*It serves and aids us as we continue to grow in our knowledge of the Word of God.
*That it further informs us of the beautiful vision of the Christian life that it lays out (means of grace, covenantal grace, the moral law as a guide, a 1 in 7 rhythm of work and rest).
*It further demonstrates "who we are" as new believers consider joining us.
*It serves as a guide as we disciple new believers (Matt 28:18-20).
*It connects us in our appreciation of the Reformation, and the early English Particular Baptists specifically.
*It serves as a marker for reference as our people read and study theology.
*It helps us to stay true to the truths it contains, and to not wander from those truths. That it helps us to be even more careful to avoid theological drift.
*It helps us think about communion with other churches, near and far.
*Its pastorally written paragraphs, (14.3, 18.1-4 for instance) serve as a rich balm for our people as they are tried in this world.
*It helps us to continue to value historical theology, and time-tested confessional truths, vs. seeking to be so 'relevant' that we minimize doctrine.
*It helps us to explain that we have a robust doctrine of covenant theology, of baptism, of ecclesiology, of the ordinary means of grace and that, while aided by our other non-Baptist Reformed brethren, we too are children of the Reformation by God's grace, and have a robust theology.
*It serves many Baptists who come through our doors in helping them see their own roots, and that is helps to "bring them back" to our own Baptist roots.
*It serves non-Baptists who come in to see that we are "of" the Reformation and the Puritans.
*That the Gospel proclamation of our body is emboldened, and enriched as we say more about the gospel than say less...
*That God is glorified as we revel in Who He is....
Yes, I think it was important what we did yesterday. I am grateful for a body willing to make this Confession its own...