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273 – Sept. 30 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

 

Elder John Leland married Miss Sallie Devine on Sept. 30, 1776, and God blessed them with eight children. As the Apostles, along with Patrick Henry, Carrington, and Washington, he would have been considered an “unlearned and ignorant” man, in that he had received no formal education. But his proficiency in the gospel, law and politics was as profound as any of his contemporaries. Born in Grafton, Mass. on May 14, 1754, he was saved after a lengthy period of conviction over his sins. In June of 1774 he moved to Virginia, was ordained, and assumed the pastorate of the Mount Poney Baptist Church in Culpepper County. For the next fifteen years he served in a very successful evangelistic ministry that covered 75,000 miles, and the preaching of over 3,000 sermons. Altogether he baptized 1,352 converts. One woman’s husband came to shoot him but he got her under while the members detained him. His shrewd and witty mind aided him in championing soul liberty and religious freedom. It was primarily through his able leadership that we have the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He also opposed slavery when it was unpopular to do so, and was successful in disenfranchising the Protestant Episcopal Church which was supported by taxation in Virginia. He ended his life still preaching the gospel in his native Massachusetts and died at age 67 on Jan. 14, 1841. [Robert Boyle C. Howell, The Early Baptists of Virginia (Philadelphia: Bible and Publication Society. 1857), p. 242

Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From: This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson,   pp.  535 – 36        

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God’s Word Bears Fruit


 

Ye heard before in the word  of the truth of the gospel; which is come unto you, as it is  in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you,” Colossians 1:5, 6.

 

Jesus had just preached the parable of the sower and the four kinds of ears that hear the Word of God. One would assume that the apostles got the message, since Jesus had told them that the truth of the kingdom was for their ears. Then, just a few hours later in a storm, their boat was filled to sinking. They roused Jesus from sleep and accused Him of not caring that they were about to die. His word rebuked the wind, and the sea was immediately calm. The apostles were amazed and revealed their lack of understanding that they were in the boat with the Creator of the universe. Jesus shed light on their fears, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). Their reply revealed their lack of belief in His Word. “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (verse 41). 

 

Believing God’s Word matures the Christian to simply take Him at His word.  Jesus said to Satan that, if a person really believes God’s Word, he is actually living life on a higher plain.

 

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Isa. 55:11, 12). God’s Word can do surgery on the Christian and it can heal. Dive in and let it change your life and take away all your fear.  His Word claims that He has got your back, even in the worst storms of life.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT – Saved people are expected to be fruit bearers.

 

Robert A. Brock

 

 

 

 

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273 – Sept. 30 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Through him we have the First Amendment

1776 – Elder John Leland married Miss Sallie Devine, and God blessed them with eight children. As the Apostles, along with Patrick Henry, Carrington, and Washington, he would have been considered an “unlearned and ignorant” man, in that he had received no formal education. But his proficiency in the gospel, law and politics was as profound as any of his contemporaries. Born in Grafton, Mass. on May 14, 1754, he was saved after a lengthy period of conviction over his sins. In June of 1774 he moved to Virginia, was ordained, and assumed the pastorate of the Mount Poney Baptist Church in Culpepper County. For the next fifteen years he served in a very successful evangelistic ministry that covered 75,000 miles, and the preaching of over 3,000 sermons. Altogether he baptized 1,352 converts. One woman’s husband came to shoot him but he got her under while the members detained him. His shrewd and witty mind aided him in championing soul liberty and religious freedom. It was primarily through his able leadership that we have the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He also opposed slavery when it was unpopular to do so, and was successful in disenfranchising the Protestant Episcopal Church which was supported by taxation in Virginia. He ended his life still preaching the gospel in his native Massachusetts, and died at age 67 on Jan. 14, 1841. [Robert Boyle C. Howell, The Early Baptists of Virginia (Philadelphia: Bible and Publication Society. 1857), p. 242 This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 535-36]  Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

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92 – April 02 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


C. H. Spurgeon’s Convictions of Baptist Beginnings

On April 2nd 1861 a public meeting was held for the Baptist brethren of London at the famed “Metropolitan Tabernacle,” known to many as “Spurgeon’s Tabernacle,” where dedicatory services were extended as church members and London residents united in praising God for His blessings!

