Today on Words of Grace, we come to our final message in our series on the standard Statement of Faith or Abstract of Principles of historic Baptists in the United States and also Primitive Baptists of today, a document which we commonly refer to as the Articles of Faith.
The subject matter of today’s Article has to do with what we will call ministerial authority. While this might seem like a strange point of view to include in a document as important as the articles of faith, it’s actually very fitting to include it!
Article 12. We believe that no minister has a right to administration of the ordinances, only such as are regularly baptized, called, and come under the imposition of hands by a presbytery.
Radio broadcast for June 18, 2023. Continue reading “We Believe in Ministerial Authority”
As you know, we’re presently undertaking a survey of the basic tenants of the historic Baptist faith, as represented in the Articles of Faith of historic Baptist and contemporary Primitive Baptist Churches. Our subject matter for today shifts the focus from what we might call doctrinal or theological concepts to ecclesiological concepts, as we review the specifics of the ordinances.
From Flint River’s Statement of faith:
Article 9 – We believe that baptism, the Lord’s supper, and washing of the saints’ feet are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers are the only subjects of these ordinances, and the true mode of baptism is immersion.
Article 13 – We believe that none but regularly baptized members have a right to commune at the Lord’s Table.
Radio broadcast for June 4, 2023
Continue reading “We Believe in the Ordinances”
In this episode of Words of Grace, we begin a focus of study on the Articles of Faith, as endorsed by historic Baptist churches throughout the United States and “Primitive” Baptist churches today. Few variations of these statements of faith exist, showing great unity on specific, core, nonnegotiable concepts among our forefathers. For our source material, we’re looking to the Articles of Faith of two Alabama churches dating to the 19th century, Flint River (1808) and Ebenezer (1868). While identical in doctrine, these statements vary in wording, giving an interesting and helpful comparison.
Our article for today says, “We believe in only one true and living God, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost.”
As we explore in today’s broadcast, we hold the Godhead as a nonnegotiable doctrine. There is only one God, the true and living God, and this God exists as a Tri-unity of Father, Son/Word, and Holy Ghost. Listen to learn more!
Radio broadcast for April 16, 2023. Continue reading “We Believe in the Godhead”
On this weekend’s edition of Words of Grace, we consider the importance of ideas that aren’t up for debate. The Bible tells us to buy the truth and sell it not. This means once a truth is known, it’s not to be reconsidered. We may explain it, but we should never entertain movements to redefine it. Truth is truth.
Churches commonly have official, voted upon statements of faith that serve as a list of “nonnegotiable” concepts that are necessary to submit to in order to join and remain in good standing. We call these the “Articles of Faith,” and at Flint River, ours date back to our founding in 1808.
Radio broadcast for April 2, 2023. Continue reading “The Importance of Nonnegotiable Truths”