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Thirteenth Street Baptist Church : Our Creed - Published on August 7, 2019
...     Our church has been entrusted with the delightful duty to proclaim, promote and preserve the truth of God. What is our creed; what, in short, are our beliefs? Scripture alone. We do not bow to the writings of men to guide us in doctrine and practice. We cannot wholeheartedly support the old confessions of faith written by well-meaning, but sinful men. There are no Baptist denominational rules that govern this church. We look to “the Word of Truth,”...
Jim Byrd
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What We Believe : Sovereign Grace Church in Jackson MO - Published on July 30, 2019
...The Need of Salvation All men and women, since the fall of our father Adam, are born in a state of spiritual death. Because of their evil nature, they cannot and will not turn to God. They cannot of themselves obey God or exercise faith in Christ. (John 5:40; 6:44; Rom. 3:9-19; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3) The Cause of Salvation From before creation God chose many of Adam's fallen race to salvation. Those whom He chose deserve God's wrath as much as the others. However, God chose them in C...     Article Length: Short
Preaching the Promise of the Gospel - Published on July 16, 2019
...     God's preachers are sent to preach the Gospel. They are not sent to preach vain, worthless issues. The Apostle Paul wrote, "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel" (1 Corinthians 9:16). Every message should define and distinguish the good news, that single message which is "the power of God unto salvation" (Rom. 1:16). Most everyone w...     Article Length: Long
The Glory of God Revealed in the Gospel - Published on July 16, 2019
...     The Bible teaches us the purpose of all things in eternity, creation, providence, judgment, and salvation is to glorify the one living and true God.  We could fill pages with verses of Scripture proclaim­ing this fact, but consider how the Apostle Paul was inspired by God the Holy Spirit to write the follow­ing acclamation of praise to God –      Romans 11 – (33) O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowled...     Article Length: Very Long
Election and Particular Redemption - Published on July 16, 2019
...     There are so many misconceptions of the Gospel truths of election and particular (or definite) redemption. These misconceptions are fostered mainly by natural prejudices and misunderstandings concerning what the Bible teaches about these blessed doctrines of grace.  The goal of this article, if God be pleased to use it, is to remove the prejudices against election and particular redemption and to show the Scriptural reality of both.  In most cases natural preju...     Article Length: Long
The Believer and God's Law - Published on July 16, 2019
...     The believer's relationship to the law of God has been a long debated subject and a point of division among those who claim to believe the Gospel. Some claim that God's law is the believer's rule of conduct and obedience. Their opponents accuse them of being legalists. Others deny that God's law is the believer's rule of conduct and obedience. Their opponents accuse them of being antinomians (without law). Some claim that New Testament believers are still ...     Article Length: Long
The Five Solas of the Reformation : A Brief Statement - Published on January 26, 2019
...Sola Scriptura | Soli Deo Gloria | Solo Christo | Sola Gratia | Sola Fide Sola Scriptura: The Scripture Alone is the Standard The doctrine that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority was the "Formal Principle" of the Reformation. In 1521 at the historic interrogation of Luther at the Diet of Worms, he declared his conscience to be captive to the Word of God saying, "Unless I am overcome with testimonies from Scripture or with eviden...
Greg Strawbridge
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Robert Sandeman : A Short Biography - Published on January 9, 2019
...     Robert Sandeman was born in Perth, Scotland in 1718. He was the second of twelve children, and was the son of a linen weaver.       In 1734 Sandeman’s father sent him to the University of Edinburgh to begin his studies for a career in either medicine or theology. Robert excelled in math and languages during the two years he attended university, but his studies soon came to an abrupt halt when he encountered the teachings of John Glas.  &nb...
David Bishop
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Ninety-Five Theses - Published on January 8, 2019
...     Out of love and concern for the truth, and with the object of eliciting it, the following heads will be the subject of a public discussion at Wittenberg under the presidency of the reverend father, Martin Luther, Augustinian, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and duly appointed Lecturer on these subjects in that place. He requests that whoever cannot be present personally to debate the matter orally will do so in absence in writing. When our Lord and Master, Jesus Chr...
Martin Luther
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Preface to the Epistle of James - Published on January 6, 2019
...     Though this epistle of St. James was rejected by the ancients, I praise it and consider it a good book, because it sets up no doctrines of men but vigorously promulgates the law of God. However, to state my own opinion about it, though without prejudice to anyone, I do not regard it as the writing of an apostle; and my reasons follow.      In the first place it is flatly against St. Paul and all the rest of Scripture in ascribing justification to works. It s...