Consider the words of greeting from Spurgeon, as he welcomed the area Baptist brethren to the new building.

“We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther and Calvin were born; we never came from the Church of Rome, for we were never in it, but we have an unbroken line up to the apostles themselves. We have always existed from the very days of Christ, and our principles, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel underground for a little season, have always had honest and holy adherents. Persecuted alike by Romanists and Protestants of almost every sect, yet there has never existed a Government holding Baptist principles which persecuted others; nor, I believe, any body of Baptists ever held it to be right to put the consciences of others under the control of man. We have ever been ready to suffer, as our  martyrologies will prove, but we are not ready to accept any help from the State, to prostitute the purity of the Bride of Christ to any alliance with Government, and we will never make the church, although the Queen, the despot over the consciences of men.

Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 134-135.

 

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RE: KINDS OF BAPTISTS AND THEIR ORIGIN


Jesus baptised by John the Baptist by going all the way under the water and coming back up out of the water. Yet the name Baptist did not come from John the Baptist. We find co-operation of churches in the New Testament. Acts 8:14 reveals the church of Jerusalem co-operating in Samaria where Philip was preaching the gospel and souls were being saved and baptised. We find Peter going to the Gentiles and some circumcised believers were with him when he preached and souls were saved and Peter asked the circumcised believers from the church in Jerusalem if they would forbid the baptising of these believers. The church in Jerusalem sent Barnabas to the church in Antioch for the purpose of co-operation.

1. ASSOCIATION BAPTISTS, A.D. 33.

Examples of the co-operation and association that existed in these first century (A.D.) churches are found int the book of Acts and also referenced in II Cor. 8:19-23.
Co-operation with a minimum of inter-church organisation has characterised Association Baptists in history and no doubt accounts for so little being known of their associational work of the past, though no doubt such existed.

2. AMERICAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1905.

This work began with the Baptist General Association, 1905, which was a perpetuation of associational principles practised by Baptists of many association through the centuries. The name was changed to American Baptist Association in 1925, when the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas came into this work.

3. AMERICAN BAPTIST CONVENTION, 1814.

Was organised as the Baptist General Convention and became known as the Triennial Convention. A split came in 1844 which resulted in the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845. Thus, those of the North came to be known as Northern Baptists. The Northern Baptist Conventions was adopted as the name of this group in 1907, and in 1950 they officially changed their name to the American Baptist Convention.

4. NORTH AMERICAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1950.

This resulted from a split in the American Baptist Association. Several issues brought on the split. One was the matter of representation. The American Baptist Association had always left it to the representing church as to whom they would choose to represent them. Some sought to change this, and also sought to change the matter of voting to proxy voting by non-represented church. This had never been the practice of the ABA. Still another issue seemed to be the matter of Seminaries and schools. Some thought they should not be churched-owned, but owned by the Association.

5. SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION, 1845.

This was a split from the Triennial Convention over the slavery question. They held to all the evils of convention-ism: money basis of representation, boards to hire and fire missionaries, pressure programs, interference in local church affairs.

6. NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION (AFRICAN-AMERICAN), 1880.

7. FREEWILL BAPTISTS, 1770, FOUNDED BY BENJAMIN RANDALL.

8. GENERAL BAPTISTS, 1714.

9. NATIONAL BAPTIST EVANGELICAL LIFE AND SOUL SAVING ASSEMBLY OF U.S.A., 1921.

10. NATIONAL PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CONVENTION OF THE U.S.A. (AFRICAN-AMERICAN), 1907

11. NORTH AMERICAN BAPTIST GENERAL CONFERENCE (GERMAN), 1860.

12. PRIMITIVE BAPTISTS (HARDSHELL), 1825-1832, FOUNDED BY PARKER.

Most of these have deviated from the truth of God’s Word to such a great extent that some would not be recognized as a Baptist church and others have lost their candlestick and can no longer be considered the “CHURCH THAT JESUS BUILT.” To be a true New Testament Church they must maintain the doctrines that Jesus, Paul and the Apostles delivered to the Churches.Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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Bro. I have no problem understanding what was meant by the missionary. I have no problem understanding the story relating to the methods that are promoted. I do have a problem with the method in this – It requires a knowledge of the Quran. Taking this principle and extrapolating it means; if one talks to a Buddist, he must have studied Buddism to effectively tell them of Jesus; if Confusionism is the one being talked to then the study of Confusius is necessary. This is quite a large undertaking for the common and average person. So, I guess the question that I would have, what is God’s plan. Did He lay one out to be followed?

