Now I know I can't tell you every single thing I believe this morning and most of you have been here to know what I believe, but I think once in a while it is good for you to be reminded
I believe that in any church on Sunday morning there are many people who have picked up just enough doctrine here and there to be thoroughly confused
It's like the fellow who went off to a convention with a little sign stuck on him that read BAK. Someone came up to him and said, what does that mean, B.A.K. He said it means "Boy am I confused."
The fellow said, you don't spell confused with a "k", the fellow said, You don't know how confused I am.
So lest some think that changing the name of our church to The Church At Quail Creek means that we have changed or altered our beliefs, let me share with you what I have believed, what I believe now, and what I will always believe, because God's word is like God Himself.
God's word is immutable, eternal, infallible, unchanging, incorruptible undeniable, eternal and unimpeachable.
I agree with J.T. Reed who sums up what it means to believe and be a Southern Baptist.
I. FIRST ALL I AM A CHRISTIAN BY COMITTMENT
What does this mean?
1. It does not mean I'm a church attender.
Obviously I am a church member, but that is not what I mean when I say I am a Christian. All Christians should be church members. Jesus loved the church and gave Himself for it. But, being a church member does not make you a Christian any more than being a member of the moose lodge makes you a moose.
2. It does not mean I'm an American
Some believe that since America is a Christian nation if they were born in America it makes them a Christian. The old mother cat could have her kittens in an oven but that wouldn't make them biscuits.
America was founded on Christian principles and sometimes people identify Christianity with America or America with Christianity but being an American and being a Christian are not synonymous.
3. It does not mean I am religious
I can participate in many religious activities such as taking the Lord's Supper or being baptized but that doesn't mean that I am a Christian.
4. It doesn't mean I simply believe in God.
The book of James tells us "the demons also believe and tremble." Satan and his demons have been consigned to hell already and they are true believers in God.
Believing in God is not enough. Jesus said ye believe in God, believe also in ME. To believe in the Bible means more than intellectual belief. That's why some people will miss haven by eleven inches, the distance between their head and their heart.
Belief in the bible means commitment. Paul said "I know WHOM I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day." (II Tim. 1:12)
Yes, I believe intellectually in His virgin birth, that he lived a perfect life. He was tempted in al points as we are ...
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