We hold as our doctrinal statement the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, but a short explanation of the significance of that document is in order:
Baptists have always been a confessional people. The faith once delivered to the saints has specific doctrinal content and Baptists, like other Protestant groups, published their beliefs so that their collective orthodoxy might become apparent to all concerned. Since 1689, the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith has been the fountain-head from which all subsequent Baptist confessions (e.g., The Philadelphia Confession, The New Hampshire Confession, The Baptist Faith and Message, etc.) have derived much of their structure and content. Because of its comprehensive summation of historic orthodox Christianity from a Baptist perspective, it is the official congregational statement of faith for West Suffolk Baptist Church.
West Suffolk Baptist Church is in the process of deriving a 1-2 page summary of the “essentials,” to be promulgated to our people and published in this space in the near future.