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1729 Goat Yard Declaration of Faith
...A Declaration of the Faith and Practice of the Church of Christ at Horsely-down, under the Pastoral Care of Mr. John Gill, &c. Having been enabled, through divine grace, to give up ourselves to the Lord, and likewise to one another by the will of God; we account it a duty incumbent upon us to make a declaration of our faith and practice, to the honour of Christ, and the glory of his name; knowing, that as with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, so with the mouth confession is made unto salvation--our declaration is as follows: I. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. II. We believe that there is but one only living and true God; that there are three Persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son,...
John Gill
The Black Rock Address
...An Explanatory Note In the late 1700s and early 1800s, most Baptist churches in America adopted various doctrines and practices which differed significantly from Baptist standards. During these same times, there were many Baptist churches which held to traditional views. The contention between these groups became so sharp that new fractures began to develop in Baptist fellowship as of the late 1820s. Division was accelerated in 1832 when a group of the conservative Baptists met at Black Rock, Maryland to compose a general address in which they announced and explained their resolve to withdraw fellowship from the liberal doctrines and practices. The resulting document, generally known as the Black Rock Address, had widespread influence, and lead churches across the country to take s...
Commentary on the Gospel Standard Baptist Articles of Faith : ARTICLE 24 - On Gospel Invitations
..."We believe that the invitations of the gospel, being spirit and life (that is, under the influence of the Holy Spirit), are intended only for those who have been made by the blessed Spirit to feel their lost state as sinners and their need of Christ as their Savior, and to repent of and forsake their sins." As distinct from general invitations and promises of temporal benefits and national blessings, which are conditional, divine gospel invitations and promises cannot be fortuitous, but must surely be determinate (Eph. 1. 11). If God intends saving good to a person, nothing can frustrate that intention (Rom. 8:28-31). Through the effectual operations of the Holy Ghost, gospel invitations eventually meet with a heart-felt response from those to whom they are given, as being exactly answera...
J.H. Gosden
Commentary on the Gospel Standard Baptist Articles of Faith : ARTICLE 26 - On Duty Faith
..."We deny duty-faith and duty-repentance - these terms signifying that it is every man's duty spiritually and savingly to repent and believe. We deny also that there is any capability in man by nature to any spiritual good whatever. So that reject the doctrine that men in a state of nature should be exhorted to believe in or turn to God." Whatever our worthy predecessors intended by the terms of this Article, they certainly did not mean to minimize the sin of unbelief. The purpose was to rebut the flesh-pleasing error taught by the Arminian that man in his natural state (that is, dead in trespasses and sins) is possessed of some latent power to exercise savingly the spiritual acts of faith and repentance. Our belief is that fallen man has neither power, nor will, nor inclination to anythi...
J.H. Gosden
The Doctrines of Grace (TULIP)
...(These are taken from Appendix D of Steele and Thomas' ROMANS, An Interpretive Outline.) Total Depravity Because of the fall, man is unable of himself to savingly believe the gospel. The sinner is dead, blind, and deaf to the things of God; his heart is deceitful and desperately corrupt. His will is not free, it is in bondage to his evil nature; therefore, he will not--indeed he cannot--choose good over evil in the spiritual realm. Consequently, it takes much more than the Spirit's assistance to bring a sinner to Christ--it takes regeneration by which the Spirit makes the sinner alive and gives him a new nature. Faith is not something man contributes to salvation but is itself a part of God's gift of salvation--it is God's gift to the sinner, not the sinner's gift t...
Eager Avenue Confession of Faith
...PREFACE It may be unpopular today, or even undesirable to many, for any group to adopt a particular confession of faith, creed, or statement of faith. However, we at Eager Avenue Grace Church see a great need to express what we believe and what we adopt as a confession of our faith. It is easy for us to say we believe the Bible, or that the Bible is our only creed. We do believe the Bible, and the Bible is our only creed. The problem is that we are not the only group who makes such a claim. How many hundreds, even thousands, of groups claim to believe the Bible, from cover to cover, but differ greatly with one another in doctrine, each claiming the Bible as their authority? We believe many people are deceived in their doctrine, while thinking they adhere strictly to the Bible's teachi...
