The Baptist Distinctives

8 Bible Truths That Make All The Difference

We live in a time when people reject labels of all kinds. Why is it important to be a Baptist? Why not drop the name and be a non-denominational church? Why does it matter what Christian group with which you identify?

Labels are useful. Imagine how foolish it would be if you went to the canned food aisle at the grocery store and there were no labels. Perhaps there were hundreds of cans marked “Beans.” Are they green beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, or lentils? Are the beans seasoned or unseasoned? No one would know unless they bought the can, took it home and opened it.

Furthermore, how foolish would it be if every restaurant in the world was generically named? Before you enter a restaurant, you want to know if they serve Italian, Mexican, American, Indian, or Chinese. Labels help us see at a glance what kind of food we can expect to find inside the restaurant.

We rely on labels daily to tell us what to expect. They are necessary when it comes to churches as well. Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, Universalist Unitarian, Nazarene, Charismatic, etc. are more than archaic labels. Each one signals a body of doctrine and philosophy that is vastly different from one another. Furthermore, a non-denominational church can be any one of these! How confusing! These various churches can’t all be right.

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34 Activities of the Holy Spirit

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The Believer’s most powerful ally is the Holy Spirit Who dwells within.  Do you know what He is trying to accomplish in your life? Do you know what He wants to do to help you?  Are you allowing Him to do His job?

Before our Lord Jesus Christ returned to Heaven, He comforted the Disciples with the revelation that He would leave them the Holy Spirit as their Helper and Comforter.

Wow!  God placed a Member of the Trinity within His children!  He is in you right now.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  He wants to supercharge your life.  There is divine power, wisdom, insight, and more available to you through the Holy Ghost!  Yet, most Christians are unaware of His ministry.

The Holy Spirit is the least understood Member of the Godhead, yet He is the One we interact with most intimately in this life.  I encourage you to begin the journey of getting to know Him and experiencing all He has to offer.

What is He trying to do in your life today?  How can He help you?  Are you filled with Him?  What limits His work in your life? (more…)

4 Simple Tips for a Great Time at Christian Camp

or any other activity

Summer is here!  Christian Camps, Conferences, Revivals, and Trips are in full swing.  For countless people, these activities have been a proven way to make great memories and life-changing decisions.  Follow these simple tips for a great time you will remember for the rest of your life.

Be Happy.

Bring a good time with you. “Bored” is a state of mind. You won’t have access to your usual distractions (TV, phone, game system, etc.). Plan to enjoy nature and the company of others at camp. (more…)

The Foundation of a Great Missionary Letter

As our church was in the process of doing an audit of our Global Missions impact, I spent a year reading through scores of missionary and church planting letters sent to our church.  Some of these letters were from missionaries we supported financially while some of them were from ministries we did not support.  I was amazed at some of the trends I saw in these letters so I went back several months into the letters to see whether the trends I saw were outliers or consistent themes of each ministry.

I came to the following conclusions: (more…)

Jesus Christ The King of Kings

Jesus came the first time as the suffering Lamb.  He is coming again as the conquering Lion.  Be not deceived – Jesus Christ is the KING of Kings!

Some people forget that Jesus Christ is the KING.  They know that He came the first time to suffer and die.  They forget that He is the King Who died for His subjects to live.  The Creator submitted to His creation.  The Life surrendered to death.  Then He conquered death once and for all through the resurrection.  The next time he comes will be much different.  No more submission and death for our Lord.  People will submit to Him or face His wrath.  He is the KING of Kings!

The King Promised

Isaiah 9:6–7   For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, Upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, To order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice From henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Zechariah 9:9   Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: Behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; Lowly, and riding upon an ass, And upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Many verses in the Old Testament promise that a King and Saviour would come.  The Israelites waited for Him for thousands of years.  God’s timetable is not the same as ours, but He always keeps His Word.  His promises are (more…)