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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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?

Repentance to Life and Salvation

What is Repentance to Life and Salvation?

Some of the elect are converted in later years, having lived for some time in their natural state[1] in which they have served various lusts and pleasures. Then God gives them repentance to life by effectually calling them.[2]

There is no one who does good and does not sin,[3] and the best of people may fall into great sins and provocations [against God] through the power and deceitfulness of their indwelling corruption and the strength of temptation.[4] Therefore God has mercifully provided in the covenant of grace that when believers sin and fall they shall be restored to salvation through repentance.[5]

Saving repentance is a gospel grace[6] by which we are made aware of the many evils of our sin by the Holy Spirit.[7] By faith in Christ[8] we humble ourselves over our sin with godly sorrow, hatred of it, and self-loathing. We pray for pardon and strength of grace,[9] and determine and endeavour, by [the power] supplied by the Spirit, to walk before God and to please Him in all things.[10]

Repentance is to continue through the whole course of our lives because of our 'body of death' and its activities.[11] So it is everyone's duty to repent of particular known sins with particular care.[12]

In the covenant of grace God has made full provision through Christ for the preservation of believers in their salvation, so, although even the smallest sin deserves damnation,[13] yet there is no sin great enough to bring damnation on those who repent. This makes the constant preaching of repentance essential.[14]

[1] Titus 3:2-5

[2] 2 Chronicles 33:10-20; Acts 9:1-19; 16:29-30

[3] Psalm 130:3; 143:2; Proverbs 20:9; Ecclesiastes 7:20

[4] 2 Samuel 11:1-27; Luke 22:54-62

[5] Jeremiah 32:40; Luke 22:31-32; 1 John 1:9

[6] Acts 5:31; 11:18; 2 Timothy 2:25

[7] Psalm 51:1-6; 130:1-3; Luke 15:17-20; Acts 2:37-38

[8] Psalm 130:4; Matthew 27:3-5; Mark 1:15

[9] Ezekiel 16:60-63; 36:31-32; Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 21:29; Acts 15:19; 20:21; 26:20; 2 Corinthians 7:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:9

[10] Proverbs 28:13; Ezekiel 36:25; 18:30-31; Psalm 119:59,104,128; Matthew 3:8; Luke 3:8; Acts 26:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:9

[11] Ezekiel 16:60; Matthew 5:4; 1 John 1:9

[12] Luke 19:8; 1 Timothy 1:13,15

[13] Psalm 130:3; 143:2; Romans 6:23

[14] Isaiah 1:16-18; 55:7; Acts 2:36-38

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