The Five Solas of the Reformation : A Brief Statement
...Sola Scriptura | Soli Deo Gloria | Solo Christo | Sola Gratia | Sola Fide Sola Scriptura: The Scripture Alone is the Standard The doctrine that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority was the "Formal Principle" of the Reformation. In 1521 at the historic interrogation of Luther at the Diet of Worms, he declared his conscience to be captive to the Word of God saying, "Unless I am overcome with testimonies from Scripture or with evident reasons -- for I believe neither the Pope nor the Councils, since they have often erred and contradicted one another -- I am overcome by the Scripture texts which I have adduced, and my conscience is bound by God's Word." Similarly, the Belgic Confession stated, "We believe that [the...
Greg Strawbridge
The Gospel Standard Articles of Faith
...I We believe in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, and receive them as a gracious revelation of the mind and will of God (Deut. 4:2, Ps. 19:7, Prov. 30:5-6, 2 Pet. 1:19-21, Rev. 22:18-19, John 5:39); and we believe that therein are revealed all the doctrines and truths which we here state. (2 Tim. 3:15-17.) II We believe that there is but one living and true God (Exod. 3:14, Deut. 4:35, Deut. 6:4, Num. 23:19, 1 Sam. 2:2-3, Ps. 90:2, Ps. 115:3, Ps. 135:5, Ps. 139:7-10, Prov. 15:3, Ecc. 3:14, Is. 40:28, Is. 45:22, Is. 46:9, Jer. 10:10, Jer. 23:24, Mal. 3:6, Mark 12:29, John 4:24, 1 Cor. 8:6, Col. 1:16); that there are Three Persons in the Godhead, - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Matt. 28:19, John 1:1, 2 Cor. 13:14, 1 John 5:7, Jude 20-21), and that these Three Perso...
London Baptist Confession of 1644
...A CONFESSION OF FAITH of seven congregations (or churches) of Christ in London, which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists; published for the vindication of the truth and information of the ignorant; likewise for the taking off those aspersions which are frequently, both in pulpit and print, unjustly cast upon them. Printed in London, Anno 1646. But this I confesse unto thee, that after the way which they call heresie so worship I the God of my Fathers, beleeving all things that are written in the Law and the Prophets, and have hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead both of the just and unjust. - Acts xxiv. 14, 15. For we cannot but speak the things that we have seen and heard. Acts iv. 20. If I have spoken ...
The Mutual Duties Of Husbands and Wives Towards Each Other
...Selfish ungodly persons everywhere enter into all kinds of relationships with a desire of serving their ownselves, and gratifying their own flesh without knowing or caring what is required of them. Their desire is for the honour, profit, or pleasure their relationship will provide them but not for what God and man requires or expects from them. [Gen 2:18, Prov 18:22] Their mind is concerned only with what they shall have and not for what they shall be and do.1 They know what they want others to do for them, but do not care what their duty is to do for others. This is the way it is with too many husbands and wives.  We should be very concerned to know what the duties of our relationships are. And how we can please God in our relationships. Study and do your part, and God will cer...
Richard Baxter
Ninety-Five Theses
...     Out of love and concern for the truth, and with the object of eliciting it, the following heads will be the subject of a public discussion at Wittenberg under the presidency of the reverend father, Martin Luther, Augustinian, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and duly appointed Lecturer on these subjects in that place. He requests that whoever cannot be present personally to debate the matter orally will do so in absence in writing. When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said "Repent", He called for the entire life of believers to be one of penitence.  The word cannot be properly understood as referring to the sacrament of penance, i.e. confession and satisfaction, as administered by the clergy.  Yet its meaning is not restricted to peni...
Martin Luther
Preface to the Epistle of James
...     Though this epistle of St. James was rejected by the ancients, I praise it and consider it a good book, because it sets up no doctrines of men but vigorously promulgates the law of God. However, to state my own opinion about it, though without prejudice to anyone, I do not regard it as the writing of an apostle; and my reasons follow.      In the first place it is flatly against St. Paul and all the rest of Scripture in ascribing justification to works. It says that Abraham was justified by his works when he offered his son Isaac; though in Romans 4 St. Paul teaches to the contrary that Abraham was justified apart from works, by his faith alone, before he had offered his son, and proves it by Moses in Genesis 15. Now although this epistle might be help...
