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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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?

The Fellowship of Believers

What is The Fellowship of Believers?

All believers are united to Jesus Christ[1] their Head by His Spirit and by faith,[2] although this does not make them one person with Him.[3] Therefore they have fellowship in His graces, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory.[4] Being united to one another in love, they have fellowship in each other's gifts and graces,[5] and are obliged to discharge their duties, both public and private, in an orderly way so as to ensure their mutual good in both spiritual and temporal matters.[6]

By their profession, believers are obliged to maintain a holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God and in performing whatever spiritual services may promote their mutual edification.[7] They should also relieve one another in temporal things according to their various abilities and needs.[8] According to the rule of the Gospel, this fellowship applies particularly to family and church relationships,[9] but as God offers opportunity, this fellowship is to be extended to all the 'household of faith', that is, all those in every place who call on the name of the Lord Jesus.[10] Nevertheless, this fellowship with one another as believers does not take away or infringe on the personal ownership that each one has of his goods and possessions.[11]

[1] Ephesians 1:4; John 17:2,6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 6:8; 8:17; 8:2; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Peter 1:4

[2] Ephesians 3:16-17; Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

[3] 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:18-19; 1 Timothy 6:15-16; Isaiah 42:8; Psalm 45:7; Hebrews 1:8-9

[4] 1 John 1:3; John 1:16; 15:1-6; Ephesians 2:4-6; Romans 4:25; 6:1-6; Philippians 3:10; Colossians 3:3-4

[5] John 13:34-35; 14:15; Ephesians 4:15; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 14:7-8; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; 12:7,25-27

[6] Romans 1.12; 12:10-13; 1 Thessalonians 5.11,14; 1 Peter 3:8; 1 John 3.17-18; Galatians 6.10

[7] Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25

[8] Acts 11:29-30; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Galatians 2; Romans 15

[9] 1 Timothy 5:8,16; Ephesians 6:4; 1 Corinthians 12:27

[10] Acts 11:29-30; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Galatians 2; 6:10; Romans 15

[11] Acts 5:4; Ephesians 4:28; Exodus 20:15