Baptist Position Paper

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Baptists: Who? What? Why? Where? When?
The article states that little is known about the Baptists and what people know is often misunderstood, even some Baptists are not familiar with beliefs, practices, heritage and history. Many Baptists lack the understanding of what being a Baptist really is, this is due to a mix of denominations in a Baptist church with no background which provides little help towards the understandings of the Baptists. The article states that Baptists of the past hold to the beliefs and practices which made them a denomination, although by doing so they suffered and died for the refusal of abandoning their convictions based on the Bible, the Baptists of the past have ...view middle of the document...

The article asks: What difference does it then make and does the Baptist denomination matter? And it does matter because the Baptists have made and are still making a difference in the world.
Jesus is Lord
“Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:11. This articles main focus is towards the Lordship of Christ, as Christians we confess that Jesus is Lord and all glory goes to Him because of who He is and what He has done. The article refers to the Bible and its teachings of why Jesus is Lord, He is divine, one of three persons of the Trinity, He died on the cross for the sins of the world, He is worthy of all honor and praise, He rose from the dead, ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. The article also refers to Jesus being Lord of all creation, every person and churches. The article concludes with that the Lordship of Christ is basic Christian doctrine but for Baptists it has a special meaning such as the authority of the Bible, soul competency, religious freedom and the nature of the church.
The Authority of the Bible
This article is about the authority of the Bible, Baptists through time have insisted that the Bible is the ultimate written authority for Christian faith and practice and resist those who claim otherwise. Baptists consider it the authority because of its nature, no other writing compares to the Bible, and the Bible stands alone because it is from God and about God. The Baptist Faith & Message states that the Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Baptist believe that the Holy Spirit gave the power and inspiration to people so they could record the truth about God but also to interpret and apply it – 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The Bible is foundation for Baptist Doctrine and church polity. The article concludes with stating that Baptist can differ on doctrine and practices but use the Bible for authority, not any other source, it is written authority for faith and practice.
Baptists: Salvation by Grace through Faith alone
Baptists throughout history have proclaimed the truth that salvation is only by grace through faith. All humans have chosen to sin, to disobey God, and the consequence for sin is eternal death and we are not able to save ourselves out of sin. God, out of love for humankind has provided salvation, free salvation but it comes at a cost. Salvation cost the person who accepts the gift of eternal life his or her old way of life, a death to self. Those who are saved are saved from the punishment, power and presence of sin, saved through salvation which is not a result of good works. Faith and salvation cannot be forced, people should never be coerced into professing faith in Jesus. Baptists agree that salvation results is only from God’s grace through faith, salvation is not a human achievement but it a divine gift from God and is not by works but by faith –...

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