What is a Baptist?

The name Baptist represents a series of beliefs, not a denomination. While this acrostic is not exhaustive of all Baptist distinctives, it should give an idea of what makes us Baptist.

 

Biblical Authority

The Bible is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice

Autonomy of the Local Church

Each church is to be self governed and free from outside interference

Priesthood of the Believer

Every believer has equal access to the Father 

Two Ordinances

Baptism (by immersion) and Communion

Individual Soul Liberty

We believe that every person has the right to believe and worship as they see fit

Saved and Baptized Church Membership

These two characteristics have always made up the members of any New Testament church

Two Officers

Pastor (elder,bishop referring to same office) and deacon

Separation of Church and State

We believe the government should not interfere with the church and in a distinction between the two entities