Baptist Distinctives

 

  • Bible is the sole authority for faith and practice
    – 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13
  • Autonomous (independent, self-governing) local churches
    – Colossians 1:18, Acts 20:28
  • Priesthood of all believers
    – Hebrews 4:14-16, 10:19, 1 Peter 2:5
  • Two church offices: Pastor(Bishop, elder) and Deacon
    – 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Philippians 1:1, Acts 6:3
  • Individual soul liberty (responsibility)
    – 1 John 2:27, Romans 14:5, 12
  • Saved and Baptized church membership
    – Acts 2:41, 47
  • Two church ordinances, Baptism by immersion of believers only, and the Lord’s Supper
    – 1 Cointhians 11:2, 23-24, Romans 6:1-6, Acts 8:36-37, Col 2:12
  • Separation of church and state
    – Acts 4:18-20, Acts 5:27-29, Matt 22:21

An expanded version of this acrostic, along with more detailed explanations can be found at
All About Baptists.com

Acrostic developed in the early 1960s by L. Duane Brown
when he was pastor of Pine Valley Baptist Church, Pine Valley, N.Y