Martin Luther
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TULIP Scriptural References : Part 5 : Perseverance of the Saints - Published on January 5, 2019
...The Preserving Work of God the Father The Father keeps and guards believers: Psalms 37:28, (NASB), For the Lord loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.  Psalms 41:2, (NASB), The Lord will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.  Psalms 97:10, (NASB), Hate evil, you who love the ...     Article Length: Long
TULIP Scriptural References : Part 4 : Irresistible Grace - Published on January 5, 2019
...The Old Testament foretold of God's promised work of Calling & Regeneration Isaiah 42:6,16, (NASB), I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations . . . I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains. Th...     Article Length: Very Long
TULIP Scriptural References : Part 3 : Limited Atonement - Published on January 5, 2019
...God's justice must be absolutely satisfied because of sin.   Adam is representative of God's people - fallen in sin.  Adam stood before God as a representative of God's elect. When he sinned, it was a picture of how all of God's people sin. As a result, God's elect have need of a savior. Genesis 2:16-17, (NASB), The Lord God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good a...     Article Length: Very Long
TULIP Scriptural References : Part 2 : God's Sovereignty and Unconditional Election - Published on January 5, 2019
...God's Sovereign Election Determines the Disposition of Nations Deuteronomy 4:35-38, (NASB), "To you it was shown that you might know that the Lord, He is God; there is no other besides Him."Out of the heavens He let you hear His voice to discipline you; and on earth He let you see His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire." Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them. And He personally brought you fr...     Article Length: Long
TULIP Scriptural References : Part 1 : Total Depravity - Published on January 5, 2019
...All people are born corrupt and without ability to believe. Genesis 3:15, (NASB), And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel." Genesis 6:5-8, (NASB), Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was ...     Article Length: Long
1954 Sovereign Grace Bible Conference : Ashland, Kentucky - Published on January 3, 2019
...     Henry Mahan and Rolfe Barnard organized a Sovereign Grace Bible Conference in 1954. The meeting was held at the Pollard Baptist Church (Southern Baptist), Ashland, Ky. Several preachers were invited to come and minister the gospel with an emphasis on preaching the “doctrines of sovereign grace.” Those who preached at the conference were: Rolfe Barnard, Charlotte, NC. (1904-1969). B.B. Caldwell Greenville, SC. (1899-1976). George Fletcher, Hampton, Va. (1900-...     Article Length: Short
The Mutual Duties Of Husbands and Wives Towards Each Other - Published on December 31, 2018
...Selfish ungodly persons everywhere enter into all kinds of relationships with a desire of serving their ownselves, and gratifying their own flesh without knowing or caring what is required of them. Their desire is for the honour, profit, or pleasure their relationship will provide them but not for what God and man requires or expects from them. [Gen 2:18, Prov 18:22] Their mind is concerned only with what they shall have and not for what they shall be and do.1 They know what they want others ...
Richard Baxter
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The Black Rock Address - Published on December 23, 2018
...An Explanatory Note In the late 1700s and early 1800s, most Baptist churches in America adopted various doctrines and practices which differed significantly from Baptist standards. During these same times, there were many Baptist churches which held to traditional views. The contention between these groups became so sharp that new fractures began to develop in Baptist fellowship as of the late 1820s. Division was accelerated in 1832 when a group of the conservative Baptists met at Black Rock,...     Article Length: Very Long
Eager Avenue Confession of Faith - Published on December 13, 2018
...PREFACE It may be unpopular today, or even undesirable to many, for any group to adopt a particular confession of faith, creed, or statement of faith. However, we at Eager Avenue Grace Church see a great need to express what we believe and what we adopt as a confession of our faith. It is easy for us to say we believe the Bible, or that the Bible is our only creed. We do believe the Bible, and the Bible is our only creed. The problem is that we are not the only group who makes such a claim. How...     Article Length: Long
Homosexuality : The Unnatural Sin - Published on July 12, 2009
...Lillja Road Baptist Church Houston, Texas 77060-5509 Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27      It will be a happy enlightenment when the Spirit enables one to see that the last four books of Moses (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) contain an exegetical commentary on the moral law of God. These writings contain an expansion of the Ten Commandments by showing the various ways each may be transgressed. Nowhere is this more evident than i...
Bill McDaniel
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