The Articles of Faith can be found in Appendix #1 in the Brent Baptist Church Constitution and By Laws, beginning on page 23.
According to meeting minutes from 1907, when originally constituted, Brent Baptist chose “the old Philadelphia Articles of Faith” as a statement of our common faith. The Philadelphia Articles first appeared as such in 1742 as an exact copy of the Baptist’s 2nd London Confession of Faith, 1689, with two articles added by Benjamin Keach in 1697 on the singing of Psalms and the laying on of hands.
The current version of our confession is distilled from the 2nd London Confession of 1689 and the Philadelphia Articles, but the general tone is in keeping with Baptist doctrine over the ages. Our current Articles were originally written as the Abstract of Principles for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at her founding in 1859. Their purpose was, in the words of the first President of the seminary, James P. Boyce, for the “maintenance of Baptist principles” (James P. Boyce, Western Recorder, 18 Apr. 1874, 2.). Every semester, new faculty at SBTS must sign the Abstract of Principles, stating their commitment to teach “in accordance with, and not contrary to,” these statements of faith.
A church’s statement of faith is a part of the covenant agreement that a person makes when uniting with a local church body, along with the church’s covenant itself, which is a statement of a person’s commitment to keep accountable to that local body, for Jesus’ sake. Jesus’ church gathered as Brent Baptist must seek unity around the doctrines stated in these documents, for the sake of God’s fame in Bibb County and around the world. For issues that go beyond these statements, Christian charity must allow for diversity in unity.
Besides these articles of faith, Brent Baptist Church is also in agreement with the Southern Baptist Convention's Baptist Faith and Message (2000). If you would like a .pdf of our Articles of faith, click here.
Brent Baptist Church
Articles of Faith
1. The Scriptures – The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
2. God – There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in Himself all perfection and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
3. The Trinity – God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
4. Providence – God from eternity decrees or permits all things to come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events: yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
5. Election – Election is 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.
6. The Fall of Man – God originally created man is 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 nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, became actual transgressors.
7. The Mediator – Jesus 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 right 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 Universe.
8. Regeneration – Regeneration 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 rewarding their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone.
9. Repentance – Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person, by the Holy Spirit made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbleth for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self abhorrence, with a purpose to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.
10. Faith – Saving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification 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 holiness.
11. Justification – 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 the account of obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.
12. Sanctification – Those who 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 Christ's commands.
13. Perseverance of the Saints – Those whom 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 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.
14. The Church – The Lord 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, disciple and worship which He hath appointed. The regular officers of a Church are the Pastor and Deacons.
15. Baptism – Baptism is 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 in the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving of himself to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship and to participation in the Lord's Supper.
16. The Lord's Supper – The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ to be administered with the elements of bread and fruit of the vine, 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 their church fellowship.
17. The Lord's Day – The Lord's 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 expected.
18. Liberty and Conscience – God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He hath it free from doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, 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 sake.
19. The resurrection – The bodies 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.
20. The Judgment – God hath 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 away into everlasting punishment; the righteous into everlasting life.