What is a Baptist

What is a Baptist?

Below is a glimpse of significant distinctions of most Baptists.

 

BIBLE CENTERED. 

The BIBLE is the sole authority for all we believe and do.

 

AUTONOMOUS CHURCH.

Autonomous means "self-governing."  The members of the local church own the church

building/property and govern the church. The local association of Southern Baptist

churches (Arundel Baptist Network), the state convention of churches (Baptist

Convention of Maryland/Delaware), and the national convention of churches (Southern

Baptist Convention) support the ministry of the local church, but have no authority

over the local churches.

 

PRIESTHOOD of the BELIEVER.

We believe that each person is free to come to God in prayer to confess sin and

self-commitment without the need of clergy or other religious professionals.

 

BELIEVERS BAPTISM.

We believe that a person should first become a believer in Jesus as Savior and

Lord, and then baptized to signify their commitment to Him. We do not

baptize infants or small children since they are not mature enough to trust in

Jesus for salvation from sin.

 

IMMERSION BAPTISM. 

Immersion (complete submersion of a person in water) symbolizes that the

believer has died to his/her old way of life and has been raised to a new way of life

in Jesus Christ.  We believe that all the baptisms in the Bible were by immersion.  The

Greek word baptism literally means "to immerse, dip".

 

SECURITY of the BELIEVER.

We believe that once a person trusts in Jesus for salvation, that he or she will

not fall away from trusting in Jesus, nor loose his or her salvation.

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