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Our Confession

Recognizing the rich history and heritage of our Baptist forefathers and traditions, we recognize and affirm the following confessions: The 2000 Baptist Faith & Message, The 1858 Abstract of Principles, The 1833 New Hampshire Confession, The 1742 Philadelphia Baptist Confession, and The 1689 2nd London Baptist Confession.

These confessions can be viewed on site in the Ridgewood Church office. They can also be viewed at the following websites:

The 1689 2nd London Baptist Confession

The 1742 Philadelphia Baptist Confession

The 1833 New Hampshire Confession

The 1858 Abstract of Principles

The Baptist Faith & Message 2000

We do hereby adopt as the fullest expression of our faith: The 1689 2nd London Baptist Confession. This ancient document is a most excellent summary of things most surely believed among us. We accept the same, not as an authoritative rule or code of faith, whereby we are to be fettered, but as assistance to us in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and a means of edification in righteousness. In this Confession the members of our church will have a body of Divinity in small compass and by means of Scriptural proofs will be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in them (I Peter 3:15).

We, in no way, elevate this Confession of Faith, or any other, to the authority of the infallible Word of God. Rather, as stated above, we view it as assistance in controversy and a confirmation in faith.

This little volume is not issued as an authoritative rule, or code of faith, whereby you are to be fettered, but as an assistance to you in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and a means of edification in righteousness. Here the younger members of our church will have a body of divinity in small compass, and by means of Scriptural proofs, will be ready to give an account for the hope that is in them. Be not ashamed of your faith; remember it is the ancient gospel of martyrs, confessors, reformers and saints. Above all, it is “the truth of God”, against which the gates of Hell cannot prevail. Let your lives adorn your faith, let your example adorn your creed. Above all live in Christ Jesus, and walk in Him, giving credence to no teaching but that which is manifestly approved of Him, and owned by the Holy Spirit. Cleave fast to the Word of God which is here mapped out for you. ~ Charles Spurgeon, in his preface to the 1689 London Baptist Confession