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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

“But he answered and
said, It is written, man
shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word
that proceedeth out of
the mouth of God.” -
Matthew 4:4

Just as we need food to
sustain our human body,
we need spiritual food to
sustain our spiritual
being as well.

A good meal should
consist of vitamins and
minerals - and perhaps a
dessert.

Let’s look at some
biblical vitamins to take
for our spiritual well
being:

#When Anxious, take
Vitamin ‘A’- “And we
know that ALL things work
together for good to
them that love God, to
them who are the called
according to his
purpose.” (Rom.8:28)

#When Crushed, take
Vitamin ’C’ - “Casting
all your CARE upon him:
for he careth for you.”
(I Peter 5:7)

#When Discouraged, take
Vitamin “D’ - “ DRAW nigh
to God, and he will draw
nigh to you….” (James
4:8)

#When Empty, take Vitamin
‘E’ - “ENTER into his
gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with
praise: be thankful unto
him and bless his name.”
(Psalm 100:4)

#When Fearful, take
Vitamin ‘F’ - “FEAR THOU
NOT:; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I
am thy God: I will
strengthen thee; yea, I
will help thee; yea, I
will uphold thee with the
right hand of my
righteousness.”
(Isa.41:10)

#When Greedy, take
Vitamin ‘G’ - “GIVE, and
it shall be given unto
you; good measure,
pressed down, and shaken
together, and running
over, shall men give into
your bosom. For with the
same measure that ye
mete withal it shall be
measured to you again.”
(Luke 6:38)

#When Insecure, take
Vitamin ‘I’ - “I can do
all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me.”
(Phil.4:13)

#When Lonely, take
Vitamin ‘L’ - “ … and LO,
I am with you always,
even unto the end of the
world. Amen.”
(Matt.28:20)

#When Restless, take
Vitamin ‘R’ - “REST in
the LORD, and wait
patiently for him…”
(Psa.37:7)

#When Can’t Sleep, take
Vitamin ‘P’- (for
Promise). “It is vain
for you to rise up early,
to sit up late, to eat
the bread of sorrows: for
so he giveth his beloved
SLEEP.” (Psa.127:2)

-Unknown (copied)

 

Missionary of the Month

Ben & Katie Shore
Church Planting
Scotland