London Baptist Confession
At Legacy Reformed Baptist Church we derive our statement of faith from the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.
For a modern English version of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, visit The1689Confession.com
Summary of Beliefs
The Word of God
We believe the Bible to be the only inerrant Word of God. It is our only ultimate and infallible authority for faith and practice.
Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21 | See LBC Chapter 1
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is omnipotent; that is, He is all-powerful. He is omnipresent; that is, He is present throughout all Creation yet not limited by it. He is omniscient; that is, nothing is hidden from His sight.
In all things He is limited by nothing other than His own nature and character. We believe the God we serve is holy, righteous, good, just, loving, and full of mercy. He created the heavens and earth, and everything in them, in the space of six days, and all very good. He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Governor of everything that has been made.
We believe in the full deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His literal return in power and glory.
We believe in the full deity of the Holy Spirit, acknowledging Him together with the Father and the Son in the works of creation and redemption. It is the Spirit who calls and regenerates sinners, illumines the Scriptures, sanctifies believers, and seals unto us all the various benefits of our redemption.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and grow into greater Christ-likeness.
Genesis 1:31; Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-14; Acts 5:1-4; Romans 8:10-11; Galatians 5:22-25; Colossians 1:16; 1 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 5:20, 13:14 | See LBC Chapters 2-5
We believe that because of Adam’s sin all mankind is in rebellion against God. Because of sin all mankind is born with a sinful nature and has been separated from God and all of creation has been subjugated to death and decay.
Psalm 51:15; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-19, 23; 5:12; 8:20 | See LBC Chapter 6
We believe that sinful men can only be reconciled to God by their being regenerated by the Holy Spirit which produces a response of faith in Christ and the repentance of their sins. This reconciliation and regeneration is wholly a work of God’s free and sovereign grace.
We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, and that faith without works is dead.
Acts 11:18; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:5; James 2:17 | See LBC Chapters 10-15
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost; those who are saved to the resurrection of life, and those who are lost to the resurrection of damnation.
John 5: 25-29; Acts 24:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15: 20-24, 42-49, 51-56; Philippians 3: 20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; | See LBC Chapters 31-32
We believe that Jesus Christ established and is the Head of His universal church, which is made up of all the elect of God.
We believe that the local expressions of the church are vital, and each believer should be actively involved in such a fellowship. Local churches exist for the worship of God, the edification and equipping of believers, and the proclamation of the Gospel.
Hebrews 12:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 Timothy 4:14 | See LBC Chapter 26