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Pastor Ed Rice, Good Samaritan Baptist Church, Dresden NY 14441
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What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
The believers faith is the whole subject of Hebrews 11, in Galatians it is the 7th fruit of the 9 listed, in 2Peter virtue and 6 additional things are added to it, but in Hebrews 6 faith is one of the 1st principles of the oracles of God. There are 5 fundamentals for the Fundamentalist Christian, and 8 distinctives for a true Baptist, but Hebrews 6 lists 7 fundamentals as the 1st oracles of God which need to be grounded in a believer before they move to the meat of God's Word. These 1st principles of the oracles of God are 1) the principles of the doctrine of Christ,” who he was and what he did; 2) “The foundation of repentance from dead works,” because “except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish” and all 'Christian Religion' is polluted with 'dead works;' 3) “the foundation of faith toward God,” here our prime subject is linked directly with repentance as in Acts 20:21; 4) “the doctrine of baptisms,” notice the plural, there is no water present when we are 'baptized' into the body of Christ, nor when Christ “baptizes us with the Holy Ghost,” indeed water only shows up for immersion that pictures death and resurrection, not washing; 5) “the doctrine of laying on hands,” for both ordaining as a pastor or deacon, the only 2 offices of the Church, and for removing one from that office, 6) “The doctrine of resurrection of the dead;” and lastly 7) “the doctrine of eternal judgment,” emphasis on ETERNAL! I have read many books which outline fundamentals and distinctives of our faith. Only this one lists these 1st principles of the oracles of God, and commands that you know them all backward and forward, before going further. Let's hit the book.
An Essay for week #6 Sun, Feb 13, 11
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