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High Calvinists in ActionCalvinism and the City - Manchester and London, c. 1810-1860$

Ian J. Shaw

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250774.001.0001

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(p.348) Appendix 5 Articles of Faith and Practice of the Church Assembling in Grove Chapel, Camberwell

(p.348) Appendix 5 Articles of Faith and Practice of the Church Assembling in Grove Chapel, Camberwell

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High Calvinists in Action
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Oxford University Press

  1. 1. We believe in the existence of one Supreme Being in three Persons, co‐equal and co‐eternal, as revealed in Scripture.

  2. 2. We believe in the total depravity of human nature by the fall of Adam, our federal head.

  3. 3. We believe in the absolute and unconditional election of ‘a great multitude which no man can number, of all nations, and kindred, and people, and tongues,’ in the person of Christ unto eternal life.

  4. 4. We believe in the perfect, satisfactory, and meritorious atonement of the Son of God incarnate, by which alone sin can be expiated and sinners saved.

  5. 5. We believe in the absolute necessity of the influence of the Holy Spirit to renew and sanctify our souls, and qualify us for the enjoyment of God and heaven.

  6. 6. We believe that those whom the Father hath chosen—whom the Son hath redeemed—and whom the Holy Spirit sanctifies—shall assuredly obtain everlasting life.

  7. 7. We hold it to be an inestimable privilege to be under the care of a pastor, called and qualified of God to ‘feed our souls with knowledge and understanding’; and to the care and superintendence of such a pastor we resolve to commit all our spiritual concerns, as the watchman of our souls.

  8. 8. We consider it desirable and important that deacons be chosen from among ourselves, to superintend the temporal affairs of the church, whose office shall be purely secular, and whose number shall be regulated by the increase and decision of the church.

  9. 9. We believe that the ordinance of baptism is to be administered by the application of water to the persons who believe in Jesus, and their infant seed; and the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, to be received by those only who, from the principle of grace in their hearts, bring forth the fruits of righteousness.

  10. 10. We resolve that no persons shall be admitted to church fellowship with us, but such as give the satisfactory evidence to our pastor that they are the subjects of the renewing influence of the Holy Spirit, and who adorn their profession with a holy and circumspect life.

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  12. 11. Conscious of the infinite importance of brotherly love, and aware of the evils which arise in the absence of this God‐like principle, we purpose, by the grace of God, to consider it our duty to give, and our privilege to receive brotherly admonitions (in the spirit of meekness), whenever the infirmities of our flesh shall render them necessary, that we may be helpers to one another in the divine life.

  13. 12. We consider it our duty and privilege to be constant and regular in our attendance upon the public means of grace together, as one family, that our influence and example may be conducive to the prosperity of the church, and the prosperity of the church be apparent in the prosperity of our souls—that the name of the Lord Jesus may be glorified, and the heart of our pastor encouraged.

[Adopted at a public meeting on 21 December 1818, and signed by the first twelve members of what was to become Grove Chapel, Camberwell.]

Notes:

Source: ‘History of Grove Chapel’, by Joseph Irons, in Lock, Grove Chapel, pp. 15–16.