Articles Of Faith
The Articles of Faith for the Strict and Particular Baptists (SPB’s) of the 17th to 21st centuries may be arranged under four headings: (1) Church Confessions; (2) Associational Confessions; (3) Societal Confessions; (4) Personal Confessions. Each group drew up its own statement of faith. The 1644 and 1689 Confessions do not fit into these categories, as they were designed to secure religious liberty from those outside their camp, rather than serve as a cornerstone for denominational orthodoxy and congregational unity. The SPB’s were also refining their teachings during the earlier centuries, sharpening their views of sovereign grace and formulating more consistent views on the church. These developments, therefore, reduced the relevancy of the 1644 and 1689 Confessions rendering them obsolete.
A Declaration of the Faith and Practice of the Church of Christ at Horsely-down, under the Pastoral Care of Mr. John Gill, &c. Having been enabled, through divine grace, to give up ourselves to the Lord, and likewise to one another by the will of God; we account it a duty incumbent upon us to make a declaration of our faith and practice, to the honour of Christ, and the glory of his name; knowing, that as with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, so with the mouth confession is made unto salvation--our declaration is as follows: 1. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 2. We believe…
With the combined energies and resources of a deacon belonging to Tilden Chapel in Smarden, and a farmer residing in Lashenden, a Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel was built in 1880. Two years after the chapel opened, a church was organized and John Kemp was appointed the first pastor. He served the fellowship until his death in 1932, a total of 52 years. Biddenden Chapel, 1880 John Kemp, Pastor
Many of the members in succeeding generations were relatives of the first congregation and were buried on the chapel grounds. Pastor Kevin Price, of Zoar Particular Baptist Chapel, Bradford, prizes the distinct values embraced by historic Strict/Particular Baptist churches. For the last several years, he has arranged annual services at Waddesdon Chapel for the purpose of commemorating the Strict Baptist witness. The following photos were taken during several different commemorative meetings. From the balcony, during the service. From behind the pulpit, before the service. The baptistry is under the floor in front of the pulpit. ----------------------------------- The church of Christ meeting for divine worship at Waddesdon Hill, Buckinghamshire, subscribed to the following “Articles of Faith and Rules”. Articles of Faith We believe in the unity…