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Two Distinctive Concepts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 09:33

Every group within Christianity has certain distinctive concepts. By distinctive concept, I mean a concept or belief common only to that particular religious order. These distinct ideas are what makes a group stand apart from other groups. Just like blond hair causes a person to stand out in a crowd of brunettes, each groups' distinctive doctrines cause themselves to stand apart from other religious groups, for better or worse.

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Sermon Notes From June 19, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Monday, 20 June 2011 19:46

Luke 1:1-4 "Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed."

This past Sunday we started a new sermon series entitled "Most Surely Believed." For the next couple of months we will be going through the articles of faith and some other basic fundamental doctrines. We are doing this to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us and to know the certainty of those things, wherein we have been instructed.

Sermon preached by Elder Josh Winslett at Antioch PBC in Oxford, MS.

Luke 1:1-4 Most Surely Believed: Church History

  • Church is what? Preference (fast food) or divine commandment

Disciple of what? Christ!

We are not ecumenical

Traditionally, everyone thinks they are right. Ussually to the persecution of the Baptists
-Quote from John Calvin, Defense of Orthodox Faith against the Prodigious Errors of theSpaniard Michael Servetus, published in early 1554, "Whoever shall now contend that it is unjust to put heretics and blasphemers to death will knowingly and willingly incur their very guilt.”

Church membership/discipleship does not equal sonship (thief on the cross)

 

  • What is the kingdom?

Kingdom is invisible and within you- Luke 17:20

You have to be born again to see it and enter in- John 3:3-5

Press into it- Luke 16:16

At hand- Matt 3:2, Matt 4:17, Matt 10:7

Suffereth violence- Matt 11:12

People can hinder other people from being saved to this kingdom- 1 Thess 2:16

Pillar and ground of the truth- 1 Tim 3:16

Cannot be forced on people, must be freely entered into –John 10:9

 

  • When did the church begin? When Jesus was baptized- Mark 1:1-15

 

  • Built upon a rock: Christ- Matt 16:18 (Chief corner stone- Eph 2:20)

Gates of Hell would not prevail! If Jesus believed it would not prevail, then I believe it.

 

  • Church hasn’t ever been, or will be, re-established or rediscovered, it was given once- Jude 1:3

The faith given once will be preached until the end of the world- Matt 28:20

 

  • Churches can lose their candle stick- Rev1-3

Judged not according to denomination- Judged individually as an autonomous body (a true NT church has to be from the correct lineage, baptism, and gospel)

 

  • Pliny, Roman governor, from the second century writes to the emperor about the Christians, “namely that they were accustomed on a stated day to assemble before sunrise, and to join together in singing hymns to Christ as to a deity; …… Their worship being concluded, it was their custom to separate, and meet together again for a repast, promiscuous indeed, and without any distinction of rank or sex, but perfectly harmless”

 

  • Confessions of Faith throughout history testify of a chain of doctrine and practice
    (Confessions should never be used as scripture. They are written by fallible man. They should be used a mile posts through history.)

 

  • True church has went by many different names: Montanists, Novations, Donatists, Paulicians, Albigigenses, Paterins, Petrobrussians, Henricians, Arnoldists, Waldenses, Anabaptist, Baptist, Primitive Baptist

 

  • Here are historical quotes from non-Baptists concerning Baptist succession:

-From Lutheran historian Johann Lorenz Mosheim:

"The true origin of that sect which acquired the denomination of Anabaptists by their administering anew the rite of baptism to those who came over to their communion, and derived that of Mennonites from the famous man to whom they owe the greatest part of their present felicity, is hidden in the depths of antiquity, and is, of consequence, extremely difficult to be ascertained."

"Before the rise of Luther and Calvin, there lay concealed, in almost all the countries of Europe, particularly in Bohemia, Maravia, Switzerland, and Germany, many persons, who adhered tenaciously to the following doctrine, which the Waldenses, Wickliffites, and Hussites, had maintained, some in a more disguised and others in a more open and public manner; viz. 'That the kingdom of Christ, or the visible church which He established upon earth, was an assembly of true and real saints, and ought therefore to be inaccessible to the wicked and unrighteous, and also exempt from all those institutions which human prudence suggests, to oppose the progress of iniquity, or to correct and reform transgressors.'"

 

-From Dr. Ypeij, Professor of Theology in the University of Groningen and Rev. J.J. Dermot, Chaplain to the King:

"We have now seen that the Baptists, who were formerly called Anabaptists, and in later times, Mennonites, were the original Waldenses, and who, long in the history of the church, received the honor of that origin. On this account the Baptists may be considered as the only Christian community which has stood since the apostles, and, as a Christian society, has preserved pure the doctrine of the gospel through all ages. The perfectly correct, external and internal economy of the Baptist denomination tends to confirm the truth disputed by the Romish Church, that the Reformation, brought about in the sixteenth century, was in the highest degree necessary; and, at the same time, goes to refute the erroneous notion of the Catholics, that their communion is the most ancient." (My Church by J.B. Moody, pp. 311)

