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Summary: WE ARE STARTING A SERIES THROUGH THE 32 ARTICLES OF THE BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH 1689. A CONFESSION OF FAITH IS SIMPLY A STATEMENT OF DOCTRINE OF WHAT WE BELIEVE AS BAPTISTS - IT SO HELPFUL BECAUSE WE CAN SO EASY SLIP ANCHOR AND DRIFT OUT OF DOCK.

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WE ARE STARTING A SERIES THROUGH THE 32 ARTICLES OF THE BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH 1689. A CONFESSION OF FAITH IS SIMPLY A STATEMENT OF DOCTRINE OF WHAT WE BELIEVE AS BAPTISTS - IT SO HELPFUL BECAUSE WE CAN SO EASY SLIP ANCHOR AND DRIFT OUT OF DOCK.

IT WAS CH SPURGEON IN 1855 WHO ORDERED THE REPRINT OF THESE ARTICLES FOR HIS OWN CONGREGATION IN DIVISIVE TIMES - TODAY IS NO DIFFERENT WE WILL BE FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS AS WE UNPACK THESE 32 ARTICLES OF THE BAPTIST FAITH. THE BOOKS YOU HAVE RECEIVED FROM THE CHURCH WILL BE HELPFUL IN YOUR OWN PERSONAL STUDY AS WE JOURNEY TOGETHER THROUGH THESE ARTICLES.

• READ THE PREFACE OF CH SPURGEON (THE BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH 1689)

SELECTIVE HEARING: THERE ARE MANY VOICES IN OUR WORLD TODAY ALL COMPETING FOR OUR ATTENTION, THROUGH THE MEDIA WE MEET UP WITH ALL KINDS OF INFORMATION FROM FREE THINKERS, JOURNALISTS, POLITICIANS, SCIENTISTS , PHILOSOPHERS, ENVIRONMENTALISTS EVEN THEOLOGIANS ALL BOMBARDING US WITH INFORMATION AT TIMES CONTRADICTORY, WE ALL ABSORB THIS INFORMATION WE RETAIN SOME AND WE DELETE OTHERS AT TIMES WE CAN APPEAR TO BE LISTENING BUT OFTEN WE ARE SELECTIVE DEPENDING OFTEN UPON OUR OWN WORLD VIEW. OF COURSE THAT IS A GOOD TRAIT TO DEVELOP WHEN IT COMES TO HUMAN KNOWLEDGE BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE WORD OF GOD ITS VERY DANGEROUS.

A FORMER PARK RANGER AT YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK TELLS THE STORY OF A RANGER LEADING A GROUP OF HIKERS TO A FIRE LOOKOUT. THE RANGER WAS SO INTENT ON TELLING THE HIKERS ABOUT THE FLOWERS AND ANIMALS THAT HE CONSIDERED THE MESSAGES ON HIS TWO-WAY RADIO DISTRACTING, SO HE SWITCHED IT OFF. NEARING THE TOWER, THE RANGER WAS MET BY A NEARLY BREATHLESS LOOKOUT, WHO ASKED WHY HE HADN’T RESPONDED TO THE MESSAGES ON HIS RADIO. A GRIZZLY BEAR HAD BEEN SEEN STALKING THE GROUP, AND THE AUTHORITIES WERE TRYING TO WARN THEM OF THE DANGER.

ANY TIME WE TUNE OUT THE MESSAGES GOD HAS SENT US, IN HIS WORD, WE PUT AT PERIL NOT ONLY OURSELVES, BUT ALSO THOSE AROUND US. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE NEVER TURN OFF GOD’S SAVING COMMUNICATION THROUGH HIS BIBLE .

BIBLE FACTS: IT WAS WRITTEN:

• OVER A 1500 YEAR SPAN (FROM 1400 B.C TO A.D. 100)

• OVER 40 GENERATIONS

• OVER 40 AUTHORS FROM MANY WALKS OF LIFE (I.E. - KINGS, PEASANTS, PHILOSOPHERS, FISHERMEN, POETS, STATESMEN, SCHOLARS)

• IN DIFFERENT PLACES (I.E. - WILDERNESS, DUNGEON, PALACES)

• AT DIFFERENT TIMES (I.E. - WAR, PEACE, PERSECUTION)

• IN DIFFERENT MOODS (I.E. - HEIGHTS OF JOY, DEPTHS OF DESPAIR)

• ON THREE CONTINENTS (ASIA, AFRICA, AND EUROPE)

• IN THREE LANGUAGES (HEBREW, ARAMAIC, AND GREEK).

OT 39 BOOKS: 17 HISTORICAL BOOKS – 5POETICAL BOOKS- 17 PROPHETIC BOOKS.

NT 27 BOOKS: 4 GOSPELS – 1 ACTS (HISTORICAL RECORD OF THE EARLY CHURCH) 21 EPISTLES – (CHURCH DOCTRINE AND LIFE)1 REVELATION – ESCHATOLOGICAL.

THE BIBLE HAS TO BE SEEN AND TAKEN AS A WHOLE FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION FROM THE OT TO THE NT WE SEE GODS UNFOLDING PLAN FOR THE WHOLE OF HUMANITY. IN THE OT WE HAVE JESUS CHRIST CONCEALED AND IN THE NT WE HAVE HIM REVEALED.

• THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED: BIBLICAL INSPIRATION IS THE ACT OF GOD BY WHICH HE DIRECTLY CONTROLLED THE WRITERS SO THAT WHAT WAS WRITTEN WAS THE VERY WORD OF GOD(ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPHS).


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