Confession of Faith
At Redemption Hill Church The 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith is the basis of our Confession. This confession shares a high degree of continuity with the Reformed confessions. The 1689 is also written from a baptistic perspective and aligns most closely with our doctrinal convictions. Additionally, the 1689 has broad historic and catholic recognition as an orthodox confession of the Christian faith. Below are several doctrines of our confession, but the entire confession of faith can be obtained at the Trinity Fellowship Churches website.
1. The Scriptures
The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. The light of nature and the works of creation and providence demonstrate God’s goodness, wisdom, and power so clearly that they leave men without excuse. Nevertheless, these are insufficient to give that knowledge of God and his will which is necessary to salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord at many times and in many ways to reveal himself and declare his will to his church. After this, the Lord preserved this revelation in writing to better guard and spread the truth and establish and comfort the church against the corruption of the flesh and the evil intention of Satan and of the world. Therefore, the Holy Scriptures are absolutely necessary as God’s former means of revealing his will to his people have ceased.
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2. God and The Holy Trinity
The Lord, our God, is one, the only living and true God. He exists in and of himself; he is infinite in being and perfection; his essence cannot be understood by anyone but himself; he is a perfectly pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions. He alone has immortality, dwelling in the light no one can approach. He is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, entirely infinite, completely holy, ultimately wise, totally free, and absolute. He works all things according to the counsel of his own unchanging and perfectly righteous will for his glory. He is most loving, gracious, merciful, and long-suffering. He is abundant in goodness and truth and forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin. He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him and is entirely just and to be feared in his judgments. He hates all sin and will by no means clear the guilty.
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3. God’s Decree
God has decreed in himself from all eternity all things, whatever comes to pass by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably. Yet he is neither the author of sin nor has fellowship with anyone in sin. Nor does he violate the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away but rather established. In this, his wisdom is displayed in directing all things, as is his power and faithfulness in accomplishing his decree.
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In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for the demonstration of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness to create, or make out of nothing, the world and all things in it, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days and all very good.
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5. Divine Providence
God the good Creator of all things in his infinite power and wisdom upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures and things from the greatest even to the least by his most wise and holy providence to the end for which they were created according to his infallible foreknowledge and the free and immutable counsel of his own will. This is all to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness, and mercy.
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6. The Fall of Man, Sin, and it’s Punishment
God created man upright and perfect and gave him a righteous law, which secured him life had he kept it and threatened death if he broke it. Yet Adam did not live long in this honor. Satan used the subtlety of the serpent to subdue Eve, and by her, seduced Adam. Adam, without any compulsion, willfully transgressed the law of their creation and the command given to them in eating the forbidden fruit. God was pleased to permit this according to his wise and holy counsel, having purposed to direct it to his own glory.
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7. God’s Covenant of Grace
The distance between God and the creature is so great that although reasonable creatures do owe obedience to him as their creator, yet they could never have attained the reward of life except by some voluntary condescension on God’s part. He has been pleased to express this by way of covenant.
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8. Christ the Mediator
It pleased God in his eternal purpose to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, his only begotten Son, according to the covenant made between them both, to be the mediator between God and man. Jesus is ordained as the prophet, priest, and king. He is the head and Savior of the church, the heir of all things, and judge of the world. From all eternity, God gave a people to be his seed and in time they would be redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified by him.
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9. Free Will
God has endowed the will of man with a natural liberty and power of acting upon choice, so that it is neither forced nor, by any necessity of nature, determined to do good or evil.
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10. Effectual Calling
Those whom God has predestined to life, he is pleased in His appointed and accepted time effectually to call to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ. He effectually calls them by his Word and Spirit out of their natural state of sin and death, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God. He takes away their heart of stone and gives them a heart of flesh. He renews their wills and by his almighty power causes them to do what is good. He effectually draws them to Jesus Christ, yet they come most freely, being made willing by his grace.
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Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies, not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous. This is not for anything done in them or done by them but for Christ’s sake alone. They are not made righteous by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other gospel obedience to them. They are made righteous by imputing Christ’s active obedience to the whole law and passive obedience in his death by faith. This faith they have is not of themselves. It is the gift of God.
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God has guaranteed the grace of adoption of all those that are justified, for the sake of his only Son Jesus Christ. By this, they are numbered with and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God. They have his name put upon them, receive the Spirit of adoption, and have access to the throne of grace with boldness. They are enabled to cry Abba, Father. They are pitied, protected, provided for, and disciplined by him as by a Father. They are never cast off but sealed to the day of redemption and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation.
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Those who are united to Christ, effectually called and regenerated, have a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection. They are also further sanctified, really and personally, through the same virtue, by his Word and Spirit dwelling in them. The dominion of the whole body of sin is therefore destroyed and its various lusts are more and more weakened and put to death. Those who are united to Christ are more and more enlivened and strengthened in all saving graces so that they practice true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
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14. Saving Faith
The grace of faith is a work of the Spirit of Christ in the hearts of the elect, where they are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls. This grace of faith is ordinarily brought about by the ministry of the Word. It is also increased and strengthened by the administration of baptism and the Lord’s supper, prayer, and other means appointed by God.
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For our complete Confession of Faith please visitit our denominational website of Trinity Fellowship Churches.