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BAPTIST Principles

An independent Baptist church is a church that is self-governing under the Headship of Jesus Christ and free from outside control from any denomination, convention, or governing authority.

Baptist: A Baptist church is a church which adheres to the following distinctives:

  • Biblical authority – The Bible is our only authority for faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17).
  • Autonomy of the local church – Each local church is sovereign and cannot be controlled by a board, hierarchical system, government, or another church (Matthew 18:15-17; 22:17-21).
  • Priesthood of believers – Every believer can go directly to God without a human intercessor (Hebrews 4:14-16).
  • Two ordinances The Lord's supper and believer's baptism
  1. The Lord's Supper is a symbol of Christ's broken body and shed blood (I Corinthians 11:23-24).
  2. A person is baptized by immersion after believing in Jesus Christ (Acts 8:35-39).
  • Individual Soul Liberty – Every individual is accountable directly to God (Romans 14:1-12).
  • Saved, Baptized Church Membership – Only saved individuals who have been baptized by immersion can join the local church (Acts 2:41).
  • Two Offices – Pastor and Deacons (I Timothy 3:1-13)
  • Security of true believers all who believe in Jesus Christ are eternally secure in Christ (John 10:27-29).
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