Ever wonder what makes a Baptist Church a Baptist Church?
- Baptists believe that the Bible is the final authority for us. No word of man or council of men can ever supersede the Bible.
- Baptists believe that the local church is an independent body accountable to no one but our Lord. There is no person or organization on earth that can dictate what a local church can or should do.
- Baptists believe that every believer today is a priest and may enter the presence of God directly through the Mediator, our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. There is no need for any human mediator.
- Baptists believe the Bible teaches that there are only two ordinances for the local church to practice today—baptism and communion.
- Baptist believe that every individual has the liberty to believe as his own conscience or soul dictates. A person should not be forced to believe anything against his will.
- Baptists believe that every person who is saved should be baptized and join a local church. Furthermore, only saved and baptized individuals should be allowed to become members of a local church.
- Baptists believe the Bible teaches that there are only two offices in the church—pastor and deacon. There is no scriptural support for the hierarchy of offices in many churches today.
- Baptists believe the church and state are two separate spheres, and the one should never control the other.