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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

“ I know that, whatsoever
God doeth, it shall be
for ever: nothing can be
put to it, nor any thing
taken from it: and God
doeth it, that men should
fear before him.” -
Ecclesiastes 3:14

GOD’S Word to us, His
children through faith
apart from all works, is
not “Yea” and “Nay,” but
Yea, in Christ Jesus.

When He promises and
declares, nothing can
change His purpose. He
“...will not call back
His words…” (Isa. 31:2).

To all who trust Him as
Savior from sin He gives
salvation and eternal
life and He has declared
that such shall never
perish, neither shall
they ever be plucked out
of His hand (John 10:28).

The believer is as secure
as God Himself can make
him. He is justified from
all things, the
recipient of a new
nature, indwelt by the
Holy Ghost, and now has a
life that can never
perish, and is set apart
to God for eternity in
all the value of the
finished work of Christ
Himself.

Our text in this devotion
reinforces that fact
that what God said is for
ever and that He had to
preserve it from change -
whether adding to or
taking away from the
finality of His Word to
man.

Consider familiar
passages in light of
Eccl.3:14:
“Every word of God is
pure: he is a shield unto
them that put their
trust in him. Add thou
not unto his words, lest
he reprove thee, and thou
be found a liar.”

“All scripture is given
by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for
instruction in
righteousness: That the
man of God may be
perfect, throughly
furnished unto all good
works.” (Proverbs 30:5,6/
II Tim.3:16,17)

Your KJV in the English
language is that Book:
Depend on every word!

Missionary of the Month

Dan & Candy Tribuzio

Australia