A Firm Foundation
The Articles of Faith and Rules of Practice
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
It is deemed desirable to state what we as a Christian Fellowship believe in our present age. However, we believe that the Church of Christ must ever submit her faith and practice to the light of Scripture and ensure that her statements concerning the unchanging Gospel are relevant to the generation in which God has placed her.
Nonetheless, let it be plainly stated that this is not a revision of truth nor a criticism of what our fathers have declared, but a concern to set forth in our day that which shall be, by God's grace, used of the Holy Spirit to explain the truths of divine revelation, to edify the people of God, to instruct those seeking the truth and to guide those who are astray, as well as to defend the doctrines of historic Christianity.
We feel it right to require everyone joining the Fellowship to assent to these articles recognizing that they will be under the influence, ministry and discipline of them, and that all elders and deacons should be openly committed to them and under obligation to reveal to their fellow-officers any departure from them. Further, that regular opportunity should be taken of reminding ourselves of them.
(For fuller statements of these doctrines and their out-working, reference should be made to the Particular Baptist Confession of 1689, and "We Believe" - the Strict Baptist Affirmation of Faith 1966 and the subsequent Guide for Church Fellowship.)
As it is impossible to know God apart from the divine revelation given to us, we believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (excluding the Apocrypha) as originally given, are the inspired and infallible Word of God. They are His provision for fallen man as a complete unfolding of His character and will, and centering in His Son -- the Lord Jesus Christ -- the written Word revealing Him, the living word of God. We confess these Scriptures to be without error and to be our supreme standard and guide in all matters, our only rule of faith and conduct. What follows is but an expression of truth contained therein.