What Baptists Believe Wednesdays…
- How long have you been a Baptist?
- When was the last time you read The Baptist Faith and Message?
- Have you ever?
Each Wednesday I will post a palatable amount of the BFM and related questions from The Baptist Catechism. I encourage you to think through what Baptists believe and to teach your children baptistic doctrine.
The Baptist Faith and Message
(I’m posting this for adults. It is good for all of us to remind ourselves of our core beliefs. Its not something I’m encouraging you to work through with your kids.)
I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
The Baptist Catechism
(Catechesis is a great tool that has mostly been forgotten in SBC circles. There are a variety of catechisms out there, some better than others. The Baptist Catechism is not the most kid friendly. It is here for adult consideration; however, it is a good option for older children. The fact that Jim Orrick has set the questions to music is also nice.)
Q. What is the word of God?
A. The holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the word of God, and the only certain rule of faith and obedience (2 Tim. 3:16; Eph. 2:20).
Q. May all men make use of the holy scriptures?
A. All men are not only permitted, but commanded and exhorted to read, hear, and understand the holy scriptures (John 5:38; John 17:17,18; Rev.1:3; Acts 8:30).
Q. What things are chiefly contained in the holy scriptures?
A. The holy scriptures chiefly contain what man ought to believe concerning God, and what duty God requireth of man (2 Tim. 1:13; 3:15,16).
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