Featured in the March, 2013 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
A Baptist is a sinner (Romans 3:23).
But, he differs from other sinners. He may have been a thief, a drunk, a fornicator, a liar, an adulterer or a murderer (I Corinthians 6:9-11). But, he is not blaming his genes, his environment or others for his sins, but has taken personal responsibility for his deeds (Luke 18:13).
He sees himself not as needing reform, but redemption (Luke 19:10). He sees Jesus as the perfect Son of God, Who died the perfect death and so, provides a perfect salvation for all who trust Him (I Peter 2:24).
Being saved from sin and hell through faith in Jesus, he becomes a person who has his past forgiven and his future in heaven guaranteed by Christ (John 3:16, 17).
Having been inwardly and outwardly changed by Christ, he wants to tell his spiritual story to others who also have been changed and join with them in a biblical church (Romans 10:9, 10).
He wants to be baptized showing he has died to the old sin-dominated life and now, wants to live a holy life (Acts 8:29-38).
Having openly confessed his faith in Christ, been baptized and joined with the Lord’s church, he now wants to serve his Savior. He serves and sacrificially gives himself not to be saved, but because he is already saved (Ephesians 2:8-10). He does not follow some man-made creed or catechism, but believes the Word of God and desires to practice what is in Scripture (John 14:15). He does this not because he was raised a Baptist or has Baptist parents, but because he personally believes the Bible to be the Word of God.
If a Baptist is better than he was before, he can’t take credit for it because it was Jesus Who changed him (II Corinthians 5:17).
So, a Baptist is one who lives in the real world, recognizing his sinfulness, God’s holiness, Christ as his Savior and the perfect Word of God as his manual for living.