Prayer Book Baptist  
Prayer Book Baptist  = The Book of Common Prayer  + Baptist 1689  LCF  

 Welcome!  The reason for this website is that there seems to be an emptiness, a shallowness, and a lack of understanding in many people who say that they are Christians, or believe in Christianity.  This does not mean everyone reading this is a non-believer, or an apostate.  Some folks are brand new to Christianity and haven't had much time to grow. Others have heard about Jesus Christ since they went to Sunday School as a child. With so many groups out there and various media outlets and retail stores selling things that are "Christian", it can be a bit difficult to follow The Lord without getting somewhat confused.

  Maybe you are one of the people who are sure in their heart (and hopefully mind) that there must be more to Christianity than key chains and pencils  and oven mitts that say "Jesus loves you!". More than clapping your hands while a band performs, or some entertainment program with much electronics but no teaching, or preaching. It is my conviction that modern day Christians need to be made aware of good, solid printed items that have stood the test of time and have helped people to Worship The God who Created us.  Most of you reading this own a Bible, or have one within reach of you. That should be our primary source of Faith and Practice. There are some other items that will help all of us to have some good insights into the Deep things of The Lord God, which are good for us to think on, and help us to get a correct view of The God who said: "Let there be light, and there was Light." 
 
 The Book of Common Prayer started in England in the 1500's , and is full of God-honoring and Worshipful language. It has Prayers for many situations, and Old and New Testament readings, and The Litany, and creeds , and other helpful items. Normally on this site the 1928 American Edition will be used, but the 1662 is still the official B.C.P. in England. They are timeless in the words they use and the deep reverence they convey. The other thing used here on this site will be the 1689 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith. It is more of a Doctrinal booklet , rather than a Worship manual/Order of Church service like the B.C.P. is.  The Anglican/Episcopal Church and the Book of Common Prayer practice/teach infant baptism (sprinkling), whereas the Baptist Confession of Faith teaches Baptism of people that have said/professed they believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. The other big difference is that the B.C.P. teaches a "Bishop" or Episcopal" form of church government, and the Baptists hold to an Independent form of church government.  There will be references also to groups/churches/teachers/preachers such as Free Presbyterians, and other good sources of Doctrine, Theology, and God-honoring worship.  
 
 In case you were wondering why it is called "Common" Prayer... That means it was meant for the average everyday person who lived in England. As you will see, this is not common as we think of nowadays, but it is exceptionally beautiful language which will get us thinking properly about our Maker.  When we humans have a Biblical understanding of God Almighty, then we will think correctly, and worship Him. Many times in the Holy Scriptures we read that The Creator wants our praise and adoration.  Sometimes people forget, or have never been taught, that we are the creatures. God does not exist for us. The Creator is not like a hotel bell-boy or house maid. Psalm 8 verse 1, and Psalm 99 verse 1, give us good ideas of what our response to Him should be. 

 Other things which you will find on various pages will be links to things like Stained Glass Windows. Also some nice old Churches ---usually from the British Isles, made with stone and some brick- not stucco and wallboard. Links to Creeds and some other websites with solid Theology. Links to Books, and Hymns. These, all taken together and enjoyed and thought upon will (hopefully) help us to grow in our walk, and deepen our reverence as we read in:   Revelation 4 verse 8.  Amen.

  

THE LITANY. O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth; Have mercy upon us. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world; Have mercy upon us. O God the Holy Ghost, Sanctifier of the faithful; Have mercy upon us. .... (Partial) 
 
 A COLLECT (Group Prayer) Almighty God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in thy Son's Name; We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us who have now made our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Click on these links if you like stained glass windows.  http://www.stthomascamdenme.org/stainedglas
 
http://trinitytorrington.org/windows.html

Both churches are Episcopal USA and often the current practices and teaching of that denomination are not in accord with the Holy Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Not all have gone liberal. The Churches look great and the windows are wonderful works of art which are depictions of Scripture. Enjoy!                                   

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