirit, and given the precious faith of His elect. These can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but they shall certainly persevere in grace to the end and be eternally saved. For God will not repent of[1] His gifts and calling, therefore he continues to bring about and nourish in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit that lead to immortality.[2]

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The Ordinances

What are The Ordinances?

Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances explicitly and sovereignly appointed by the Lord Jesus, the only lawgiver,[1] to be continued in His church to the end of the world. Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 1:13-17; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 Corinthians 11:26; Luke 22:14-20

These holy appointments are to be administered by those who are qualified and called to do so, according to the commission of Christ.[2]



[1] Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:24-25

[2] Matthew 24:45-51; Luke 12:41-44; 1 Corinthians 4:1; Titus 1:5-7