The 1689 London Baptist Confession

The elders of Grace Church have reviewed the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, and commend it to the church as a clear, reliable (though not infallible), and edifying summary of the Christian faith.

Though there are a few places in which the elders either disagree with the Confession, or articulate a doctrine differently, the document as a whole is the most accurate extra-biblical confession they have found to provide accountability to the historic Christian faith and instruction for the saints. The elders agree with this statement of Charles Spurgeon:

"This ancient document is the most excellent epitome of the things most surely believed among us. It is not issued as an authoritative rule or code of faith, whereby you may be fettered, but as a means of edification in righteousness. It is an excellent, though not inspired, expression of the teaching of those Holy Scriptures by which all confessions are to be measured. We hold to the humbling truths of God's sovereign grace in the salvation of lost sinners. Salvation is through Christ alone and by faith alone."

May the Lord give you grace and wisdom in believing the truths summarized in this edifying Confession of Faith. Soli Deo Gloria!

Table of 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 Perseveraance 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 Judgement
Closing Statement and Signatories