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Conference explores Baptist Confession of Faith

April 2021 | by Evangelical Times

Dr Tom Nettles
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It was a pleasure to gather with brothers and sisters from different parts of the world for an online conference studying the historical and contemporary significance of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith.

The conference was organised by the directors of the new publishing house, Parrēsia. It was designed as a ‘thank you’ to those who financially and prayerfully supported a successful campaign on Kickstarter to raise money for a new edition of the Baptist Confession.

The conference included talks by Dr Michael Haykin, Dr Tom Nettles, and Pastor Jeremy Walker.

Dr Nettles addressed the subjects of Scripture and orthodoxy in the Confession. He unpacked other key themes such as Trinitarianism, describing it as ‘the soul of salvation’.

Dr Haykin gave presentations about the history behind the formation of the Confession in 1689, the difficulties faced by Baptists, and key figures that followed in the 18th and 19th Century, such as John Gill.

The conference included two excellent sermons by Mr Walker. He spoke of the necessity and utility of the Confession. He emphasised that it is not simply for academics, but important for all church members.

Pastor Daniel Funke and Pastor John-William Noble also preached about the meaning and power of the Greek word parrēsia (referring to boldness in speech), relating it to the nature of prayer and evangelism.

The conference was a good follow up to the initial stages of establishing this new publishing house which exists to produce gospel-centred and God-glorifying resources from a Reformed Baptist confessional perspective.