What Baptists Believe and Why They Believe It
I am a baptist first because Baptists believe the whole Bible and accept nothing but the Bible as their guide in matters of faith and practice (Matt 28: 18-20; Luke 6: 46; II Tim. 3: 15-17).
I am a Baptist because Baptists believe in One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism (Eph.4:5).
I am a Baptist because Baptists believe that salvation is wholly of God (John 1: 12-13), that we are saved by grace and not of works (Eph. 2:8,9) and that the two conditions of salvation are Repentance and Faith (Luke 13:3; John 3: 15-16).
I am a Baptist because Baptists believe in a regenerated membership (John 3:3; Acts 2: 41, 47).
I am a Baptist because The Baptist Church is the only church that has a Spiritual head and founder - Christ is its only head and He has founded only one church (Matt. 16: 18; Col. 1:18).
I am a Baptist because Christ the head of the Church, the only begotten Son of God, both accepted and requested baptism at the hand of John the Baptist preacher (Matt. 3: 13-15) who was prepared in heaven (Luke 1:44) for this sublime task and sent from God (John 1: 6).
I am a Baptist because Baptist promote the rights of the individual. 1.) We may seek God for ourselves ( Acts 17:27). 2.) Everyone must repent for himself (Acts 17: 30). 3.) Everyone must confess for himself (Rom. 10: 9,10). 4.) Everyone must report for God for himself (Rom. 14:11, 12).
I am a Baptist because Baptist Ministers (whether called Pastors or Bishops) are equal in rank and are never to exercise authority over one another (Mark 10: 42-44), never to be called Master, Father or Pope (Matt. 23: 8-12)..
I am a Baptist because Baptists accept as church ordinances only those things ordered by Jesus Christ which symbolize the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, namely-- baptism and the Lord's Supper (Rom 6: 3-5; 1Cor. 11:23-26). That the quotation "Let a man examine himself and so let him eat ..." is a statement addressed to a Church and has no reference to non-Christians and non-church members (1 Cor. 11:28).
I am a Baptist because Baptists believe that the salvation of God is eternal (John 3: 14-18; 10: 28-31; Rom. 8:1, 33-39; Heb. 11: 13, 32, 33).
I am a Baptist because Baptists believe in the second coming of Christ (Acts I:II). The immortality of the human soul (Gen. 2: 7; 1 Cor. 15: 53-55). The resurrection of the body (1 Cor. 15:44). The final judgment of a just God (Matt. 25: 41-46). And the never-ending punishment of sinners and the eternal bliss of the saints (Matt. 25: 34-46).