What is baptist?
it is when you shower for the love of god
The title 'First Baptist' is assigned to the literal 'first' baptist church established in the area. Southern Baptist is a denomination. There are many Baptist denominations. As such a Southern Baptist church CAN be called "First Baptist" if they were the first Baptist church in the town. However, the First Baptist Church in the denomination could be a different Baptist denomination.
"Southern Baptist" is a denomination or convention of Baptist churches. Baptist churches who choose to fellowship as members of the Southern Baptist Convention, would describe themselves as Southern Baptist. A Baptist church that chooses to describe itself as "Independent Baptist" chooses not to consider itself as a formal member of a Baptist denomination. However, they may choose to "fellowship with" or "associate with" a denomination, association, or convention of Baptist churches.
1st Baptist churches are not a separate denomination they are the first Baptist church that was established in a certain town or city. Most 1st Baptist churches are southern Baptist (although outside of the south this is not always true). As Southern Baptist churches most 1st Baptist church believe in the basic tenants of the Southern Baptist Convention as laid out in the Baptist Faith and Message.
There are dozens and probably hundreds of Baptist organizations around the world. Strictly speaking, it is difficult even to talk about Baptist "denominations"; most Baptist groups function as conventions or associations of churches, without a strong central church government. This is because a fundamental characteristic of Baptist churches is the autonomy of the local church. However, it is possible to talk about distinct "denominations" or conventions among Baptists. In the USA, the largest is the…