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Baptist Distinctives: Choice, Conviction & Cooperation

I have had the opportunity to serve the last 14 years of my life as a Southern Baptist Pastor. Over the last 5 years I have been increasingly involved in SBC life within my own State as I have worked on several levels and am currently serving as the Director for ONE8, a Church Planting [...]

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Baptist Distinctives: Church Discipline

We live in a “mind your own business” world and, sadly enough, this is the dominant attitude even in churches today. If a church member gets tired of his wife or her husband and runs out to find a new one, the expectation is that the church certainly doesn’t agree with that, but…what can we [...]

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Baptist Distinctives: The Priesthood of Believers

In the Old Testament, a priest would train for the priesthood from the ages of twenty to thirty and then be baptized into the priesthood at the age of thirty, where he would then begin his ministry. At the age of thirty, John the Baptist baptized Jesus into ministry. Not only was Jesus a priest, [...]

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Baptist Distinctives: Local Church Autonomy

Self-governing is a simple way to explain the word autonomy. As Southern Baptists, our churches are autonomous. This means that we make our own decisions within the context of our own particular churches. There is no presiding district superintendent over our churches nor do we have a bishop making staff changes for us. All of [...]

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Baptist Distinctives: The Lord’s Supper

The Scripture cites two ordinances. One of those ordinances is Baptism and the other is the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper was instituted during the Passover time and on the night prior to the betrayal and ultimate crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26: 18-29; Mark 14: 12-26; Luke 22: 7-20; 1 Corinthians 11: [...]

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Baptist Distinctives: Why are We Baptists?

  Now that Baptists make up the largest and most well equipped evangelical group in America, we are in a position to draw many into the Baptist fold simply  by our organizational strength.  Our unparalleled funding streams and training opportunities are attractive to many evangelicals, but can we say that our doctrinal distinctives are so [...]

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