A Summary Of The Doctrines Of Grace
1. We believe in the one true and living God, in three Persons:
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who is invisible, personal,
omnipresent, eternal, dependent on none, unchanging, truthful,
trustworthy, almighty, sovereign, omniscient, righteous, holy, good,
loving, merciful, long-suffering and gracious.
As Expressed In The 1689
London Baptist Confession Of Faith*
2. We believe that Almighty God has revealed all that is
necessary to life and salvation in the sixty six books of Holy
Scripture which are the Word of God. All Scripture was
given by inspiration of God, is infallible and inerrant, and is the
final arbiter in all disputes. Its authority is derived
from its Author and not from the opinions of men.
3. We believe that God made our first father Adam perfect, holy and
upright. He was appointed representative and head of the
human race thereby exposing all his offspring to the effects of his
obedience or disobedience to God's commands.
4. We believe that Adam fell from his original righteousness into
sin and brought upon himself and all his offspring death, condemnation
5. We believe it is utterly beyond the power of fallen man to
love God, to keep his laws, to understand the gospel, to repent of sin
or trust in Christ.
6. We believe that God, before the foundation of the world, for his own
glory did elect an innumerable host of men and women to eternal life as
an act of free and sovereign grace. This election was in no
way dependent upon his foresight of human faith, decision, works or
7. We believe that God sent his Son into the world, conceived of
the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, unchangeably sinless, both God and
man, born under the Law, to live a perfect life of righteousness, on
behalf of his elect people.
8. We believe that God's Son died at Calvary to effect propitiation,
reconciliation, redemption and atonement for his elect
people. God bore testimony to his acceptance of his Son's
work by raising him from the dead.
9. We believe that God's Son ascended to the right hand of his Father
and is enthroned in glory, where he intercedes on behalf of his people
and rules over all things for their sake.
10. We believe that God the Son has poured out the Holy Spirit to work
alongside the preached Word. The Spirit of God regenerates the elect
sinner and draws him irresistibly to faith in Christ the Saviour.
11. We believe the elect, who are called by grace, are justified in the
sight of God on account of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ
which is received by faith alone.
12. We believe that such as are regenerated, called and justified
shall persevere in holiness and never finally fall away.
13. We believe that baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper are
gospel ordinances belonging only to regenerated believers.
14. We believe that the local church is under the authority of Christ
alone. The communion of saints, however, requires
recognition of and fellowship with other churches.
15. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ shall come again to raise the
dead, both righteous and unrighteous, and that the righteous shall
enjoy everlasting life and the wicked endure everlasting punishment.
* From: International Fellowship
Reformed Baptists. Source: http://www.reformation-today.org