bible character

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on being a Baptist

Charles Spurgeon has been called the Prince of Preachers, and rightly so. He was a Baptist preacher and I am glad to be one as well! This is what he had to say about being a Baptist. spurgeon

Spurgeon made the following statement on April 2, 1861 in a great Baptist conference hosted by the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, England.

“We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther and 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 days of Christ, and our principles, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel under ground 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 Government, and we will never make the Church, although the Queen, the despot over the consciences of men.”

 

What made David…David?

ImageIf you had to choose a Bible character that you most admired who would it be and why?  Of course Jesus Christ would be at the top of the list, but who else do you really admire?

David

David would have to be right up there on my list of most admired. His story is really so amazing! I think if I had to choose one word that best describes David it would be integrity. When David was on the run from King Saul he had many opportunities to be dishonest, selfish, to take matters into his own hands, but he didn’t. He maintained his integrity. I know David was just a man, and like all men a sinner, but he was a man who walked with God. He is a man to be admired.

Integrity – Purity; genuine, unadulterated, unimpaired state;

I’m studying the life of David right now, and preparing to teach on part of his life to the young people at our church. This verse has always been a theme for our youth ministry, and it’s almost as if Paul is saying to Timothy, be a David!

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

 

I plan to share some more lessons I’ve learned from David’s life in upcoming posts, but until then feel free to share your most admired Bible character in the comments, and include a word or two that best describes that character. Thanks!