- Christ established the church during his ministry; he was its head and gave it his promise of perpetuity and blessings (Matt. 16:18; 18:17; 28:20; I Cor. 12:28; Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18).
- The church was a local body of baptized believers (John 4:1; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:47; 5:24; 14:23; 15:41; Rom. 16:16; Rev. 1:4).
- Each church governed its own affairs under the leadership of the Spirit; it received members, withdrew fellowship from the disorderly, and restored to fellowship those who repented (Matt. 18:17; I Cor. 5:3-5; Acts 15:22; II Cor. 8:19; Rom. 14:1; II Thess. 3:6; Gal. 6:1).
- To the church, Christ gave the ordinances and the Great Commission, and through it He is to be glorified (Matt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-26; Eph. 3:21).
- Salvation is given by God in grace, apart from human works or merit (Eph. 1:6-7; 2:8-9; II Tim. 1:9; Rom. 3:24; 5:20-21; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
- It is received by man through repentance and faith. Repentance is absolutely necessary (Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Mark 6:12; Luke 13:3, 15;7: Acts 2:38; 3:19, 17:30; 20:21, 26:20; Rom. 2:4; II Cor. 7:10; 2Peter 3:9). Faith is absolutely necessary (John 1:11-13; 3:16-18, 36; 6:28-29; Acts 10:43; 16:30;). This is not just assent of the mind but must be from the heart. Repentance and faith are used together in several places in the Scriptures (Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Heb. 6:1; Matt. 21:32).
- What is God’s plan of salvation? Many different things are being preached. People often say, “I don’t know what to believe. One preacher tells me one thing about how to be saved and another tells me something different. How can I know which one is preaching the truth?” The test is based on the word “whosoever”. Revelation 22:17 tells us that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. John 3:16 says, “Whosoever shall believeth in him have everlasting life”. These passages plainly teach that God’s plan of salvation will reach whosoever.
The Ordinances of the Baptist Church
- Our Lord Jesus submitted Himself to the same in Matthew 3:13 ff., with the statement made to John the Baptist, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
- It was mandated by the Lord in His Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
2. The Lord’s Supper
- Our Lord ordained its observance when He said, “. . .Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19) and is remembered of the Apostle Paul as having said the same, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me. . . This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me” (I Corinthians 11:24:25)
Security of the Believer
- God promises and gives eternal life (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:47; I John 2:25; Titus 1:2).
- The believer has everlasting life (John 3:18, 36; 5:24; 6:47; 10:27-28; I John 5:13).
- Christians do not keep themselves (I Peter 1:3-6; Jude 24-25; John 10:28).
- The Christians is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). If the devil could get us, he could get all.
- We are born the children of God, and we cannot be unborn (John 3:5).
- Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom. 8:35-39).
- When Christians sin, God chastises them, and keeps them (Heb. 5-11; Ps. 89:30-36).
- Sins of Christians are not charged to them, so they do not have to die for them (Rom. 4:7-8).