The Baptist denomination, like other denominations, is a Christian Community united together as a body upon the basis of commonly shared religious perspectives, principles, interests and practices.
The Baptist Faith - What We Believe
As a Protestant denomination, the Baptist denomination was formed as a significant group that broke away from the English Church in the seventeenth century in the revolt to the government’s intrusion in religious affairs. As a result, the Baptist established and continues to maintain “Religious Liberty” as a cornerstone and a fundamental element of its denomination’s religious principles.
Religious liberty refers to the rejection by Baptists and many other Protestants, of government or civil authority that is imposed, exercised, or exerted over a person’s religious opinions, right to worship or the church’s right to govern himself as a religious body.
In addition to its position on the issue of “Church and State,” the Baptist also agree in their religious perspectives concerning certain teaching (doctrines) and religious practices, which are distinctions of Baptist from other denominations, including (all based on New Testament understanding and perspective) the following doctrines.
Principles and Practices
The Baptist Church has two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (often called Communion). These are known as ordinances inasmuch as they are religious practices the church is commanded by Christ to practice and keep.
The Scriptures teach that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, to show in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the Crucifixion, burial, and rising of our Savior. (Romans 6:4)
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Church Membership Responsibilities
Be a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, Teachable) Christian
The church member has sacred responsibilities. When a person becomes a member of God’s family; it is his/her privilege and duty to play his/her part in forwarding and helping the cause of Jesus Christ, God has a plan for the world, and the church member, as a Christian, should fit into this plan. Here are some of his responsibilities.