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Baptist Confession of Faith (1689)

The Baptist Confession is based upon the  earlier Westminster Confession of Faith and was also influenced by the Savoy Declaration.  The Baptist Confession made adjustments to the Westminster  on several issues such as doctrine of the church, the Lord’s supper, baptism (adherence to Believer's Baptism vs Infant Baptism), and church government (defined the power of the Baptist association (denomination) in relationship to individual congregations).

This confession was also known as the London Confession.  It was later was adopted by the Calvinistic Baptists of North America (1744) and renamed the Philadelphia Confession of Faith (with the addition of two chapters  on the singing of psalms and the laying on of hands).

Charles Spurgeon once said of the doctrine:  "This little volume is not issued as an authoritative rule, or code of faith, whereby you are to be fettered, but as an assistance to you in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and a means of edification in righteousness. Here the younger members of our church will have a body of divinity in small compass, and by means of the Scriptural proofs, will be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in them. Be not ashamed of your faith; remember it is the ancient gospel of martyrs, confessors, reformers and saints. Above all, it is the truth of God, against which the gates of Hell cannot prevail. Let your lives adorn your faith, let your example adorn your creed. Above all, live in Christ Jesus, and walk in Him, giving credence to no teaching but that which is manifestly approved of Him, and owned by the Holy Spirit. Cleave fast to the Word of God which is here mapped out for you."

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Contents

Chapter 1 - Of the Holy Scriptures
Chapter 2 - Of God and the Holy Trinity
Chapter 3 - Of God's Decree
Chapter 4 - Of Creation
Chapter 5 - Of Divine Providence
Chapter 6 - Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof
Chapter 7 - Of God's Covenant
Chapter 8 - Of Christ the Mediator
Chapter 9 - Of Free Will
Chapter 10 - Of Effectual Calling
Chapter 11 - Of Justification
Chapter 12 - Of Adoption
Chapter 13 - Of Sanctification
Chapter 14 - Of Saving Faith
Chapter 15 - Of Repentance unto Life and Salvation
Chapter 16 - Of Good Works
Chapter 17 - Of the Perseverance of the Saints
Chapter 18 - Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation
Chapter 19 - Of the Law of God
Chapter 20 - Of the Gospel and the Extent of Grace thereof
Chapter 21 - Of Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience
Chapter 22 - Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day
Chapter 23 - Of Lawful Oaths and Vows
Chapter 24 - Of the Civil Magistrate
Chapter 25 - Of Marriage
Chapter 26 - Of the Church
Chapter 27 - Of the Communion of Saints
Chapter 28 - Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Chapter 29 - Of Baptism
Chapter 30 - Of the Lord's Supper
Chapter 31 - Of the State of Man after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead
Chapter 32 - Of the Last Judgment
Closing Statement and Signatures

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