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Titusville, FL 32780

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Baptist Distinctives


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

“Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” - Matthew 26:38,39

The absolute resignation of the Lord to the Father’s will shines out in all these closing experiences, but especially in the Garden of Gethsemane. While the horror of becoming the great sin offering, being made sin for us, Who knew no sin, overwhelmed his humanity, yet He was perfectly subject to the divine will and had no thoughts of turning aside. There are depths of truth here that our minds can never fathom! If He could have contemplated all that was involved in the sacrifice of the cross with calmness, He would not have been the Perfect Man that He was. But knowing it all and realizing there was no other way by which He could be the captain of our salvation (Heb.2:10), He faced the ordeal in order that God might be glorified, and sinful men saved.

It was not in Gethsemane, but on Calvary, that the sin question was settled and payment in full was made for sin for each one of us. However, the agony in the garden was a fit prelude to the gross darkness of the cross. In order to make propitiation for our sin, it was necessary that the Substitute be a man, but more than a man; otherwise His sacrifice could not have been of sufficient value to be a ransom for all. He must be a man on whom death and judgment had no claim; therefore one who had been tested and proven to be absolutely sinless - one who had never violated God’s holy law in thought, word, or deed! But this very sinlessness of Jesus explains the suffering He thought to endure of being made sin for each one of us. How each of us should Praise His Holy Name!!!
- Adapted from The Continual Burnt Offering, Ironside

Missionary of the Month

Kelly Love
Sao Paulo,