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A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith

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In this extensive exposition, the author, Sam Waldron, shows that the '1689' Confession is a masterly statement of the historic Christian faith. He writes in a direct and lucid style that will help ministers, students and laymen alike to a clear understanding of this Confession and to its relevance and application to our modern age. This exposition was originally published ...more
Hardcover, Reprint, 490 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Evangelical Press (first published 1989)
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Simon Wartanian
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It was a while back that I somehow came into contact (I don't remember how, maybe through James White?) with the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith and I found myself at home in it. Though I did not study it very deeply. This time I have taken the time to go through it with Sam Waldron which I though he did a very good job.

Before beginning my study of the confession, through a brother I got into the subject of Baptist Covenant Theology, I got the work of Pascal Denault The Distinctiveness of Bapti
David Varney
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Disappointingly average exposition of what is otherwise a brilliant confession of faith.

The opening essay on the use of confessions of faith is well worth the cost of the entire book, written by R. P. Martin.

My edition of this book as published by Evangelical Press is full of spelling mistakes and basic errors that any proof reader should have picked up - random quote marks all over the place, the word modern constantly appearing as modem for example.

The actual exposition was average, lacking f
Brance Gillihan
This volume is a mixed bag of helpfulness, gaps, misunderstanding, and confusion.

First a word about the format. Each chapter in the book covers one chapter in the confession. The complete text of the confession is included in each chapter, followed by an outline of the chapter, and finally the exposition.


The outlines are very helpful. I thought he did a good job with the outlines and found them beneficial for following the train of thought of each chapter in the confession.

Besides t
Robert Mckay
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To be a Calvinist Baptist - or, for that matter, to be calvinistic and baptistic without necessarily saying one is either a Calvinist or a Baptist - is to be at least somewhat familiar with the confession of faith which the Particular Baptists of England published in 1689. This was the confession which the Particular Baptists used for another 200 years or so, and was the confession which Charles Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle adopted, and republished. It crossed the Atlantic, and because the ...more
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Only read through parts regarding covenant theology in chapter 7 and 29.

Waldron charges paedo-baptists with defining the covenant of grace "in terms of the preparatory and typical covenants of the Old Testament period" (111). Whereas, Waldron argues, the reader should define the covenant of grace and whatever "theological deductions" from it, based on the "normative revelation" as found in the New Covenant alone (110).

Waldron also argues "covenant status was conferred irrespective of spiritual
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Helpful commentary.
Nick Sommers
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent presentation of historic Christian doctrine. Demonstrates well the continuing validity of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This a very good commentary on the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. Samuel Waldron goes through each chapter and paragraph and expounds biblically on the statements in the confession, with the occasional comment about historical context.

Because of the content of the 1689 BCF itself, this book is very helpful in expounding and explaining the Reformed Christian faith in general. If anyone wanted me to recommend a couple books about Reformed Christianity, this would actually be one of them. His ex
Nathan White
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Though I've owned this book for many years, this is the first time I've read it straight through, cover to cover. It is an excellent read and a great introduction to the London Baptist Confession of 1689. However, I would call it more of a commentary on the theology in the Confession rather than a commentary on the Confession itself. There isn't much interaction with the Particular Baptists and their theology, or the historical circumstances in which they were writing. This has caused some stran ...more
Michaelpatrick Keena
This is an excellent confession & statement of the Faith. Waldron does a great commentary, bringing the contents (truths) to home even more clearly. Oh, that congregations would take advantage of this outstanding tool to instruct and edify their members.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great exposition of the confession which deserves a wide reading. I give 5 stars not because I agreed with the author at every point the way but this book stands alone as far as I can tell there are no other expositions like this. It is basically a mini systematic theology and a great one!
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. A good resource in Reformed Baptist history and theology.
Justin Miller
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was no shortage of copyediting errors. Other than that it was a good and helpful commentary on the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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Dr Sam Waldron is the academic dean of MCTS and professor of Systematic Theology. He is also one of the pastors of Heritage Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY. Dr Waldron received a B.A. from Cornerstone University, an M.Div. from Trinity Ministerial Academy, a Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1977 to 2001 he was a pastor of th ...more
“Without a confession of faith the church’s evaluation of its ministers is haphazard and shallow at best; and the church will be in great danger of laying hands on novices and heretics, all because it does not measure candidates for the ministry by a broad and deep standard.” 1 likes
“In order to fulfil its role in guarding the purity of its membership, the church must have a doctrinal standard, and that standard must be published openly, for men have a right to know by what particulars they will be judged. To require the church to exercise discipline against doctrinal error without a published confession of faith is to require it to make bricks without straw.” 1 likes
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