Adoption

Baptist Confession of Faith

What is Adoption? God has granted[1] that, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ,[2] all those who are justified[3] share in the grace of adoption. By this they are numbered with and enjoy...

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Repentance to Life and Salvation

Baptist Confession of Faith

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...

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Sanctification

Baptist Confession of Faith

What is Sanctification? Those who are united to Christ, effectually called and regenerated, have a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the efficacy of Christ's death and...

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What do we believe?

Saving Faith

What is Saving Faith?

The grace of faith (by which the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls) is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts. It is normally brought into being by the ministry of the Word.[1] It is increased and strengthened by the ministry of the Word, and by the administration of baptism and the Lord's supper, prayer, and other means appointed by God.[2]

By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatever is revealed in the Word for it is the authority of God Himself. We also perceive an excellency in the Word above all other writings and everything else in the world, because it shows forth the glory of God and His attributes, the excellency of Christ and His nature and offices, and the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit in His works and operations.

So believers are enabled to trust implicitly the truth they have believed,[3] and to respond appropriately to each particular passage in Scripture, yielding obedience to the commands,[4] trembling at the threatenings,[5] and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come.[6]

But the principal acts of saving faith are those directly to do with Christ—accepting, receiving, and resting on Him alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.[7]

This faith may differ in degree, and may be weak or strong,[8]yet even at its weakest it is different in kind and nature (as is all saving grace) from the faith and common grace of temporary believers.[9] Therefore, though it may be frequently attacked and weakened, it gains the victory,[10] and develops in many until they attain full assurance[11] through Christ, who is both the author and finisher of our faith.[12]



[1] John 6:37,44; Acts 11:21,24; 13:48; 14:27; 15:9; 2 Corinthians 4:13; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 1:29; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2

[2] Romans 10:14,17; Luke 17:5; Acts 20:32; Romans 4:11; 1 Peter 2:2

[3] Acts 24:14; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Psalm 19:7-10; 119:72

[4] John 15:14; Romans 16:26

[5] Isaiah 66:2

[6] 1 Timothy 4:8; Hebrews 11:13

[7] John 1:12; Acts 15:11; 16:31; Galatians 2:20

[8] Matthew 6:30; 8:10,26; 14:31; 16:8; 17:20; Hebrews 5:13-14; Romans 4:19-20

[9] James 2:14; 2 Peter 1:1; 1 John 5:4

[10] Luke 22:31-32; Ephesians 6:16; 1 John 5:4-5

[11] Psalm 119:114; Hebrews 6:11-12; 10:22-23

[12] Hebrews 12:2