Baptist Articles of Faith: Second Eight Articles with Scriptures
The Baptist Articles of Faith are the doctrinal statements of the Baptist church. Even though there are some minor modifications, almost all Baptist hold the Articles, as presented in this series, to be of foundational importance. These are articles nine through sixteen.
Article 9: Of God’s Purpose of Grace
We believe that election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which he regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners. It is perfectly consistent with the free agency of man and in no way interferes with the salvation of any individual.
It is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility. It encourages the use of means in the highest degree. (see Mt. 20:15; Ps. 24:1; I Cor. 4:7; II Tim. 1:8-9)
Article 10: Of Sanctification
We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power …
… of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. (see I Thess. 4:3; Pro. 4:18; Rom. 8:5)
Article 11: Of the Perseverance of Saints
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors;
that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (see Jn. 8:31; I Jn. 2:19; Rom. 8:28; Jn. 14:15 for support of this portion of the Articles of Faith)
Article 12: Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel
We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin;
to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy law, is one great end of the gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church. (see Rom. 7:12; 8:7-8, 2-4)
Article 13: Of a Gospel Church
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his word;
that its only Scriptural officers are bishops, or pastors, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles of Timothy and Titus. (see Acts 2:41; Mt. 28:19-20; I Tim. 3; I Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 6:1-6)
Article 14: Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life;
that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ - preceded always by solemn self-examination. (see Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:4; I Cor. 11:26-28)
Article 15: Of the Christian Sabbath
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations;
by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God. (see Acts 20:7; Lev. 23:15; Isa. 58:13-14; Heb. 10:24-25; I Jn. 1:19; I Cor. 13:13 for support of this portion of the Articles of Faith)
Article 16: Of Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed;
except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. (see Rom. 13:1-7; Acts 5:29; Ps. 72:11)
These are the second eight of twenty four Articles of Faith. The rest of the Articles of Faith are to follow.
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