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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 ...
John Gill
1954 Sovereign Grace Bible Conference : Ashland, Kentucky
...     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-...
The Believer and God's Law
...     The believer's relationship to the law of God has been a long debated subject and a point of division among those who claim to believe the Gospel. Some claim that God's law is the believer's rule of conduct and obedience. Their opponents accuse them of being legalists. Others deny that God's law is the believer's rule of conduct and obedience. Their opponents accuse them of being antinomians (without law). Some claim that New Testament believers are still ...
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,...
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 su...
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 ...
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 a...
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...
Election and Particular Redemption
...     There are so many misconceptions of the Gospel truths of election and particular (or definite) redemption. These misconceptions are fostered mainly by natural prejudices and misunderstandings concerning what the Bible teaches about these blessed doctrines of grace.  The goal of this article, if God be pleased to use it, is to remove the prejudices against election and particular redemption and to show the Scriptural reality of both.  In most cases natural preju...
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 eviden...
Greg Strawbridge
The Glory of God Revealed in the Gospel
...     The Bible teaches us the purpose of all things in eternity, creation, providence, judgment, and salvation is to glorify the one living and true God.  We could fill pages with verses of Scripture proclaim­ing this fact, but consider how the Apostle Paul was inspired by God the Holy Spirit to write the follow­ing acclamation of praise to God –      Romans 11 – (33) O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowled...
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, ...
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...
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 ...
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 Chr...
Martin Luther
Preaching the Promise of the Gospel
...     God's preachers are sent to preach the Gospel. They are not sent to preach vain, worthless issues. The Apostle Paul wrote, "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel" (1 Corinthians 9:16). Every message should define and distinguish the good news, that single message which is "the power of God unto salvation" (Rom. 1:16). Most everyone w...
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 s...
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.  &nb...
David Bishop
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church : Our Creed
...     Our church has been entrusted with the delightful duty to proclaim, promote and preserve the truth of God. What is our creed; what, in short, are our beliefs? Scripture alone. We do not bow to the writings of men to guide us in doctrine and practice. We cannot wholeheartedly support the old confessions of faith written by well-meaning, but sinful men. There are no Baptist denominational rules that govern this church. We look to “the Word of Truth,”...
Jim Byrd
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 ...
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