Why Baptist?

Each church and religion has its own sets of beliefs and practices. The beliefs and practices of the Baptist are based solely on the Bible. We do not follow the dogma or creeds of any man or other organization. From the Bible we draw these main "distinctives" that separate us from all other religions and denominations.

Biblical Authority

We believe that the Bible is the final authority on all matters of faith and practice. The Bible is the absolute, infallible Word of God, bearing the His authority. As Baptists, we believe that no man, creed, organization, committee has the ability to override what the Bible declares. 2 Timothy 3:15–17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20, 21

Autonomy of the Local Church

The church is a fully independent body of called out believers meeting for the purpose of worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ. The local Church has one head, Jesus Christ. No convention, man, or other church may preside or dictate the actions, beliefs, or governments of another church. All human authority is decided from within the church alone. Colossians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 8:1–5, 19, 23

Priesthood of the Believer

The believer is endowed with the ability to go before the throne of God without any mediator besides Christ. No other priest or pastor is needed to pray, commune, or confess to God. All believers have equal access to God. 1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 5:9, 10

Two Ordinance

The Lord left the church to practice two symbolic ordinances. These ordinances impart no saving power and are not required for salvation, however, Christ did command they be practiced. One is baptism by immersion, signifying the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. The other is the Lord's supper giving memorial to the body and blood of Christ during His death. Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–32

Individual Soul Liberty

God gives every human the opportunity to believe and practice whatever religion he chooses. No one has right to push any beliefs on any other person. Baptist have always opposed religious persecution. Romans 14:5, 12; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Titus 1:9

Saved Church Membership

Local Church membership is granted only to those who profess a testimony of salvation. Unity in the church is only possible if the members are equally yolked. Acts 2:41–47; 1 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 4:3

Two Offices

Only two offices exist within the church: pastor and deacon. There is no further hierarchy inside the church. 1 Timothy 3:1–13; Acts 20:17–38; Philippians 1:1

Separation of Church and State

God established both government and the church, however, niether is to rule over the other. They are to be separate entities. That does not mean that those in government cannot be involved in church and those in church offices cannot be involved in government. Only that there is not to be an official religion or for religion to rule over people. Matthew 22:15–22; Acts 5:17–29