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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

“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard…” Hebrews 2:1

Verse one presents the first of five admonitions given to us in the book of Hebrews. Note that Paul says “we ought to give” and “we have heard!” Paul includes himself as needing this exhortation. In Hebrews 2 we find the pronoun “we” and “us” eight times. He begins Chapter three with: “Wherefore holy brethren…”

Therefore, he is speaking to believers in verse three when he asks, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” He did not say if we reject, but rather, if we neglect. He is not dealing with lost sinners in this verse - he is speaking about believers “neglecting” so great salvation. You and I need to thank the Lord every day for the great salvation that we have in Christ. Let’s be very careful not to allow these blessed truths to “slip” (vs.1) from us.

We sing the hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and well we should. Robert Robinson, author of the hymn, had been saved under the preaching of George Whitfield. He grew in the Lord and eventually became a pastor with a fruitful ministry. But then, he began to neglect spiritual things. The result? He lacked peace in his soul, resigned the pastorate and began to travel. On one of his trips he met a spiritual lady and she asked him about a particular hymn. “What do you think of this hymn?” He looked at it - it was the hymn that he had written. The Holy Spirit was speaking to him, and with a broken spirit and heart he told her that he was the one who had written those very words, and that he had gotten far away from the Lord. The woman then quoted from the second line of the hymn, “Streams of mercy never ceasing, calls for songs of loudest praise…” And then she told him, “You know, these streams of mercy are still flowing.” Robert Robinson was broken that day, and restored back into fellowship.

We must tell it like it is - it is easy to neglect - so many believers do. Please, today as you read this, examine your heart. Are you letting the blessings “slip?” Are you neglecting spiritual truth and blessing by not putting them into consistent action?

“Come thou fount of every blessing, Tune MY heart to sing thy grace;…”

 


Missionary of the Month

Joaquin & Paqui Lopez
Spain