Baptist Articles of Faith: Teaching Five
Introduction: The Baptist Articles of Faith should be reviewed from time to time, as suggested by passages like Titus 3:8. Today, we hope to discuss articles nine and ten.
Read Article 9: Of God's Purpose of Grace
Essentially, we believe in God's election. Somehow God has elected who He will save. And at the same time, humanity has free agency.
Teaching Points –
- Matthew 20:15 supports the idea that God can do what He wants with what belongs to Him. Psalms 24:1 supports that the world and they that dwell there in belong to God. Let's work on being conscious that God can do what He chooses to do with what belongs to Him.
There will be many things that don't make sense to us. We have to simply trust that God knows what He is doing with His world.
- I Corinthians 4:7 teaches that when one realizes that all that one has been given to him or her then there is no room for boasting. The best of us would be Hell bound, if it were not for God's grace.
Therefore, we should not look down on the worst of people. Furthermore, the worst of us can be saved, by the same grace that saved the best of us. Snobbishness is so contrary to the attitude that we should have.
- I Timothy 1:8-9 supports the idea of enduring the hardships of serving the Lord, with the realization that we have been elected by God's grace. We are not called to simply sit back and allow God's election to unfold.
Nor should we expect that things will be easy. On the contrary, we are call to endure the hardships of ministry, with the realization that it is all a part of God's plan.
In summary, we believe God graciously elects whom He chooses. Such election should lead to our humble endurance of the hardships of serving the Lord.
Read Article 10: Of Sanctification
Essentially, we believe that sanctification is the process of growing in holiness. It starts in regeneration and continues until death. The Word of God, self examination, and denial are important in this process.
Teaching Points –
- I Thessalonians 4:3 teaches that it is God's will for us to be sanctified or cleansed from the practice of sin. Proverbs 4:18 alludes to the process of growing in righteousness. We should work on the process of growing to be more righteous and obedient to God's will.
- Romans 8:5 teaches the importance of keeping our minds on the Spirit. We can do this by keeping our minds on God's Word and will. Scripture memorization, meditation, real worship, Christian relationships, Christian reading and studies, and the like are steps in the right direction.
In summary, we believe that sanctification is a process of being more holy that starts in regeneration and lasts until death. We are to work on keeping our minds and actions lined up with God's Word.
Conclusion: Let’s work on remembering, understanding, and living by our Baptist Articles of Faith. God has much for those who obey His word.
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