Core Principles of Baptist Church (02:41)
Baptists by name believe in the essential nature of baptism as a public display of life. Other key issues are individual and soul liberty (the soul is competent before God), freedom from creeds, congregant equality, and church autonomy.
Baptist Mission Programs (02:50)
Missions are divided between foreign and home missions, and are designed to teach and preach the gospel. Baptist missionaries are at work on every continent. African American Baptists started as a reaction against racism.
How to Become a Baptist Minister (03:18)
Local Baptist churches have autonomy to choose ministers, but may ask other congregation leaders to collaborate on decisions. A person so vetted would attend seminary for several years to earn the Masters of Divinity degree.
Baptist Beliefs (02:28)
Some Baptists trace the beginnings of the Church back to the biblical John the Baptist, and others believe the Church is a natural outgrowth of the Reformation. Baptists do not lump themselves in with other religions and bodies of believers.
Baptist Church: Adult Baptism and Biblical Authority (03:06)
Baptism symbolizes that a person chooses freely to accept Jesus Christ. Only adults are capable of making that choice. It is on the authority of the Bible that Baptists base beliefs. Individuals choose to interpret the Bible in their own way.
Interior of Baptist Church (03:17)
Shiloh Deacon James H. Grigsby III tours viewers through Shiloh Baptist Church. Visitors to the church would hear God's work from the minister, from songs, and from prayer.
Sermon Topics in Baptist Church (03:08)
Sermon subjects in the Baptist Church are largely topical, and the ministers may choose the "Word" for each Sunday. The choice may be based on need, current events, or inspiration. African-American Baptists do not believe in predestination.
Baptist Ordinances: Baptism and Lord's Supper (01:02)
Baptists use the term "ordinances" rather than "sacraments" when referring to baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptists assert that baptism and the Lord's Supper are symbols and are not necessary for salvation.
Baptist Church Leadership (02:54)
The Bible teaches that Christians are called to serve and minister to others in Christ's name, but some are called to function in specific roles as pastors and deacons. An African-American church has an important function in the lives of its members.
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