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Baptist Beliefs: Election

For centuries, Baptist Confessions of Faith have entitled their understanding of election as “God’s Purpose of Grace.” In fact, these historic confessions of faith are not only in agreement, but they also have used nearly the exact wording of that article for almost two centuries. Article V of the BF&M 2000 (like Article V—1963 BF&M; Article X—1925 BF&M; Article V—1833 New Hampshire Confession) states that, “Election is...

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Baptist Beliefs: The Cross

The cross is the historic symbol of the Christian Faith. Crosses are seen on churches, in jewelry, and in many other materials. They are made by human hands, and have no intrinsic power, but they are no ordinary symbol for the Christian. The cross has inspired many to be faithful to God. We know that not everyone who looks at a cross understands the true meaning of the Cross of Christ. We discover the meaning of the cross in the...

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Baptist Beliefs: Salvation

Hymms and songs can often communicate clearly and powerfully our Christian beliefs and experience. There is an example of a hymn that is well known to many of us. The pastor who wrote this historic hymn was once a slave-ship captain. While he was a pastor he became blind. The old church building where he once pastored goes unnoticed by many people who walk and travel the busy streets of London today. Yet a powerful message rang forth...

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Baptist Beliefs: Created male and female with a divine purpose

We human beings are most preoccupied with ourselves. Our efforts to define ourselves are numerous. Today, defining issues of gender and sexuality are nothing short of consuming. Of great significance is the question of whether are we the mere product of a random Darwinian process, or do we have a soul, possess an innate spiritual capacity, and have unique and special value which is bestowed by a Creator? Every era poses new questions...

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Baptist Beliefs: Why did Jesus come?

Some have a wrong understanding of why Jesus came. Some suggest He came to provide human beings with a great example of how to live. While Jesus is a perfect example, He did not need to be preexistent, nor God, to accomplish this. Jesus did provide a wonderful example for all people on how to live and care for others, but neither Jesus, nor the Scriptures, presents this as the reason He came. Others suggest Jesus came to bring justice...

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Baptist beliefs: The Trinity

We often begin explaining the Trinity by creating human or physical analogies. Regretably, they inevitably fall short of a faithful biblical explanation. While these analogies have been somewhat helpful, they risk leaving the listener thinking mostly about the ideas communicated by the analogy or the analogy itself in place of the compelling truths of the Bible on the Trinity.  Most importantly, the Scriptures are the place to begin...

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