Being A Baptist

The Baptist Church is a Christian denomination represented in most nations throughout the world.  While the churches vary greatly in style, and the Baptists who make them up come from many different ethnicities, cultures and economic groupings, all share four distinctive beliefs:

Biblical Authority
Baptists believe the Bible is the inspired word of God given to humankind for guidance and instruction on how to live life to its fullest.

Congregational Government
Baptists do not have a hierarchy of positions within their churches or their denomination. We believe all members are equal, all are able to hear the voice of God, and all have a contribution to make to the church. We relate to one another and support one another, but each separate congregation makes decisions on how their church will function.

Believer’s Baptism
Baptists believe baptism is for believers; a sign of an individual’s faith in Christ and their commitment to following Him. We believe that the preferred means of baptism is full immersion.

Liberty of Conscience
Baptists believe in the freedom of religion and the separation of church and state.

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