Baptist Articles of Faith: Teaching Three

Introduction: Reflecting on the Articles of Faith and Church Covenant from time to time, as suggested by passages like Titus 3:8,is good practice. In this teaching, we will look at Articles Five and Six.

Body:
Read Article 5: Of Justification

Essentially we believe that believers are declared righteous or justified. Our justification is based on Jesus’ imputed righteousness, not our actually righteousness. We are recipients of great peace, favor of God, and all needed blessings because of our justification.

Teaching Points –
- Romans 5:1-2,9; 4:5 underscores our being declared righteous or being justified by our faith in Jesus Christ. Our justification leads to our peace with God. This is as opposed to our being His sinful enemies. We are urged to rejoice in the hope of God’s glory.

Let’s live as if we appreciate being justified, being at peace with God, and having hope in God’s glory. This kind of living should be noted for hopefulness, rejoicing, peace of mind, confidence, humility, and obedience.

- Matthew 6:33 teaches that God’s righteousness leads to our rich blessings. I Corinthians 2:9 teaches that God has already prepared great things for those who love Him. Love is demonstrated by obedience, according to John 14:15. Hebrews 11:6 further underscores blessings for those who have enough faith to obey God’s Word.

There is nothing that we need that God cannot supply to those He has already justified. “Nothing” includes money, health, relationships, and even communal well-being. Let’s demonstrate our love and appreciation for God’s justification by striving to obey His commands for us to love Him, ourselves, and others.

In summary, we believe sinful believers are declared righteous or justified by our faith in Jesus’ death payment for our sins. We should strive to live obedient lives, as our way of demonstrating love and appreciation.

Read Article 6: Of the Freeness of Salvation
Essentially, our Articles of Faith teach and we believe that the Gospel can save anyone who receives it. The unforgiveable sin is a refusal to accept Christ as one’s savior.

Teaching Points –
- John 3:16 teaches that God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son. The world includes all of humanity – Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, rich, poor, working class, middleclass, gay, straight, Muslims, atheists, criminal, non-criminal, and so on.

Whoever believes on Christ shall not perish but shall have eternal life. Let's guard against thinking that God only loves people like us. God loves us and everyone else in the world.

- John 5:40 teaches that there are even religious people who hear but don’t receive the gospel. This crowd is Hell bound because they cannot live right enough to satisfy what God requires for their sins. Without Jesus’ payment, we have to pay it ourselves. If we could have paid it then the Father would not have put His Son through Calvary.

And then John 3:19 teaches that even though God has sent the light of Jesus Christ, some people love darkness because of their addiction and love of sin. Some people are not as ignorant as they are in love with sin.

Let’s make sure we communicate that non-acceptance leaves one Hell bound, not one’s other sins. However, a love of sin will nurture our non-acceptance of the savior.

In summary, we believe that the gospel will save who ever accepts it. However, we also believe there are too many who will not accepted it, often because of their love of sin.

Conclusion: Let’s work on remembering, understanding, and living by our Baptist Articles of Faith. Let’s be mindful of our justification and the freeness of salvation. God has much for those who obey His will.

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