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Overview and Development of the 1689 Confession of Faith

Chapt.
1-8 Division 1: The foundations of Christian thought
1 Unit 1 — The Scriptures
2-3 Unit 2 — God
2 I. God’s nature
3 II. God’s decree
4-6 Unit 3 — The Original Creation
4 I. Creation
5 II. Providence
6 III. Sin
7 Unit 4 — God’s Covenant
8 Unit 5 — Christ’s Person and Work
9-20 Division 2: Experimental religion: salvation applied
9 Unit 1 — The Setting — Free Will
10-18 Unit 2 — The Blessings and Graces
10-13 I. The blessings God bestows
10 A. Effectual calling
11 B. Justification
12 C. Adoption
13 D. Sanctification
14-18 II. The graces man exercises
14 A. Faith
15 B. Repentance
16 C. Good works
17 D. Perseverance
18 E. Assurance
19-20 Unit 3 — The Means
19 I. God’s law
20 II. God’s gospel
21-30 Division 3: The divine institutions
21 Unit 1 — Liberty of Conscience
22-23 Unit 2 — Religious Worship
22 I. Overview of religious worship
23 II. Religious vows
24 Unit 3 — Civil Government
25 Unit 4 — Marriage
26-30 Unit 5 — The Church
26 I. Overview of the church
27 II. The fellowship of the church
28-30 III. The sacraments of the church
31-32 Division 4: The world to come
31 Unit 1 — The Intermediate and Resurrection State
32 Unit 2 — The Final Judgement

This outline was developed by Pastor Greg Nichols (Grand Rapids) and taken from: Samuel E. Waldron, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, (Evangelical Press, 1989), p433-434. Used by permission.

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