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Baptist Distinctives

Background:

Baptist churches are unique when compared with all other Protestant churches which, with the exception of the Mennonites, can trace their history back only to the Reformation. Baptist history goes back to apostolic days. Churches holding present day Baptist distinctives have been active since 27 A.D. In the first 15 Centuries of this age they were called by many names, but they were given the name Anabaptists by the Reformers; and later it was shortened to Baptists. The many millions of martyrs who died under the Roman Emperors and later, during the Dark Ages under the Roman Catholic Church, attended the same type of churches as those today are called Baptists.

Baptist doctrine, being New Testament truth, has remained essentially the same from the beginning. The doctrinal statement of this church is, except for some rewording and the Pre-Millennial revision, the same as the old New Hampshire Confession of Faith. Baptists hold the same fundamental doctrines as other major denominations, but there are some, all of which are held only by Baptist Churches, and these are known as "Baptist Distinctives".


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B iblical Authority Baptists believe that Bible is the only and the sufficient authority for what to believe and what to practice.

2 Tim 3:16-17 

A utonomy of the Local Church Each local church is sovereign in itself and cannot be controlled by any board, hierarchical system or another church. 1 Tim 3:15
P riesthood of Believers Every "born-again" believer may pray without a human intercessor directly to God through Jesus Christ as High Priest. Rev 1:5-6
T wo Ordinances (Baptism and The Lord's Table) Believer's baptism for identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

The Lord's Table is a memorial service involving worship, fellowship and self examination.  The elements of the service (bread and cup) are only symbolic of the body and blood of Christ.

Acts 2:41-42
I ndividual Soul Liberty Every man has the right to interpret the Scriptures, to hold and to profess and to worship as he believes the Bible teaches.  These things are not to be forced upon any man. 1 John 2:27
S aved Church Membership The membership of a New Testament local church consists of only those who have openly confessed Jesus Christ as Savior and demonstrated a willingness to obey the teachings of the Bible and agree to the doctrine and standards of the local church. Acts 2:42,47
T wo Offices (Pastors and Deacons) The offices of pastor and deacon are the only Bible recognized offices in the local church.  both are chosen by the congregation.  Other church offices are necessary but must not be equated with these two. Phil 1:1
S eparation of Church and State Every believer should respect, sustain and obey civil authority so long as is does not cause violation to conscience or Scriptural convictions.  there should be no organic union of church and state, but the state should protect, not dominate or interfere with, the affairs of the church. Matt 22:21


 


Monthly Devotion

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
“They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” - Lamentations 3:22-23

It is fascinating to watch and quite strange how special days cause us to act or react in different ways than what we do the other parts of the year. We have entered a new calendar year: many spend time on reflecting what was or wasn’t accomplished in the past and make various types of promises to be a different type of people for this ‘new’ year. It seems to be the time for setting goals we hope to achieve.

If you read the scriptures above you will notice that there is a pause of every morning to reflect on Someone and something far more glorious and divine than the once a year mechanical aspirations to accomplish what we say we will set out to do - The mercies of the LORD! How many days did last year include? That’s how many days His mercies came to us each morning, because GREAT IS HIS FAITHFULNESS! Whatever yesterday held for us individually, whatever they held for us as a local church- today, and every morning His mercies to us are not refurbished, but brand new. Unwrapped, Bright, All Sufficient for our every need, all the day, all the night.

We have such a wonderful God, a Living Savior, and He is interested in every aspect of every action, inaction or thought. There is nothing that His mercy cannot meet for you. There should be therefore, no despair or let down. Romans 8:37, correctly says:
“ . . . We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” I pray that we are as persuaded as Paul was in the remaining two verses of chapter eight. It is medicine for our souls and strength to carry forth for Him Who loved us!


Missionary of the Month

Eric & Lisa Kreh
Church Planting Netherlands