London Baptist Confession – Week 2

1. The Holy Scriptures (cont.)

2. Under the title of Holy Scripture (or the written Word of God) are now contained all the following books of the Old and New Testament:-

OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans. 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, l & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude, Revelation.

All these books are given by the 5inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life.

3. The books commonly called ‘The Apocrypha’ not being of6 divine inspiration, are not part of the canon or rule of Scripture and are therefore of no authority to the church of God, nor are they to be approved of or made use of any differently from other human writings.

52 Timothy 3:16
6Luke 24:27, 44; Romans 3:2

London Baptist Confession – Week 1

1. The Holy Scriptures

1. The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and ¹infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.

Although the ²light of nature and the works of creation and providence manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God so much that man is left without any excuse, they are not sufficient to provide that knowledge of God and His will which is necessary for salvation.³

Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in divers manners to reveal Himself, and to declare His will to His church;

– and afterward, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church, protecting it against the corruption of the flesh and the malice of Satan and the world,

– it pleased the Lord to commit His revealed Truth wholly to writing.4 Therefore the Holy Scriptures are most necessary, those former ways by which God revealed His will unto His people having now ceased.

12 Timothy 3:15-17; Isaiah 8:20; Luke 16:29, 31; Ephesians 2:20;

2Romans 1:19-21; Romans 2:14,15; Psalms 19:1-3;

3Hebrews 1:1;

4Proverbs 22:19-21; Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 1:19,20

Thoughts to ponder:

Could anyone looking at your life tell that the Bible is your final authority? How? or Why not?

Do you really believe that the Bible is completely sufficient for all of life? Could someone tell by watching you?

Scripture or a "Good" Book?

Many of us claim that we believe the scriptures to be the Word of God. This should by both implication and explicit command in the scriptures mean that the commands therein would be binding for anyone naming the name of Jesus as Savior and Christ. However, it seems from our actions that we only really mean that we believe the bible when it is convenient. My question to you is what have you done lately as a result of your bible study that has cost you and where is the sanction for your actions in scripture?
For our family we are paying a price for our commitment to welcoming children as the blessing from the Lord the Scriptures declare them to be. (Ps. 139:1-24; Ps. 127:1-5 ; Gen 1:28; Gen 29:31; Gen 30:22).

Is it a bad sign when even lost folks know we're in trouble?

Here are 2 takes on the same issue and while their solutions may differ they both agree – Something is wrong in Mudville!

First we start with a secular filmmaker who takes a hard look at the education establishment in America. While I doubt I would agree with his solutions to the problem I find it interesting that a man who by all indications makes no profession of submission to Christ sees what Pastors and Christian Parents refuse to acknowledge – the youth ministry of the church of secular humanism (government schools) are horribly broken! It is to our shame that those without eyes to see the truth see in their groping what we who have had our eyes opened by Christ willfully shut our eyes against. Take a look:


The good news is, believers are beginning to wake up.

This next one is from Gunn Brothers Productions an award winning Christian production company who is tackling the issue from a distinctly Christian worldview. I really appreciate these guys and their work. I would most likely fall closer to their solutions to the issue and highly recommend you see this film when it is released this fall. Take a look at the issue through the lens of the scriptures:


A disciple[1] is not above his teacher[2], but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40 ESV

(footnotes added)

1 μαθητής – one who engages in learning through instruction from another, pupil, apprentice (1)

2 διδάσκαλος – teacher (2)

Who then will your children be like?

(1) – William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, “Based on Walter Bauer’s Griechisch-Deutsches Wr̲terbuch Zu Den Schriften Des Neuen Testaments Und Der Frhchristlichen [Sic] Literatur, Sixth Edition, Ed. Kurt Aland and Barbara Aland, With Viktor Reichmann and on Previous English Editions by W.F. Arndt, F.W. Gingrich, and F.W. Danker.”, 3rd ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 609.

(2) – Ibid, 241.

The Continuing Collapse: May 2010

“He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.”  – Charles Peguy

This is one of the leading quotes in the latest edition of “The Continuing Collapse” over at Voddie Baucham’s blog. Please go read this well researched monthly feature on the state of education in America. Every parent needs to be informed of the direction and state of our schools and these gentlemen have done the leg work for you but have also clearly documented their sources for your own research so that you might be a Berean in your daily walk.  Read the full post