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Q. 1. Who is the only self-existent Being?

A. God is the only self-existent Being.

(Ex 3:14; Ps 90:2; Is 45:5, 22; Jn 8:58)

Q. 2. Ought everyone to believe that there is a God?

A. Everyone ought to believe that there is a God, and it is their great sin and folly who do not.

(Ps 9:17; Ecc 12:13; Mk 16:16; Jn 8:24 & 16:8-9; 2 Thess 2:11-12)

Q. 3. How may we know that there is a God?

A. The works of creation and providence plainly declare that there is a God, but His Word and Spirit only do it effectually to the salvation of His people.

(Job 38 & 39; Ps 19; Jn 16:8-14 & 17:8; 1 Cor 2:10)

Q. 4. What is the Word of God?

A. The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the…

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In 1792, Francis Cox, a local farmer and dedicated Christian, built a chapel at his own expense for the purpose of divine worship. This he did in an isolated place called Waddesdon Hill, Buckinghamshire. Three years later, Henry Paice was ordained to the Gospel Ministry and became the first pastor. Within three years of the pastor’s induction, the congregation had grown to sixty-five members. According to a list in a Newspaper article attached to the Church Book, the people who attended the meetings had come from around thirty surrounding villages. In “Strict and Particular”, Kenneth Dix points out: “…as churches were formed and chapels built in their own localities, the need for these people to make a long journey to an isolated chapel in the country no longer existed.” The church dissolved in 1976 and the meeting house…

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On Friday, 21st March 2014, Dr. Matthew Hyde delivered the annual lecture for the Strict Baptist Historical Society at Bethesda Chapel.[1] After the lecture, he and I shared a brief exchange on the subject of high-calvinism and nineteenth-century Strict Baptist pastors. Since one of these pastors, John Hazelton, had been connected with the church that I pastor,[2] his name naturally came up. Subsequent to our chat, Dr. Hyde graciously gave me one of his copies of William Styles’, “John Hazelton: A Memoir”.

I believe Baptists should be familiar with the life and ministry of John Hazelton for three reasons:

First, the life and ministry of John Hazelton is worth knowing because he was one of the leading Baptist ministers in the city of London during the nineteenth-century.

Second, the life and ministry of John Hazelton is worth knowing because he is among a gallant group of Baptist ministers who tenaciously subscribed to a high view of Sovereign Grace.

Third, the life and ministry of John Hazelton is worth knowing because he has much to teach this generation of professing Christians who like to call themselves Reformed Baptists.

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As I am in the middle of finishing an exhaustive book on the subject of elders, it is frustrating that I am not yet ready to fire back at those who are exerting great effort in promoting this newfangled theory of a plural eldership in Baptist churches. Their forceful claims to have received an inner revelation from God’s Word to which our Baptist forefathers were ignorant, is quite frankly a very arrogant position to nurture. When they boast their theory of leadership in churches is the ‘biblical way’, they censure and condemn all churches who have…

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The Affirmations set forth in the following statements are representative views of the historic values maintained by Strict (restricted table) and Particular (restricted atonement) Baptist churches, before and up to the mid-twentieth century. Since the Second World War, most historic churches have (1) adopted the Westcott and Hort text, thereby departing from the high view of verbal inspiration; (2) adopted the teachings of Fullerism, thereby departing from the high view of Sovereign Grace; (3) adopted the philosophy of Ecumenism, thereby departing from the high view of strict communion; (4) adopted an adaptation of Presbyterianism, thereby departing from the high view of Baptist polity.

It appears many Strict Baptists have failed to understand that moving with the times does not mean churches must move from the truth. Conservative values are…

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This series of studies looks at the reasons why the house of God should be a priority in the life of every Christian, and also considers the reasons/excuses that may keep God’s people from corporate worship. The point of interest in this first study is to show why church attendance is a big deal: (1) Because it strikes at the heart of the meaning of ‘church’; (2) Because it is the most basic form of commitment made by a member; (3) Because non-attendance is one of the first signs of spiritual declension; (4) Because it is commanded by God.

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Get Off My Case

6 Jan 2013, by Jared Smith

1 Get Off My Case

This series of studies looks at the reasons why the house of God should be a priority in the life of every Christian, and also considers the reasons/excuses that may keep God’s people from corporate worship. The point of interest in this second study is to answer the charge—”You have no right to control my time and dictate how often I attend the house of God”: (1) You are at liberty to manage your own time; (2) You have made a covenant with the Lord and His church; (3) You are a steward of time, not its supreme ruler.

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Let Me Explain

6 Jan 2013, by Jared Smith

2 Let Me Explain

This series of studies looks at the reasons why the house of God should be a priority in the life of every Christian, and also considers the reasons/excuses that may keep God’s people from corporate worship. The point of interest in this third study is to highlight the legitimate reasons that may keep the Christian from attending the house of God: (1) If you are sick; (2) If you are traveling; (3) If you are attending other special services elsewhere; (4) If you have experienced transportation problems; (5) If you live too far away; (6) If you can no longer unite with the church based on doctrinal or practical issues; (7) If you are required to work (Humanitarian causes).

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This series of studies looks at the reasons why the house of God should be a priority in the life of every Christian, and also considers the reasons/excuses that may keep God’s people from corporate worship. The point of interest in this fourth study is to highlight some of the poor excuses made the Christian based on his personal mismanagement of priorities: (1) I do not have enough money for travel; (2) I have an embarrassing problem; (3) I didn’t feel like going out today/tonight; (4) I got up too late; (5) I was just too tired; (6) The weather is not favourable—too cold, hot or wet; (7) I have to do some errands; (8) I’m cooking for the meal after the service; (9) I don’t want to miss…

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This series of studies looks at the reasons why the house of God should be a priority in the life of every Christian, and also considers the reasons/excuses that may keep God’s people from corporate worship. The point of interest in this fifth study is to highlight some of the poor excuses made the Christian based on his perceived problem with the church: (1) The sermons are too boring; (2) The music is too conservative; (3) The church is too small—there is no one my age, gender, nationality, etc; (4) I want to mix things up and attend other churches.

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