Baptist Articles of Faith: Teaching Four
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 article seven and eight.
Read Article 7: Of Grace in Regeneration
Essentially, we believe that when one accepts Christ by faith, one is also regenerated or born again. This rebirth leads to a change of heart and a believer’s partaking in a holy disposition. This divine nature or holy disposition is known for love and the practice of righteousness.
Teaching Points –
- John 3:3 shows the language of being born again. Ephesians 5:8-9 teaches that we are to bear fruit. A telling fruit that we should bear is that of righteousness.
Matthew 7:20 teaches that it is our fruit that tells who we really are. Let’s live like those who have been born again. Such living should be noted for obeying God, ourselves, and others.
- I John 5:1 teaches that if we have faith in Christ, we are born of God. Titus 3:5 teaches that our rebirth was by God’s grace, not our good works. As important as fruit is, let's remember that we were not reborn by our good works. Therefore, arrogance is always out of order.
In summary, we believe that by the grace of God, we have been born again and given a change of heart and divine nature that urges us to bear the fruit of righteous living.
Read Article 8: Of Repentance and Faith
Essentially, we believe that repentance and faith are non-negotiable common denominators of all believers. At some point, we must all realize that we are doomed without faith in Christ. We all must turn from our ways to accepting Him by faith.
Teaching Points –
- Acts 11:18 shows that repentance or turning from a life without Christ as savior to one where He is the savior is essential and reported across all lines of those who call on the name of the Lord. Ephesians 2:8 teaches that not only is repentance common and essential, but faith is essential.
Without faith, Hebrews 11:6, teaches we cannot please God. John 16:8 teaches that the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins and need for righteousness. Let’s be mindful that every believer must repent from a Christ-less life to a Christ as savior life by faith, in order to be saved.
Right living is the fruit of the salvation that comes from repentance and faith, not the cause of salvation. A person could have grown up in church and lived a “churchy” life, but without repentance and faith, one is still doomed.
This should make us revisit forcing children to be baptized and served communion, before they really understand what is going on.
In summary, let’s be mindful of the necessity of repentance and faith in God’s way of salvation. Nothing else will save us.
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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