HeartCry identifies with the following four biblically sound documents: the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689, the Philadelphia Confession of Faith of 1742, the New Hampshire Confession of Faith of 1833, and the Abstract of Principles of 1858. The New Hampshire Confession of Faith is the one we typically present to our supporters, due to its conciseness and readability. It is printed in full below, with minimal editing for grammatical clarity and consistency.
The Scriptures. We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its Author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; and that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us. It is, therefore, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
The True God. We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite intelligent Spirit, whose name is Yahweh, the Maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love. We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
John 4:24; Ps. 83:18; Heb. 3:4; Rom. 1:20; Jer. 10:10; Ex.15:11; Ps. 147:5; Isa. 6:3; I Pet. 1:15-16; Rev. 4:6-8; Mark 12:30; Rev. 4:11; Matt. 10:37; Jer. 2:12-13; Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John 10:30; John 5:17; John 14:23; John 17:5, 10; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor. 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14; Rev. 1:4-5
The Fall of Man. We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; consequently, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God and positively inclined to evil. Therefore, they are under just condemnation to eternal ruin and without defense or excuse.
Gen. 1:27; Gen. 1:31; Eccl. 7:29; Acts 17:26-29; Gen. 2:16-17; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:15-19; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 8:7; Isa. 53:6; Gen. 6:12; Rom. 3:9-18; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 1:18, 32; Rom. 2:1-16; Gal. 3:10; Matt. 20:15; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 3:19; Gal. 3:22
The Way of Salvation. We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience; and made a full atonement for our sins by His death. We believe that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and that, uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior.
Eph. 2:3; Matt. 18:11; I John 4:10; I Cor. 3:5-7; Acts 15:11; John 3:16; 1:1-14; Heb. 4:14; 12:24; Phil. 2:8-9, 14; II Cor. 5:21; Isa. 42:21; Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 3:21; Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 20:28; Rom. 4:25; 3:21-26; I John 2:3; I Cor. 15:1-3; Heb. 1:3, 8; 9:13-15; Col. 3:1-4; Heb. 7:25–26; Col. 2:18; Ps. 89:19; Ps. 34
Justification. We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; and that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
John 1:16; Eph. 3:8; Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11-12; Rom 5:1-2; Rom. 5:9; Zech. 13:1; Matt. 9:6; Acts 10:43; Rom. 5:17; Titus 3:5-7; I Pet.3:7; I John 2:25; Rom. 5:21; Rom. 4:4-5; 6:23, Phil. 3:7-9; Rom. 5:19; 3:24-26; 4:23-25; I John 2:12; Rom. 5:3, 11; I Cor. 1:30-31; Matt. 6:33; I Tim. 4:8
The Freeness of Salvation. We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth except his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel—a rejection that involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
Grace in Regeneration. We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated (or born again); that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3, 6-7; I Cor. 3:14; Rev. 14:3; 21:27; II Cor. 5:17; Ezek. 36:26; Deut. 30:6; Rom. 2:28-29; 5:5; I John 4:7; John 3:8; 1:13; James 1:16-18; I Cor. 1:30; Phil. 2:13; I Peter 1:22-25; I John 5:1; Eph. 4:20-24; Col. 3:9-11; Eph. 5:9; Rom. 8:90; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 3:14-21; Matt. 3:8-10; 7:20; I John 5:4, 18
Repentance and Faith. We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God. Being deeply convinced of our guilt, of our danger, of our helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time, we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, relying on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; Eph. 2:8; I John 5:1; John 16:8; Acts 2:37-38; 16:30-31; Luke 18:13; 15:18-21; James 4:7-10; II Cor. 7:11; Ps. 51; Rom. 10:9-11; Acts 3:22-23; Heb. 4:14; Ps. 2:6; Heb. 1:8; 7:25; II Tim. 1:12
God’s Purpose of Grace. We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; and that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable. We believe that election utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
II Tim. 1:8-9; Eph. 1:3-14; I Pet. 1:1-2; Rom. 11:5-6; John 15:16; I John 4:19; II Thess. 2:13-14; Acts 13:48; John 10:16; Matt. 20:16; Acts 15:14; Ex. 33:18-19; Matt. 20:15; Eph. 1:11; Rom. 9:23-24; Jer. 31:3; Rom. 11:28-29; James 1:17-18; II Tim.1:9; Rom. 11:32-36; I Cor. 1:26-31; Rom. 3:27; Rom. 4:16; Col. 3:12; I Cor. 3:5-7; 15:10; I Peter 5:10; Acts 1:24; I Thess. 2:13; I Pet. 2:9; Luke 18:7; John 15:16; I Thess. 2:12; II Tim. 2:10; I Cor. 9:22; Rom. 8:28-30; John 6:37-40; I Thess 1:4-10; Isa. 42:16; Rom. 11:29; II Pet. 1:10-11; Phil. 3:12; Heb. 6:11
