The Baptist Confession of Faith, 1689

Dr Peter Masters

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C. H. Spurgeon said of this great Confession – “Here the youngest members of our church will have a body of Truth in small compass, and by means of the scriptural proofs, will be able to give a reason of the hope that is in them.”

This brilliant summary of doctrine (in the same family as the Westminster Confession), with its invaluable proof texts, is here gently modernised in punctuation, with archaic words replaced. Explanations of difficult phrases have been added in italic brackets. A brief history of the Confession is included.

Extracts from this bookThe grace of faith by which the elect are enabled to believe, so that their souls are saved, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily [normally] brought into being by the ministry of the Word. It is also increased and strengthened by the work of the Spirit through the ministry of the Word, and also by the administration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, prayer, and other means appointed by God. By this faith a Christian believes to be true whatever is revealed in the Word because this Word has the authority of God Himself. [Saving faith causes a person to believe all the Bible to be the Word of God – instinctively and completely.] Also, by this saving faith, a Christian apprehends [sees] an excellency in the Word which is higher than in all other writings and everything else in the world,5 because the Word shows forth the glory of God, revealing His attributes, showing the excellency of Christ’s nature and offices, and also the power and fulness of the Holy Spirit in His workings and operations. 


Table of Contents

The Baptist Confession of Faith 1689

The 32 Articles

1. The Holy Scriptures

2. God and the Holy Trinity

3. God’s Decree

4. Creation

5. Divine Providence

6. The Fall of Man, Sin and Punishment

7. God’s Covenant

8. Christ the Mediator

9. Free Will

10. Effectual Calling

11. Justification

12. Adoption

13. Sanctification

14. Saving Faith

15. Repentance and Salvation

16. Good Works

17. The Perseverance of the Saints

18. Assurance of Salvation

19. The Law of God

20. The Gospel and Its Influence

21. Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience

22. Worship and the Sabbath Day

23. Lawful Oaths and Vows

24. The Civil Magistrate

25. Marriage

26. The Church

27. The Communion of Saints

28. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

29. Baptism

30. The Lord’s Supper

31. Man’s State After Death, and the Resurrection

32. The Last Judgement