Announcing the New IBNet Blog

Welcome to the new IBNet blog.  The purpose of this blog is to present positive, compelling, biblically-based, Christ-centered reasons for our faith and practice. We hope to further a Baptist worldview among independent Baptists and around the world. A Baptist worldview is one that recognizes the Bible as our final source of authority for all […]

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Helping Grace

This is post #2 in a series on Grace. Grace is a gem with many facets. Peter said as much when he admonished us, As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10) “Manifold” means numerous or varied, and […]

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Achieving Greatness

(outline adapted from Mark 9:30-41) There is nothing wrong with wanting to be great.  Everything is wrong, however, with pursuing greatness outside of the parameters set by Christ.  Just as the mistakes of the first-born child can serve to instruct his younger siblings and protect them from repeating his errors, the mistaken concept of greatness […]

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Priestly Praying

“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood…a royal priesthood…” “…and hath made us…priests unto God…“ I Peter 2:5, 9 (selected) Revelation 1:6 Levitical priesthood law, according to Hebrews 7:11-19, has changed. “There was made of necessity a change” because the priests who were Aaron’s direct-line descendants engaged in a […]

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First, Grace

This is post #1 in a series on Grace. Perhaps the most famous hymn in Christendom is John Newton’s “Amazing Grace”. It can arguably be said that no one described grace better than he when he said, Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch; like me! I once was lost, but now […]

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