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Scripture (Part 2) - by Michael Phillips
Our Confession of Faith - Part 5
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2 Peter 1:20-21
Sep 22, 2013 pm - With God's blessing, we'll move on in our afternoon study of the Midland Confession of Faith. Adopted by a small fellowship of English Baptists back in 1655, we made it our own in the mid 1980's. A couple of weeks ago, someone asked me why we chose this obscure Confession of Faith instead of a better known one, and that's an easy one to answer: There's nothing in it about the Sabbath, which has been the most heated controversy among Reformed Baptists for a very long time, and we wanted no part of it! It's amazing how unified our people are except on the Sabbath, and how much division this one single issue has caused. No Confession outside the Bible is perfect, but this is a good one and reasonably defines the teaching position of the church. Last time, we looked at the Confession's doctrine of Scripture. I assumed we could cover it fairly well in one sermon, but I was wrong; we only got about a third of it. Today we'll get to the middle third, and hopefully, next week wrap it up. Thus far, we've studied two things: the canonicity of the Bible and its inspiration. Canonicity tells us which books belong in the Bible, which don't, and why. Inspiration means the Bible is the Word of ... More >>>


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