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Baptists generally accept the fundamental doctrines of the faith as described below.  Adherence to these doctrines is what defines them.  Conversely, it is their distinctives and various views regarding the finer points of Biblical interpretation that determines to which form of Baptist practice one identifies.
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Click the titles to study the expanded explanations for each doctrine
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Bible
   The Bible is God's Word.  It was written by men whom God inspired and is His revealing of Himself to man.  It is perfect because it has God for its author, salvation as it's primary message, and truth without any error.
  "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."    ~ 2nd Timothy 3:16&17
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God
   There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being who is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and perfect in every way.
   "That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth"   ~ Psalm 83:18
   "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"   ~ Matthew 28:19
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God the Father
   God as Father reigns supreme with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the stream of human history according to the purposes of His divine grace.
  "Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,"   ~ Galatians 1:3
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God the Son
   Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus is perfectly revealed in Scripture and did the will of God by taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities.  In doing so, He identified Himself completely with mankind, yet without sin. 
   "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
                                                                                    ~ John 20:31
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God the Holy Spirit
   The Holy Spirit is the fully divine Spirit of God.  He inspired those men of old whom He chose to write the Word of God. Through illumination He enables men to understand God's truth as revealed in His Scriptures.
  "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"   ~ Luke 11:13
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Man
   Man is the special creation of God who made us in His own image. He created us male and female as the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race.
   "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"  ~ Romans 5:12
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Salvation
   Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.  It is Jesus who, by His own blood, obtained eternal redemption for all who believe. 
   "For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 
                                                                                                     ~ 2nd Corinthians 6:2
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Security of the Believer
   All truly born-again believers endure to the end.  Those whom God has accepted in Christ and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace nor can they lose God's gift of eternal life.  They shall persevere to the end.
  "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand."   ~ John 10:28
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The Church
   A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an independent local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel.   The church observes the two ordinances of Christ, which are the Lord's Supper and Believers Baptism.  It is governed by His laws while exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in those who identify with it by His Word, seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.
   "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."      ~ Acts 20:28
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The Second Coming
   God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate conclusion. According to His Word, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth.  The dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men in righteousness according to God's will.
   "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 
                                                                                     ~ 1st Thessalonians 4:16 to 18

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