I. The Scriptures.
Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were
given by inspiration of God, and are the
only sufficient, certain and authoritative
rule of all saving knowledge, faith and
There is but
one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of
all things, having in and of himself, all
perfections, and being infinite in them all;
and to Him all creatures owe the highest
love, reverence and obedience.
III. The Trinity.
revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy
Spirit each with distinct personal
attributes, but without division of nature,
essence or being.
eternity, decrees or permits all things that
come to pass, and perpetually upholds,
directs and governs all creatures and all
events; yet so as not in any wise to be
author or approver of sin nor to destroy the
free will and responsibility of intelligent
God’s eternal choice of some persons unto
everlasting life — not because of foreseen
merit in them, but of his mere mercy in
Christ — in consequence of which choice they
are called, justified and glorified.
VI. The Fall of Man.
originally created man in His own image, and
free from sin; but, through the temptation
of Satan, he transgressed the command of
God, and fell from his original holiness and
righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit
a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God
and His law, are under condemnation, and as
soon as they are capable of moral action,
become actual transgressors.
VII. The Mediator.
Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the
divinely appointed mediator between God and
man. Having taken upon Himself human nature,
yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the
Law, suffered and died upon the cross for
the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and
rose again the third day, and ascended to
His Father, at whose hand He ever liveth to
make intercession for His people. He is the
only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King
of the Church, and Sovereign of the
is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy
Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in
trespasses and sins enlightening their minds
spiritually and savingly to understand the
Word of God, and renewing their whole
nature, so that they love and practice
holiness. It is a work of God’s free and
special grace alone.
is an evangelical grace, wherein a person
being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of
the manifold evil of his sin, humbleth
himself for it, with godly sorrow,
detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with
a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so
as to please Him in all things.
is the belief, on God’s authority, of
whatsoever is revealed in His Word
concerning Christ; accepting and resting
upon Him alone for justification and eternal
life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy
Spirit, and is accompanied by all other
saving graces, and leads to a life of
Justification is God’s gracious and full
acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ,
from all sin, through the satisfaction that
Christ has made; not for anything wrought in
them or done by them; but on account of the
obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they
receiving and resting on Him and His
righteousness by faith.
have been regenerated are also sanctified,
by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them.
This sanctification is progressive through
the supply of Divine strength, which all
saints seek to obtain, pressing after a
heavenly life in cordial obedience to all
XIII. Perseverance of the Saints.
God hath accepted in the Beloved, and
sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally
nor finally fall away from the state of
grace, but shall certainly persevere to the
end; and though they may fall, through
neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby
they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces
and comforts, bring reproach on the Church,
and temporal judgments on themselves, yet
they shall be renewed again unto repentance,
and be kept by the power of God through
faith unto salvation.
XIV. The Church.
Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is
composed of all his true disciples, and in
Him is invested supremely all power for its
government. According to his commandment,
Christians are to associate themselves into
particular societies or churches; and to
each of these churches he hath given needful
authority for administering that order,
discipline and worship which he hath
appointed. The regular officers of a Church
are Bishops, or Elders, and Deacons.
an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory
upon every believer, wherein he is immersed
in water in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign
of his fellowship with the death and
resurrection of Christ, of remission of
sins, and of his giving himself up to God,
to live and walk in newness of life. It is
prerequisite to church fellowship, and to
participation in the Lord’s Supper.
XVI. The Lord’s Supper.
Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to
be administered with the elements of bread
and wine, and to be observed by his churches
till the end of the world. It is in no sense
a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate
his death, to confirm the faith and other
graces of Christians, and to be a bond,
pledge and renewal of their communion with
him, and of their church fellowship.
XVII. The Lord’s Day.
Day is a Christian institution for regular
observance, and should be employed in
exercises of worship and spiritual devotion,
both public and private, resting from
worldly employments and amusements, works of
necessity and mercy only excepted.
XVIII. Liberty of Conscience.
God alone is
Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it
free from the doctrines and commandments of
men, which are in anything contrary to His
word, or not contained in it. Civil
magistrates being ordained of God,
subjection in all lawful things commanded by
them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord,
not only for wrath, but also for conscience
XIX. The Resurrection.
of men after death return to dust, but their
spirits return immediately to God — the
righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be
reserved under darkness to the judgment. At
the last day, the bodies of all the dead,
both just and unjust, will be raised.
XX. The Judgment.
appointed a day, wherein he will judge the
world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall
receive according to his deeds; the wicked
shall go into everlasting punishment; the
righteous, into everlasting life.