What Does A 'Baptist' Believe?

One GOD

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal tribune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

(John 14:7–16; Genesis 1:11:26–273:22Psalm 90:2Isaiah 40:28–29Matthew 28:191 Peter 1:22 Corinthians 13:14)

Jesus Christ, God’s Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.

(Matthew 1:22–23Isaiah 9:653:5–6John 1:1–514:10–30Hebrews 4:14–151 Corinthians 15:3–4Romans 1:3–4Acts 1:9–111 Timothy 6:14–15Titus 2:13)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration..

(2 Corinthians 3:17John 16:7–1314:16–17Acts 1:81 Corinthians 2:123:16Ephesians 1:135:25Galatians 5:25)

The Bible

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.

(Psalm 119:105Romans 15:42 Peter 1:20–212 Timothy 3:16).

Created Man’s Need for God

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin.Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God

(Genesis 1:27Psalm 8:3–6Isaiah 53:659:1–2Romans 3:23)

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

(Romans 6:23Ephesians 2:8–9John 14:61:12Titus 3:5Galatians 3:26Romans 5:1)

Baptism

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

(Matthew 3:15–17Acts 2:38)

Believer’s Access to God

Each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Hebrews 4:14–167:19Ephesians 3:12)

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.

(Matthew 16:18Acts 20:27–291 Corinthians 12:27–29Ephesians 1:21–233:20–224:1–35:21–27Colossians 1:17–19)

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