When I was in college I learned an acronym to help me remember some things that distinguish Baptists from other religions and church groups, and it has stuck with me ever since. While we gladly bear our Baptist label that was once a term of derision for those “Anabaptists” or “rebaptizers,” never do we ever want to convey a haughty or better-than-everyone-else attitude. That’s as sinful as anything, and it shouldn’t even be hinted at. I tell the Teens of Faith all the time that all we want to do is 1) figure out what the Bible says and 2) do it.
I’m thrilled about the upcoming series and have been thinking on it for weeks. Our interim series has been very fun, but I believe the Baptist Series will solidify answers to some questions that people might wonder when they hear about our church.
- Why is church important in the first place? Can’t I have church anywhere I want?
- And why a Baptist church? Doesn’t that turn people off these days?
- What is it about a Baptist church that’s different?
- What Bible version do we use, and why?
- Are we part of something more than our church? Do we answer to the pope or some convention?
- How do Christians talk to God? Do we have to be a preacher to know Him?
- What about elders? Bishops? Priests? Deacons? Trustees? Cardinals?
- What is church membership about?
- What is baptism about? Does it save me from my sins? Does the Lord’s Table or Communion save me?
- Do Baptists believe we should sever all relationships of church and state?
These answers and more will be discussed in the coming weeks, and I anticipate a several-month series on Wednesday nights at 7pm. While we often break for special events or anything else we feel we’d like to address, the majority of the upcoming lessons will be taught from the Bible on church authority and the reasons that we are a Baptist church. I am very excited to teach it, and if anyone has any questions I’d be glad to discuss them at any time! Take care,