Because the Holy Spirit has been leading the Church to an understanding of the truth throughout her history, we must not ignore the legacy He has given to us through the creeds of the Early Church, the Reformers, and the Puritans. It is our conviction that the fruits of this heritage have been gathered together best in the London Baptist Confession of 1689, which is a time-tested summary of what we believe the Bible teaches. It is our secondary rule of faith and practice, always subservient to the first and final rule of Scripture. Some of the most vital doctrines contained in this confession of faith are listed below:
Every word in the Bible is inspired, inerrant, and authoritative.
There is only one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created all things from nothing by the word of His power in six days and continues to maintain absolute sovereign control over all His creatures and all events of history.
Jesus Christ, being very and eternal God, took to Himself human nature with all its essential properties, lived a sinless life, suffered a substitutionary death for the sin of His people, was raised bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven, where He ever lives to make intercession for His people.
Salvation is the work of God, begun in eternity by the Father’s loving choice of a multitude of hell-deserving sinners, based wholly upon the finished work of the Son and not upon human merit.
All True Believers, having been delivered from bondage to sin and having received the gift of the Holy Spirit, give evidence of this saving change by a basic pattern of obedience to Christ and by the fruit of the Spirit. God both commands and enables them to grow and persevere in faith and holiness unto the end.
The Church members are to be composed solely of believers who have been baptized upon their confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and who have submitted to his rule and authority as set forth in the Scriptures.