Growing a Church the New Testament Way

Someone once said, “Preach your convictions, I have enough doubts of my own”. J. Clyde Turner formerly of NC does that in These Things We Believe” and Paul in his own statement of faith and practice in Ephesians.
The request in messenger was made for a Baptist Statement of Faith. A very good answer would be for the little book by J. Clyde Turner called “These Things We Believe”. Very often used it to teach new disciples to assure they were ready for baptism.
“Turner wrote six books. These Things We Believe, the basic doctrinal text of more than 12 million Southern Baptists, was perhaps the most noteworthy.”

However the best of all would be, since Baptists are people of the Book, and the number one Baptist distinctive is The Bible is the sole criterion for faith and practice, “Paul’s Statement of Faith and Practice from Ephesians”

You can: (1) Read it online at

NOTE: Here is a few words of introduction–“The history of theology, Christianity, and denominations illustrates the discovery of a verse or verses of Scripture which surprises some new group, which when isolated out of the context of the book from which it came and the whole Bible, creates additional divisions and distinction. You recall the example of the person who read in one place in the Bible “Judas went out and
hanged himself”, then put that together with “go thou and do likewise”. It has lead many to conclude that you can prove anything form the Bible. Well, not if you keep a verse in the chapter context, the chapter in the book context, the book in the New Testament or Old Testament context, and the Testament in the total context. In other words, the larger the amount of the Bible that is included in your “Statement of Faith and Practice”, the higher degree of probability do you have of high fidelity with what God through the Holy Spirit, through Jesus, the Apostles, and Prophets had put in there in the first place. This is implied in the statement by the Apostle Peter that “no scripture is of any private interpretation”. The interpretation of Jesus is to be found in the writings of the Apostles; the interpretation of the Apostles is to be found by the inherent agreements through the Spirit between the writing of one Apostle with another; and the Apostles, especially
Paul, Matthew, and Jesus specialized in the interpretation of the Old Testament Prophets, quoting often in their writings from the Prophets and then…”

(2) You can free download it from SunGrist at…

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