Some older posts on this blog I went through the 'Westminster Confession of Faith' which is an organised summary of Christian belief. Speed on till now and I have settled in the Baptist denomination for a big list of reasons (maybe that should be another blog post). So I thought it would be interesting to revisit the London Baptist version of the same document which is very very similar.
You may be thinking, 'Why do Christians not even agree? Don't you have the Bible? Why do you need these documents?'. All good questions. Firstly the Bible is a small book - no really - I mean it! There are many much larger books in the world so there are things to talk about and huge complex concepts to discuss from the Bible. This means fellow Christians may have differences and they may group with the like-minded whilst still sharing the essentials with the 'other' church down the street. Secondly any creed or confession should merely summarise what we learn in the Bible. Lastly, the Scripture is more narrative and progressive than summarised and topical. I find an organised list easier at times.
Here's a link to the document that will be referenced in future posts:
The Baptist Confession of Faith (1689)