“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
“Only the freedom of the gospel liberates us from the worship of idols, including the idolatry of the self, so that we might serve the living and true God and await the Son from heaven whom God raised from the dead (1Thess 1:9-10; Tit 2:11-14; Acts 1:11).”
Re-envisioning Baptist Identity: A Manifesto for Baptist Communities in North America
What comes to mind when you hear “Baptists”?
Maybe some good memories of a potluck or hymn sing or revival you once attended. Perhaps, a joke. Or, maybe something more negative – like Bible-Thumpers who yell or shout hellfire and brimstone.
Some baggage has sometimes been associated with the word “Baptist” – leading some Baptist Churches to stop using the name altogether. We believe that, while we are a flawed group of people (like all Christians), there is much to value about being Baptist. Though, of course, it is always secondary to what we value about being Christians – and brothers and sisters of Christians in other Christian groups and denominations.