What is a Baptist?

FAQs

Q: What do Baptist Christians believe?
A: In Jesus Christ as "the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6) and in the Bible as the foundation for all our beliefs and practice.

Q: Are Baptist churches a new thing ?
A: No, we have quite a bit of history. Dunchurch Baptist Church has been meeting for over 170 years, but Baptist churches go back to the same movement which gave birth to the Anglican church in the 16th & 17th centuries.

Q: Why Baptist?
A: It's name others gave us because of our practice of baptising only those who, being old enough to choose, have made a personal decision to be a Christian.

Q: What else is distinctive about a Baptist church?
A: We believe that the church is people – Christians who gather together for worship and who strive to be a loving community. Everyone is encouraged to play their part in the life and work of the church, and we make decisions collectively to direct the affairs of the church.

Q: What about the services?
A: Worship in Baptist churches is rarely to a set pattern, but reflects the world we live in. There is usually a relaxed feel. The Bible and its relevance for today is given a high profile.

Q: Is that all?
A: Baptists have been at the forefront of missionary activity; and we have always promoted religious freedom & tolerance.

For more information about what makes a Baptist, visit the website of the Baptist Union.