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 Offices – 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