What is a Baptist Church?
Key Scriptures (Mt 16:18-18; 1Cor 3:11; 1Cor 1:10; Eph 4:4-6)
Why a Study Like This is Needed?
lots of different churches today – claim to be churches
the main ones
Churches – no real doctrinal stand
there are others – which are clearly cults
– becoming gods
Witnesses – working their way to heaven
day Adventists – keeping the Sabbath
Christ – baptismal regeneration
mind the fact that there are lots of different religions
– belief in the eight-fold path to nothingness
believe in Allah and his prophet Mohammed
– believe in about 2 million gods
– believe in dead ancestors
– believe in God of the Bible, but not Messiah
– the belief in almighty dirt!
any real differences?
a major push to get all churches together, under the pope – emphasize no real
differences are as broad as the day is to the night – there are only two kinds
Or it is
DO, DO, DO, and the DO it some more!
is by grace through faith
works, works, and mix it with some faith
lesson series is intended to help people who believe the Bible, know the
following four things:
really a difference between some churches?
Church simply follow the Biblical pattern for being a church, and that be
the Biblical patterns for a Church to follow?
church stand for those patterns, those distinctives, and compel other churches
to return to those Biblical patterns?
Is there a difference between some churches
answer is YES! There are clear differences
churches emphasize Jesus
emphasize Mary and the saints
emphasize architecture and art-work
emphasize the church fathers
emphasize only the Bible
about hope, and peace
about heaven and hell
current direction of the world is to bring all the churches together under one
about the Spirit
emphasize the goodness of mankind
the Bible with prayers and multi-faith fellowships
me, that is not what Jesus died for!
living in an age when those in the religious spotlight are telling us that
doctrine is not important and that it doesn't make any difference what you
believe as long as you are sincere. However, doctrine IS important to God and it
DOES make a difference what you believe. Consider 2 John 9, "Whosoever
transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.”
John's words do not
sound like he is advocating a "doctrine-less" Christianity. Many
Mormons are sincere, but they're sincerely wrong. Many Jehovah's Witnesses are
sincere, but they're sincerely wrong. Hindus are sincere, but they're sincerely
wrong. Moslems are sincere but they're sincerely wrong. Sincerity alone does not
make ones beliefs necessarily true. The degree to which something is true is how
it measures up to the Bible.
How many of you have heard of Dean Andrew Furlong ?
quote from his own web-page:
religious traditions … evolve over time and contain much diversity of thinking
and believing; they are continuously in need of re-interpretation. The historic
Creeds of Christianity, as well as the documents that came to form the New
Testament, were formulated in thought forms that belong to a very different age
eminent Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, founded in U.S.A. in the mid-eighties,
estimates that 50% of the words ascribed to Jesus … are not authentic words of
simply do not know when or how the world will end.”
view that death is a punishment for sin, lies behind his interpretation that the
death of Jesus is for the lifting of the punishment of death; this theory can
now be seen to have lost its point. Jesus' death had nothing to do with such a
matter. There is another objection to the belief that death is a punishment for
sin; which is that it makes God out to be very wrathful and vengeful, which
conflicts radically with a picture of a God of tenderness, long-suffering,
compassion and forgiveness.”
believe that Jesus would be both amazed and horrified if he were able to come
back and meet us today. As a practising Jew, he would have had no idea that a
new religion had been founded in his name, nor of the beliefs formulated about
him, nor of the forms of worship in which his name and his story figure so
he talk about HIS church, and for us to go into all the worlds then? This guy
goes on an on and is like a ship with no anchor!
How do we
determine if he is right or wrong?
matter if he is right or wrong?
salvation of the world – how is this affected?
only be saved by believing what this Book says about Jesus (Jn 6:68: Ps 19:7)
change what the Book says, or water it down, you are damning both your soul, and
the souls of those who trust you (Rev 22:18,19)
why priests, Bishops, popes, and all liberal ministers are going to receive the
greater damnation (Mt 23:14,15)
Things do change
vary even from person to person
Bible cannot change (Mt 24:35)
Testament pointed to the coming of the Messiah, and more written revelation
was already written was fixed for ever
Scripture must match what was already written (Isa 8:20)
How Christians Must React?
God expect of the hearers of the Bible (James 1:22)?
of conformity with the world – constantly adapt to the new way of thinking –
side of the cross – bearing its shame and embarrassment, and persecution
NOT to be the persecutors!
– comes by believing right
changing churches to get into a simple, Bible based church
really saved – make sure!
re-baptized if only sprinkled, or baptized by a bible-rejecting church.
pressure on other Christians to conform their lives to ONE Book, and thereby,
ONE faith (Jude 1:3)
be like everyone else today
Bible truth – know it, study it, teach it
attempt to change the truth – to calm your guilty conscience (2Cor 2:17)
I am a
Christian by the New Birth – I am a Baptist by Choice
No one is
BORN a Baptist
be born an American, and Irish, English
be forced to be a Catholic, a Protestant, etc
must choose to be a Bible believing Baptist
To be a
to be born again – simply obey the Bible
you need to decide what you are going to believe
tells us what to believe – that doesn’t guarantee that people will believe
Conclusion – What are we going to be studying over the next few weeks?
What a Church Is
What happened to Christ’s Church
What is a Baptist-Kind of Church
Baptist Distinctive Beliefs
A Look at Baptist History