Martin Luther
Robert Sandeman : A Short Biography
...     Robert Sandeman was born in Perth, Scotland in 1718. He was the second of twelve children, and was the son of a linen weaver.       In 1734 Sandeman’s father sent him to the University of Edinburgh to begin his studies for a career in either medicine or theology. Robert excelled in math and languages during the two years he attended university, but his studies soon came to an abrupt halt when he encountered the teachings of John Glas.       Glas had rejected the idea of a national church and national covenants. He believed a city magistrate had no divine right to authority in religious/church matters. Eventually he renounced the national church’s catechisms and in 1725 he established instead a small society of ab...
David Bishop
Sovereign Grace Bible Conference : Ashland, Kentucky 1954
...     Henry Mahan and Rolfe Barnard organized a Sovereign Grace Bible Conference in 1954. The meeting was held at the Pollard Baptist Church (Southern Baptist), Ashland, Ky. Several preachers were invited to come and minister the gospel with an emphasis on preaching the “doctrines of sovereign grace.” Those who preached at the conference were: Rolfe Barnard, Charlotte, NC. (1904-1969). B.B. Caldwell Greenville, SC. (1899-1976). George Fletcher, Hampton, Va. (1900-1994). Clarence Walker, Lexington, Ky. (1890-1968). A.D. Muse, Louisville, Ky. (1890-1954).      Many folks were greatly edified by the conference and many sovereign grace believers came from all over the country. The large auditorium of Pollard Church was filled to capacity...
TULIP Scriptural References : Part 1 : Total Depravity
...All people are born corrupt and without ability to believe. Genesis 3:15, (NASB), And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel." Genesis 6:5-8, (NASB), Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them." But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.  Genesis 6:11-13,17-18 (NASB...
TULIP Scriptural References : Part 2 : God's Sovereignty and Unconditional Election
...God's Sovereign Election Determines the Disposition of Nations Deuteronomy 4:35-38, (NASB), "To you it was shown that you might know that the Lord, He is God; there is no other besides Him."Out of the heavens He let you hear His voice to discipline you; and on earth He let you see His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire." Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them. And He personally brought you from Egypt by His great power, driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in and to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is today. Deuteronomy 7:6-8, (NASB), "For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to ...
TULIP Scriptural References : Part 3 : Limited Atonement
...God's justice must be absolutely satisfied because of sin.   Adam is representative of God's people - fallen in sin.  Adam stood before God as a representative of God's elect. When he sinned, it was a picture of how all of God's people sin. As a result, God's elect have need of a savior. Genesis 2:16-17, (NASB), The Lord God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die."  Genesis 3:6-7a, (NASB), When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit an...
TULIP Scriptural References : Part 4 : Irresistible Grace
...The Old Testament foretold of God's promised work of Calling & Regeneration Isaiah 42:6,16, (NASB), I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations . . . I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone. Isaiah 43:5-7, (NASB), Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' And to the south, 'Do not hold them b...
TULIP Scriptural References : Part 5 : Perseverance of the Saints
...The Preserving Work of God the Father The Father keeps and guards believers: Psalms 37:28, (NASB), For the Lord loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.  Psalms 41:2, (NASB), The Lord will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.  Psalms 97:10, (NASB), Hate evil, you who love the Lord, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.  Psalms 116:6, (NASB), The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.  Psalms 31:23-24, (NASB), O love the Lord, all you His godly ones! The Lord preserve...
What We Believe
...We believe that the only source of God's Revelation to man is the God-inspired writings of the Old and New Testaments. Sola Scriptura is the norm of faith and life. (norma normans sed non normata)   We believe that the only criterion determining the canonical status of any biblical book is its compliance with the Central message of Scripture - the Gospel of Grace in Christ.   On this basis we reject the book bearing the name of the Apostle James. We consider the this book a pseudo-epigraph who came from among the Pharisee opponents of the Apostle Paul.   We adhere to the separation of books of Scripture on homologoumena and antilegomena. The doctrine of antilegomena should be considered in light of the teachings of homologoumena. Not the opposi...
Vadim Kuznetsov