Why is Crossroads a Baptist church? Series from 9.16 through 11.18
Many people have the wrong idea about what it means to be Baptist. Sometimes, the wrong idea comes from outside a Baptist church, and, other times, the wrong idea comes from within the Baptist church.
We haven't been taught, or we need to be reminded.
I want to show you how being Baptist isn't bad or wrong. I believe you'll see that its Biblical, but I also believe that you realize there are churches that aren't Baptist by name that are also Biblical.
Please purpose to join us in person for this powerful Biblical series of messages that is sure to enlighten and inform.
My greatest desire is to teach our people why we are what we are, and why we do what we do!
The Bible is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice because the Bible is inspired by God and bears the absolute authority of God Himself. Whatever the Bible affirms, Baptists accept as true. No human opinion or decree of any church group can override the Bible. Even creeds and confessions of faith which attempt to articulate the theology of Scripture do not carry Scripture's inherent authority. 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20, 21
The local church is an independent body accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the church. All human authority for governing the local church resides within the local church itself. Thus the church is autonomous, or self-governing. No religious hierarchy outside the local church may dictate a church's beliefs or practices. Autonomy does not mean isolation. A Baptist church may fellowship with other churches around mutual interests and in an associational tie, but a Baptist church cannot be a "member" of any other body.Colossians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 19, 23
"Priest" is defined as "one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God." Every believer today is a priest of God and may enter into His presence in prayer directly through our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. No other mediator is needed between God and people. As priests, we can study God's Word, pray for others, and offer spiritual worship to God. We all have equal access to God-whether we are a preacher or not. 1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 5:9, 10
The local church should practice two ordinances: (1) baptism of believers by immersion in water, identifying the individual with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, and (2) the Lord's Supper, or communion, commemorating His death for our sins. Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32