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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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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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