Basic Baptist Beliefs
Length: 320 Pages
Format: Trade Paper
It is not intended for scholars; rather it is to serve as a handy guidebook for laymen as well as beginning theology students, assisting them in grasping some of the foundational beliefs that distinguish Believers in Jesus Christ. Not only can theology be a captivating study, it is essential for Christians to know what they believe.
Key Biblical doctrines are addressed that include:
- Builds a complete and solid biblical foundation for every Christ-follower.
- Thorough examination of biblical teaching about the existence of God, His revelation to us, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, sin, and redemption.
- The perfect first book for believers beginning to grapple with the great teachings of Scripture.
The purpose of this study is to meet a widely felt need for an up-to-date and concise source book on the principal teachings of the Bible from a Baptist perspective. It is not intended for scholars; rather it is to serve as a handy guidebook for laymen as well as beginning theology students, assisting them in grasping some of the foundational beliefs that distinguish Baptists. The studies are based primarily but not exclusively on the New Hampshire Confession of Faith, a summary statement of Baptist beliefs, originally drafted in 1830. After several drafting committee revisions, the New Hampshire convention board finally approved the Confession on January 15, 1833. Most modern Baptist groups in North America have adopted this Confession, or a modified version of it, and some choose to identify them as "articles of faith." The various articles of faith in this book may be distinguished from the expositions by the block surrounding them.
About the Author
Harold Rawlings (Ph.D. Louisiana Baptist University) preaches and lectures in churches, institutes, conferences, and seminars worldwide. He is especially in demand for his lecture that details the fascinating and little known history of how the English Bible came to be. Rawlings' first book, Trial By Fire, has received praise from noted religious leaders.
We live in a culture in which people increasingly base some of the most important life decisions on experience—how they feel about a certain situation or idea. "If it feels good, do it," is a commonly heard maxim. Even in the Christian realm, feelings and emotions are often elevated above doctrine in importance. Although emotions can play a powerful and positive role in the Christian's journey through life, they are far too unreliable and fluctuating to become the basis for one's belief system. The Bible does not say, "The just will live by emotions," rather, "The just will live by faith"—faith in what God has revealed in His Word. Indeed, without such faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6).
Some allege that people will no longer listen to doctrine. "It's too divisive," they complain. However, it is my contention that this is entirely false. Not only can theology be a captivating study ("the queen of the sciences," as it was once called), it is essential for Christians to know what they believe. The Apostle Peter confirmed this when he urged his readers to be prepared to give an answer(Greek apologia, a defense) to anyone who might raise questions about their Christian beliefs (1 Pet. 3:15).
Twice in his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul speaks of his yearning to defend (apologia) the gospel (Phil. 1:7, 17). We are not to be silent when challenged to defend the Faith, regardless of the risks (for Paul it meant imprisonment and torture); but if we are not acquainted with the basic tenets of Christianity, we are likely to remain speechless when confronted by skeptics, either those who have a genuine interest in Christianity, or those seeking to lead us down the slippery slope of false doctrine. Furthermore, not being acquainted with the teachings of the Bible, Christians are likely to be "blown about by every wind of doctrine," frequently changing their minds about what they believe, easily duped by some clever religious charlatan who makes a lie sound like the truth (Eph. 4:13, 14).