 

-From Zwingli, a Protestant companion of John Calvin:

"The institution of the Anabaptists is no novelty, but for 1300 years has caused great trouble in the church." "An institution of the Ana-Baptist is no novelty, but for thirteen hundred years has caused great trouble in the church (the Catholic and Presbertirian)  Baptist are known as trouble maker because we hold to the purity of doctrine of the NT and we don’t apologize for it - If you spend any time witnessing you’ve witnessed it." 1500

-From Hosius, Bishop of Cordova, assisted as legate of Pope Sylvester:

"Were it not that the baptists have been grievously tormented and cut off with the knife during the past twelve hundred years, they would swarm in greater number than all the Reformers." (Hosius, Letters, Apud Opera, Pages 112-113)

 

-John Clark Ridpath, doubtlessly the greatest historian the world has ever produced and a Methodist by denomination:

"I should not readily admit that there was a Baptist church as far back as 100 A.D., although without doubt there were Baptist churches then, as all Christians were then Baptists."

 

-Sir Isaac Newton:

"The Baptists are the only body of known Christians that have never symbolized with Rome."

 

-From Alexander Campbell, the father of the Campbellites:

"I would engage to show that baptism as viewed and practiced by the Baptists, had its advocates in every century up to the Christian era…and independent of whose existence (the German Anabaptists), clouds of witnesses attest the fact, that before the Reformation from popery, and from the apostolic age, to the present time, the sentiments of Baptists, and the practice of baptism have had a continued chain of advocates, and public monuments of their existence in every century can be produced." (In his debate with Mr. Macalla)

 

-From Robert Barclay, a Quaker:

"We shall afterwards show the rise of the Anabaptists took place prior to the Reformation of the Church of England, and there are also reasons for believing that on the Continent of Europe small hidden Christian societies, who have held many of the opinions of the Anabaptists, have existed from the times of the apostles. In the sense of the direct transmission of Divine Truth, and the true nature of spiritual religion, it seems probable that these churches have a lineage or succession more ancient than that of the Roman Church (Barclay, The Inner Life of the Societies of the Commonwealth, 11, 12, London, 1876)."

 

  • Practically speaking, how does this help you? Knowing that God has passed the torch to you, you should first feel a sense of humility and responsibility. God has commanded us to occupy this kingdom. To occupy we must enlist, put on his armor, and fight the good fight.

 

 

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Quotes from non-Baptists on Baptist succession PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Monday, 13 June 2011 19:31

 

 

Here are some quotes about Baptist succession from some non-Baptists.

 

From Lutheran historian Johann Lorenz Mosheim:

"The true origin of that sect which acquired the denomination of Anabaptists by their administering anew the rite of baptism to those who came over to their communion, and derived that of Mennonites from the famous man to whom they owe the greatest part of their present felicity, is hidden in the depths of antiquity, and is, of consequence, extremely difficult to be ascertained."

"Before the rise of Luther and Calvin, there lay concealed, in almost all the countries of Europe, particularly in Bohemia, Maravia, Switzerland, and Germany, many persons, who adhered tenaciously to the following doctrine, which the Waldenses, Wickliffites, and Hussites, had maintained, some in a more disguised and others in a more open and public manner; viz. 'That the kingdom of Christ, or the visible church which He established upon earth, was an assembly of true and real saints, and ought therefore to be inaccessible to the wicked and unrighteous, and also exempt from all those institutions which human prudence suggests, to oppose the progress of iniquity, or to correct and reform transgressors.'"

 

From Dr. Ypeij, Professor of Theology in the University of Groningen and Rev. J.J. Dermot, Chaplain to the King:

"We have now seen that the Baptists, who were formerly called Anabaptists, and in later times, Mennonites, were the original Waldenses, and who, long in the history of the church, received the honor of that origin. On this account the Baptists may be considered as the only Christian community which has stood since the apostles, and, as a Christian society, has preserved pure the doctrine of the gospel through all ages. The perfectly correct, external and internal economy of the Baptist denomination tends to confirm the truth disputed by the Romish Church, that the Reformation, brought about in the sixteenth century, was in the highest degree necessary; and, at the same time, goes to refute the erroneous notion of the Catholics, that their communion is the most ancient." (My Church by J.B. Moody, pp. 311)

 

From Zwingli, a Protestant companion of John Calvin:

"The institution of the Anabaptists is no novelty, but for 1300 years has caused great trouble in the church."


From Hosius, Bishop of Cordova, assisted as legate of Pope Sylvester:

"Were it not that the baptists have been grievously tormented and cut off with the knife during the past twelve hundred years, they would swarm in greater number than all the Reformers." (Hosius, Letters, Apud Opera, Pages 112-113)

 

 

John Clark Ridpath, doubtlessly the greatest historian the world has ever produced and a Methodist by denomination:

"I should not readily admit that there was a Baptist church as far back as 100 A.D., although without doubt there were Baptist churches then, as all Christians were then Baptists."

 

Sir Isaac Newton:

"The Baptists are the only body of known Christians that have never symbolized with Rome."

