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Baptist By Conviction

A Biblical description and defense of the distinctives of the Baptist denomination.
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Joshua Margerison

on 28 November 2013

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Baptist By Conviction
What is a Denomination?
“I just believe in being a Christian—
I don't want to be part
of a denomination."
What a Denomination is not:
It is not a religious organization.
It is not a recognizable name.
It is not a relic of the past.
It is not a reason for division.
It is not disposable.
What a Denomination is:
Denomination describes a set of beliefs and practices held in common.
Denominations may develop religious organizations.
Denominational titles are profitable to Christianity.
Watchtower Denomination
Presbyterian Denomination
Christian Science Denomination
Catholic Denomination
Seventh Day Adventist Denomination
Mormon Denomination
believes that the pope is the head of the church
believes that salvation is through the church
believes that grace is conferred by the church
believes that Mary is our mediatrix with the Father
believes that the Book of Mormon is equal to and in agreement with the Bible
believes that salvation and heaven is earned through working for the church
believes that God was once a man and man can become a god
believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God
believes that God, Who is not a trinity, has revealed Himself by no name but "Jehovah"
believes that the Watchtower and Tract Society is authoritative on doctrine
believes that there is no hell for the lost
believes that Jesus was created
believes that matter and evil do not exist
believes that heaven is a state of mind
believes that sickness is imagined
believes that Jesus was a prophet
believes in the observance of select Old Testament rituals
believes in the inspiriation of the writings of Ellen G White
believes in the gift of prophecy for the SDA church
believes in Sunday worship is a sign of apostasy
believes in the baptism of infants
believes in the tenants of Calvanism
believes in elder rule as church polity
believes in baptism by sprinkling
Denominations indicate important beliefs and characteristics.
(whether they be true or false)
Foursquare Denomination
Calvary Chapel Denomination
believes that the sign gifts should be emphasized within the church
believes that men and women alike can pastor and preach in the church.
believes in an apostolic form of church government, in which the church is governed by leaders of the organization.
believes in bishop rule, or an episcopal form of church government
believes that the sign gifts are still relevant in the church today
believes that verse-by-verse teaching should be the teaching program of the church
We are not Baptist because of our loyalty to the name, but because we believe that the Baptist distinctives are loyal to the Bible.
1Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
iblical Authority
B
utonomy of the Local Church
A
riesthood of the Believers
P
wo Offices Within the Church
T
ndividual Soul Liberty
I
aved Baptized Church Membership
S
wo Ordinances of the Church
T
eparation of Church and State
2Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
1Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
2Peter 1:21
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Inspired of God
Effective & Powerful
Authoritative for the Church
Men Used as Pens
Colossians 1:18
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Christ is Head of the Church
Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
The Church Made Major Decisions by General Consensus
The Church Followed Its Own Leadership Under Christ
1Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
1Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
The Church is Made up of Priests
We are Called to be Priests
1Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
We have the direct Access of a Priest
Hebrews 10:19 ¶ Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
We have no Mediator but Jesus
1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
"Elder" Can Refer to a Bishop (Pastor)
Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
... 7 For a bishop must be ...
A Bishop (Pastor) has Specific Qualifications
Titus 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
A Deacon has Specific Qualifications
1Timothy 3:10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Deacons and Pastors have Specific Responsibilities
Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Each Individual is Accountable to God
Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
An Individual Should Act on His own Convictions
1Corinthians 10:29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
Membership Was Limited To Those Who Had Been Saved
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Baptism Was A Prerequisite for Membership
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Jesus Provided for Maintaining a Regenerate Governing Body
Matthew 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Salvation Was A Prerequisite for Baptism
Acts 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
The Church is Commanded to Baptize Converts
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Baptism is Symbolic
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
The Church is Commanded to Observe Communion
Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Communion is Symbolic
1Corinthians 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
The Church has Distinct Responsibilities
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The State has Distinct Responsibilities
Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
We Recognize the Authority of the State and that of the Church
Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.
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