What do Baptists Believe?

Baptists?  What are they?

Baptists are the largest evangelical denomination in the world, and they follow the greatest Jew who ever lived.  They believe salvation is not received by doing good works, but that it is a gift of God, received only by faith alone.  Baptism is not necessary for salvation, but is an outward profession of faith.  Baptists do not believe in child baptism, since, in the book of Acts, only believers are baptized.  Thus, Baptism is an act of obedience for a believer in Messiah.

Baptists believe the Tenach, including the Torah, to be the Word of God with no mistakes in its original form.  Baptists consider themselves conservative Biblically because they think the Scriptures should be read literally, not symbolically.  This method of interpretation leads to a belief that Israel still has a yet future purpose in God’s plan.  God is not done with His people and His promises are still valid.  However, all people, including the Jewish people, have a sin problem.  We are all still in desperate need a blood sacrifice to cover our sin, or else we cannot be with God for eternity.  God provided the final blood sacrifice by sending His Son, the Messiah, to die instead of us.

The Tenach also contains over 300 specific prophecies about the Messiah, and Baptist believe these were all fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah.

Jesus spoke with great authority:

Yeshua said,

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)

Yeshua said,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)