WHAT IS A BAPTIST?

WHAT IS A BAPTIST?

A couple of weeks ago, I preached on “The Seven Baptist Distinctives.”

Here they are, shown for you, in the event you ever wondered what a Baptist was or is.

Sometimes you may see the Baptist distinctives shown by way of an acrostic such as the beginning of the one here:

B= Born again through God’s Word

A= Accepting the Bible as God’s Word

P= Priesthood of all Believers

T= Two Ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

You get the idea.

This is all right but the listing I have given below is better and more to the point.

Before I show you the list of Baptist Distinctives together with Scripture references, let me say that throughout history there have been churches which have held to some or even all of the seven convictions I am listing, but not all that many. Baptists are not the only ones who “have it right” and we understand that. Nevertheless, Baptist believers have suffered much to defend these Bible principles. Many have died for them. Here they are:

1. SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST

Ep 2:8-9; Ga 2:16

2. THE BIBLE THE ONLY RULE OF FAITH AND PRACTICE

II Tm 3:16-17; Mt 5:17-18

3. BELIEVER’S BAPTISM

Ac 2:41; Ac 16:14-15; Ac 16:32-34

4. A REGENERATE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

Ac 2:47; Ro 16:3

5. THE PRIESTHOOD OF EVERY BELIEVER

I Pe 2:9; Re 1:6; I Tm 1:5

6. SOUL LIBERTY (Sometimes called freedom of religion)

Ac 5:29; Ac 15:36-41

7. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

Lk 20:25; Ro 13:1-7; I Pe 2:13-14

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