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The New Hampshire Confession an Exposition

O. C. S. Wallace

AUTHOR’S FOREWORD

This book was used twenty years in the form, and with the contents, prescribed by Dr. J. M. Frost. About one-third of the original material has been cut out, and certain changes have been made in the arrangement, in order that as a textbook it might conform to a new plan for the books used in the Training Course for Sunday School Workers. As in the original book, the several articles of the New Hampshire Confession, with the original proof-texts, are placed at the beginnings of the several expositions. For the convenience of those who use the book in courses having ten lesson periods, there are nine chapters instead of eighteen. Among other things omitted, to make the book of the required size, is an Introduction giving the history of the New Hampshire Confession. These changes have been made under the direction of Dr. P. E. Burroughs, who also prepared the questions following the several chapters, and the General Foreword.

O. C. S. W.

May 1, 1934.

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What is a Baptist?

by Tom Hicks

Many times when people ask the question, “What is a Baptist?,” they’re looking for certain qualities that distinguish Baptists from other denominations. But to look for distinguishing characteristics of Baptists is a question of “Baptist distinctives.” The definition of a “Baptist” includes far more than our distinguishing doctrines and practices. What it means to be “Baptist” involves the whole of “Baptist identity.” So, the question before us is “What are the basic elements of Baptist identity?” “Baptist Identity” is an interconnected web of doctrine that leads to Baptist distinctives (in the Baptist’s opinion). The first three major headings below come from the introduction of Tom Nettles’s masterful work, By His Grace and For His Glory: A Historical, Theological, and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life.

Baptists are Orthodox. Baptists hold to the historic symbols of orthodoxy, including the Nicene Creed, the Creed of Athanasius, the Apostles Creed, etc…

 

 

 

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The Baptist Confession on Worship: Its Regulative Principle

February 18, 2014 1 comment

This quote is derived from an article written by Dr. Bob Gonzales. This article explains the Regulative Principle and shows that this principle is found in scripture.

 

God created man for worship. Jesus declared that the Father is seeking worshippers who will worship Him “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). Not surprisingly, the Shorter Catechism begins by affirming, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” For this cause God the Father sent the Son in order to save us from our sin so that we might worship him. It should not surprise us, then, that the final chapter of the last book in our Bible contains the simple command: “Worship God” (Rev 22:9).1

But this raises the question, “How should God be worshiped?” To be more precise, “What kind of worship pleases God?” The answer to this question is vital. Unfortunately, some churches today don’t seem concerned about the right answer to the question. They seem more concerned with whether their worship is pleasing to people, than to God.2 They assume that God should be thankful for any time people give Him out of their busy schedules. But as one theologian has correctly observed,

Worship is not about God’s thanking us; it is about our thanking Him. And God is not pleased with just anything we choose to do in His presence. The mighty Lord of heaven and earth demands that our worship—indeed, all of life—be governed by His word.3

This brings us to chapter 22 of the Second London Baptist Confession: “Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day.” As we’ll see in this first installment of our exposition of this chapter, the Puritans and our Particular Baptist forefathers believed true worship must be regulated according to the dictates of Scripture.

 

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Chapter VIII : Of Christ the Mediator—Article 6

6. Although the price of Redemption was not actually paid by Christ, till after his Incarnation, (*) yet the vertue, efficacy, and benefit thereof were communicated to the Elect in all ages successively, from the beginning of the World, in and by those Promises, Types, and Sacrifices, wherein he was revealed, and signified to be the Seed of the Woman, which should bruise the Serpents head; (h) and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the World: (i) Being the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

* 1 Cor. 4.10. Heb. 4.2. 1 Pet. 1.10,11.

h Rev. 13.8.

i Heb. 13.8.

The 1677/89 London Baptist Confession