 

From Alexander Campbell, the father of the Campbellites:

"I would engage to show that baptism as viewed and practiced by the Baptists, had its advocates in every century up to the Christian era…and independent of whose existence (the German Anabaptists), clouds of witnesses attest the fact, that before the Reformation from popery, and from the apostolic age, to the present time, the sentiments of Baptists, and the practice of baptism have had a continued chain of advocates, and public monuments of their existence in every century can be produced." (In his debate with Mr. Macalla)

 

From Robert Barclay, a Quaker:

"We shall afterwards show the rise of the Anabaptists took place prior to the Reformation of the Church of England, and there are also reasons for believing that on the Continent of Europe small hidden Christian societies, who have held many of the opinions of the Anabaptists, have existed from the times of the apostles. In the sense of the direct transmission of Divine Truth, and the true nature of spiritual religion, it seems probable that these churches have a lineage or succession more ancient than that of the Roman Church (Barclay, The Inner Life of the Societies of the Commonwealth, 11, 12, London, 1876)."

 

From Charles Spurgeon, British Particular Baptist preacher (ok, so he was an English Baptist but I really like this quote):

"We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the Reformation, we were Reformers before Luther or 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 the government, and we will never make the Church, although the Queen, the despot over the consciences of men."

 

~JW

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Believe according to the working of His Mighty Power PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:17

Ever read Ephesians chapter 2, verse 1? In that verse we find the following: "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.."

Paul is writing about Almighty God giving Spiritual life to those who are in a state of death in sin. Notice that verse begins with the word "and." This means that this precious verse is directly tied to the context of the preceding chapter. Allow me to share with you a portion of chapter 1 and the very thoughts of the Apostle Paul leading up to this well known, glorious verse.

Notice the following scripture from Ephesians chapter 1:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places...

Notice a very important phrase in this paragraph! How do men believe? Does every human even have the ability to believe in Christ? This verse answers those questions.

Remember, Paul's thoughts are culminated with the phrase "And you hath He quickened," which means "made alive." Paul says that EVERY person who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, believes "according to the working of His mighty power." What is this telling us? This verse is telling us that the only way a person believes is if God works His mighty power upon the said person. Let me say that a little differently, God must work His mighty power upon a person for that person to be able to believe!

Also, according to the above scripture this event in which God "works His mighty power" is tantamount to the event in which God raised up the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. In simple terms, this "working" of God's mighty power is the same type of event as Christ's resurrection. For an individual to believe, it takes no less power that the very power of God that raised Jesus Christ from the dead! Christ must resurrect our souls.

Why? Well, the answer is simple. Prior to this event a person is "dead in trespasses and in sins." This refers to death in a spiritual sense. Just as a physically dead man can do nothing, being dead, a spiritually dead man can do nothing in a spiritual sense, including repentance and belief. Dead means dead! This is why, naturally speaking, there is "none that seeketh after God" and why "the natural man receiveth not" the things of God (Romans 3, 1 Corinthians 2:14).

We believe because a loving and holy God has given our dead, depraved souls new life in Jesus Christ, in essence making us "new creatures" (new creations) in Christ Jesus.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. - Jesus Christ, John 5:24

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 10:33
 
Wonderful Hymn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Monday, 06 June 2011 16:27

This hymn has been on my mind for a few months.  Pay close attention to these beautiful words.


Title: "Behold the Lamb of God."
Hymn book: "The Good Old Songs"
page 701

 

1. Behold! behold the lamb of God!
On the cross, on the cross!
He sheds for you His precious blood,
On the cross, on the cross!
Oh, hear His all important cry,
"Eli lama sabachthani?"
Draw near and see your Saviour Die,
On the cross, on the cross!

2. Behold His arms extended wide,
On the cross, on the cross!
Behold his bleeding hands and side,
On the cross, on the cross!
The sun withholds his rays of light,
The heavens are clothed in shades of night,
While Jesus doth with devils fight,
On the cross, on the cross!

3. Come, brethren, see Him lifted up,
On the cross, on the cross!
For you He drinks the bitter cup,
On the cross, on the cross!
The rocks do rend, the mountains quake,
While Jesus doth atonement make,
While Jesus suffers for our sake,
On the cross, on the cross!

4. And now the mighty deed is done,
On the cross, on the cross!
The battle's fought, the victory's won,
On the cross, on the cross!
To heaven He turns his lanquid eyes,
"'T is finished," now the Conqueror cries,
Then bows His scared Head and dies,
On the cross, on the cross!

5. Where'er I go I'll tell the story
Of the cross, of the cross;
Of nothing else my soul shall glory,
Save the cross, save the cross!
Yea, this my constant theme shall be,
Through time and in eternity,
That Jesus tasted death for me,
On the cross, on the cross!

6. Let every mourner rise and cling
To the cross, to the cross!
Let every Christian come and sing
'Round the cross, 'round the cross!
There let the preacher take his stand,
And, with the Bible in his hand,
Declare the triumphs through the land,
Of the cross, of the cross!

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