Sanctification. We believe that sanctification is the process by which we are made partakers of God’s holiness according to His will; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, our Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means—especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
I Thess. 4:3; I Thess. 5:23; II Cor. 7:1; 13:10; Phil. 3:12-16; I John 2:29; Rom. 8:5; Eph. 1:4; Prov. 4:18; II Cor. 3:18; Heb. 6:1; II Peter 1:5-8; John 3:6; Phil. 1:9-11; Eph. 1:13-14; Phil. 2:12-13; Eph. 4:11-12; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18; II Cor. 13:5; Luke 11:35; 9:23; Matt. 26:41; Eph. 6:18; 4:30
Perseverance of the Saints. We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
John 8:31; I John 2:19, 27-28; 3:9; 5:18; John 13:18; Matt. 13:20- 21; John 6:66-69; Job 17:9; Rom. 8:28; Matt. 6:30-33; Jer. 32:40; Ps.121:3; 91:11-12; Phil. 1:6; 2:13; Jude 24:25; Heb.1:14; II Kings 6:16; Heb. 13:5; I John 4:4
The Harmony of the Law and the Gospel. We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin. Delivering them from this sin and restoring them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy law is one great end of the gospel and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
A Gospel Church. We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers—associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. We believe that its only scriptural officers are pastors (or elders or bishops) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
I Cor. 1:1-3; Matt. 18:17; Acts 5:11; 8:1; 11:21-23; I Cor. 4:17; 14:23; III John 9; I Tim. 3:5; Acts 2:41-42, 47; II Cor. 8:5; I Cor. 5:12-13; 11:2; II Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17-20; I Cor. 11:23-24; Matt. 18:15-20; I Cor. 5:6; II Cor. 2:17; I Cor. 4:17; Matt. 28:20; John 14:15; 15:12; I John 14:21; I Thess. 4:2; II John 6; Gal. 6:2; Eph. 4:7; I Cor. 14:12; Phil. 1:1; Acts 14:23; 15:22; I Tim. 3; Titus 1
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that the Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior and the effect of His work—our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. We believe that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; 4:12; Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 10:47-48; 16:32-34; 18:8; Gal. 3:26-28; Rom.6:4; Col. 2:12; I Peter 3:20-21; Acts 22:16; 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:26; Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; I Cor. 5:1-8; 10:3-32; 11:17-32; John 6:26
The Christian Sabbath. We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day or Christian Sabbath; it is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations; by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for the rest that remains for the people of God.
Acts 20:7; Gen. 2:3; Col. 2:16-17; Mark 2:27; John 20:19; I Cor. 16:1-2; Ex. 20:8; Rev. 1:10; Ps. 118:15, 24; Isa. 58:13-14; 56:2-8; Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 11:26; 13:44; Lev. 19:30; Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2-3; Ps. 26:8; 87:3; Heb. 4:3-11
The Civil Government. We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society, and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed—except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of the kings of the earth.
Rom. 13:1-7; Deut. 16:18; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:23; Jer. 30:21; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13; I Tim. 2:1-4; Acts 5:29; Matt. 28; Dan. 3:15-18; Dan. 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20; Matt. 23:10; Rom. 14:4; Rev. 19:16; Ps.72:11; Ps. 2; Rom. 14:9-13
The Righteous and the Wicked. We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem, while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse. This distinction holds among men both in and after death.
Mal. 3:18; Prov. 12:26; Isa. 5:20; Gen. 18:23; Jer. 15:19; Acts 10:34-35; Rom. 1:17; Rom. 6:16, 18, 22; Rom. 7:6; I John 2:29; 3:7; I Cor. 11:32; Prov. 11:31; I Peter 4:17-18; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; John 3:36; Isa. 57:21; Ps. 10:4; Isa. 55:6-7; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; John 8:21-24; Prov. 10:24; Luke 12:4-5; 9:23-26; Eccl. 3:17; Matt. 7:13-14
The World to Come. We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the Last Day Christ will descend from heaven and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
I Peter 4:7; I Cor. 7:29-31; Heb. 1:10-12; Matt. 24:35; I John 2:17; Matt. 13:39-40; 28:20; II Peter 3:3-13; Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Heb. 9:28; Acts 3:21; I Thess 4:13-18; 5:1-11; Acts 24:15; I Cor. 15:12-58; Luke 14:14; Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; John 6:40; 11:25-26; II Tim. 1:10; Acts 10:42; Matt. 13:37-43, 49; 24:30- 31; 25:31-46; Rev. 22:11; I Cor. 6:9-10; Mark 9:43-48; II Peter 2:9; Jude 7; Phil. 3:19; Rom. 6:23; II Cor. 5:10-11; John 4:36; II Cor. 4:18; Rom. 3:5-6; II Thess. 1:6-12: Heb. 6:1-2; I Cor. 4:5; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:2-16; Rev. 20:11-12; I John 2:28; I John 4:17; II Peter 3:11-12