The most important thing about any church is not its building size, worship style, or programs but what it believes about the Bible and its teaching. A Confession of Faith is a statement that lays out what a church believes. We have adopted as the fullest expression of our faith The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. The ultimate authority in all matters of faith, order, and morals is and must be the Bible alone, which truth is clearly set forth in the opening article of the Confession itself. This historic document, albeit imperfect, is an excellent summary of “the things most surely believed among us” and we find it to be an assistance in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and a means of edification in righteousness.
Down through the ages, one important way of expressing the Bible’s teaching has been by using the format of questions and answers. This is what a catechism is. Perhaps the most influential Baptist preacher of all time, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) once remarked, “I am persuaded that the use of a good Catechism in all our families will be a great safeguard against the increasing errors of the times.” The Baptist Catechism was drawn up and approved by the same group of ministers that produced The Baptist Confession of Faith in London just a few years prior.