My answer is yes. Here is some scripture that was given to a young pastor:

2Ti 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

2Ti 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

2Ti 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

2Ti 2:6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

2Ti 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

2Ti 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

2Ti 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

2Ti 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

2Ti 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

2Ti 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

2Ti 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

2Ti 2:14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2Ti 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

Notice verse 2 and the request that what has been taught by Paul and related to Timothy by others commit to faithful men who would teach others. We have that responsibility today. Again consider verse five and the striving for masteries, it has to be lawful. That is according to God’s plan not man’s plan. Verse 7 certainly means Godly understanding of Godly things and not the heresy of the world or the knowledge of murder, fornication, or lying. Knowledge of God is under consideration here. The putting in remembrance is the remembrance of the teachings about God the Father and His Son Jesus who died for us. Here in verse 14 it is made known to us that there are words that do not profit and actually subvert. Verse 15 the study we are commanded to do is in rightly dividing the Word Of Truth. Notice that within these verses there is not any command to study any other religion so that we might be effective.

God’s Plan is that the bearer of “The Good News Of A Crucified Savior,” must have experienced the New Birth. My contention is that the passages that led that person to be born again, he now knows and can tell others of his Savior. Jesus instruction to His first church is recorded in Matthew.

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The first “teach,” is not the same Greek word as the word “teach” in verse 20. The first teach is make disciples. What do we teach them to make them disciples? The death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The next teach is a general teaching that we are most familiar with and the command is “all things whatsoever I have commanded you…”. I do not find in this many of the things we practice today. The message that John the Baptist carried was – repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. In Matthew 10:7; Jesus sent the 70 and expressly told them – “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Paul had something to say about this. 1Co 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

1Co 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

This statement of Paul’s should be sufficient for us. We find Paul referring to his experience of salvation and what he did afterward. But in Acts we find him testifying that he would meet with Jesus. Act 26:16 But235 rise,450 and2532 stand2476 upon1909 thy4675 feet:4228 for1063 I have appeared3700 unto thee4671 for1519 this5124 purpose, to make4400 thee4571 a minister5257 and2532 a witness3144 both5037 of these things which3739 thou hast seen,1492 and5037 of those things in the which3739 I will appear3700 unto thee;4671 Notice I will appear unto thee. Paul’s desire, apparently was to know Christ, to the extent of a face to face learning experience with Him.

Acts 4:12; the Peter and John were considered inlearned, and ignorant. Certainly, they did not know anything but Christ because they preached Him. Yet we find they were very effective in winning souls for the Lord.

Philip in Acts 8:11,12, went to the Samaritans and did not bother talking about their religion which we hear about from Jesus in John chapter 4. Jesus simply told the woman – “ye worship ye know not what.” So now Philip is in Samaria and he doesn’t bother with their beliefs, he tells them of Christ.

Philip dealt with the Ethiopian Eunuch and did not discuss his religion but told him of Christ. Those that were scattered abroad upon persecution preached the word – Acts 11:19-21. Paul reasoned from the scriptures. Acts 17:1-5. Paul told the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers of Jesus Christ. Acts 17:16-20 and Acts 18:28 Paul uses the Scriptures. Now may I direct your attention to Acts 20:23. “…the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city,…” .

When we decide we can help God, aide Jesus and do the work of the Holy Spirit, we are on the wrong road. By Scripture and example we are told and shown that we testify of Jesus Christ and let the Holy Spirit do the work of convicting. Jesus said to come learn of Him. When God said Isaiah 1:18 “Come let us reason together saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet…” Now God is not talking about some other religion, He is talking of His Son.

We Preach the Word of Faith (Romans 10:8) because we are told by the Scripture that “faith cometh by hearing” Romans 10:17 and verse 15 speaks of “glad tidings of good things and the gospel of peace” which certainly is the Gospel of Christ. May we always be ready to tell the reason of the hope that is within us.

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