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Baptist Beliefs: The Christian and the social order

Jesus told the disciples that we are “the salt of the Earth” and the “light of the world” (Matt 5:13-16). He gave us the reason and the priority for this teaching in the Great Commandment, “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” and the second command that “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:37-39). Our efforts to obey these commands should lead us to active...

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Baptist Beliefs: Cooperation

Baptists hold to voluntary cooperation with others for the proclamation of a common Message and the fulfillment of a common Mission. Their message is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and, in a more comprehensive way, the Christian Faith or, as Jude 3 states, “the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” Their mission is the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ and all that this mission entails. They...

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Baptist Beliefs: Religious liberty

Religious liberty is truly a Baptist distinctive. Baptists were instrumental in the inclusion of the religious liberty requirements in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ironically, the greatest violation of human rights in the world today is quite likely the persecution and violation of religious liberty of Christians. There are also attacks on religious liberty in the U.S. The Bible provides a basis for religious liberty....

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Baptist Beliefs: Tragedy and hope in Oklahoma

Soon, the news coverage of Moore will be gone. Caring people from out of state will return home, and even Oklahomans will return to their lives before they were so dramatically affected May 19 in Shawnee and May 20 in Moore. We are grateful for their every caring act. People in Oklahoma and across our nation are asking “why” or attempting to explain the “why” of this terrible damage and loss of life caused by a mammoth tornado....

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Baptist Beliefs: Assurance of Salvation and the Christian Life

“Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh what a foretaste of glory divine, Heir of salvation…” Baptists have resounded this refrain for many years. It brings comfort to their souls and reflects their confidence that this is God’s promise. The answers to two questions help explain this belief: When I become a Christian, how do I have the assurance that I will always be a Christian; and what is the way of life that demonstrates I am a...

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