Baptists refer to a group of Christian churches, individuals and denominations that practice baptism by immersion and believe in salvation by faith alone. The Bible or the Scripture is their sole rule of practice and faith.

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New Testament

What song says the Lord's Prayer at the end?

lets roll, by dc talk

New Testament

What is meant by passion narrative?

The passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ according to John..

Passion meaning the sufferings that Our Lord went through from the Agony in the Garden, the scourging at the pillar, the crowning with thorns, the carrying of the cross and the ultimate cruxifixion and death.

Comparative Religions and Denominations

What are the similarities and differences of the Catholic and Methodist churches?

Similarities of Catholic and Methodists
  • Catholics and Methodists believe in the holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit).
  • Methodists and Catholics share the same Doctrine of Justification.
  • Both follow some form of Apostolic Succession.
  • Sign of the cross and votive candles, though more common in Catholicism are used in both.
  • Hagiography, or study of the Saints, is encouraged.
  • Both practice infant bapitsm.
  • Prayer beads (rosaries) can be used in both churches, but are more common in Catholicism.
  • Both use altars and have either an altar cross or crucifix.
  • Both recite the same Creeds (Nicene, Apostle's, etc).
  • Both consider themselves part of the Communion of Saints and the Holy Catholic Church. (In this case "Holy Catholic Church" means part of the church on a global scale.)
  • Both bow when aproaching the altar.
  • Ministers and Bishops must be ordained.
  • Catholics hold that the Roman Catholic Church's teachings and traditions are as important as the Scripture, whereas Methodists teach that truth comes from Scripture only.
  • Though the Methodist church does not deny the historical content of the Apocrypha, it does not consider it to be a Holy Book as the Catholic church does.
  • The most important piece of the Catholic Mass is receiving the body and blood of Jesus Christ through communion; the focus of a Methodist service is on the readings and liturgies. When Methodists receive communion, they believe that Jesus is spiritually, not physically, present. Catholics serve a closed table 9only Catholics may partake) while Methodists serve an open (anybody who feels inclined may partake).
  • Catholics Have 7 Sacraments but Methodists have only 2 ,the Eucharist and Holy Baptism.
  • Confession is required in the Catholic faith, but optional in Methodism.
  • Methodists ordain women, Catholics do not.
The Difference Between

How is a Lutheran church different from a Baptist church?

Both Lutherans and Baptists are churches of the reformation. Generally, Lutherans are much more structured, while Baptists are more independent. In fact, there are as many differences between different Baptist denominations are there are between Baptists and Lutherans. Some differences between Baptists and Lutherans include:

Baptism doctrine

For Lutherans, baptism is a sacrament and a means of grace. The mode of application in a Lutheran baptism is not important and it is usually delivered by the pouring or sprinkling of water while it is, nevertheless, considered a total spiritual washing and rebirth. There is no proper, awaited age for baptism, as the work in baptism is seen to be God's, thus infants are baptized as soon as possible. The only necessities for a valid baptism are "water and the Word;" and baptisms must be performed in the trinitarian formula (in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.) Adults previously 'unbaptized' also receive this. Godparents make a vow to spiritually nurture a baptized infant in his faith until he "affirms" a role in his own faith in the vows of his confirmation, which is more accurately called "Affirmation of Baptism." Baptism itself in likened to birth or adoption, where God gives new life and claims the child.

For Baptists, baptism is a testimony of a preceding act of repentance and the decided, personal acceptance of Christ as a personal Saviour, Baptism is not a requirement to be saved, but is an act of obedience. Baptist baptism is administered by full immersion as symbolic of the total washing away of sins. Only persons of an age to decide this for themselves and make a personal decision can be considered saved. If you had been baptized in a Lutheran Church as a baby you would be considered unbaptized in a Baptist context. Therefore if, as a Lutheran, you wished to formally join a Baptist church, they would require that you be baptised. For Lutherans, one Baptism is all that is ever needed - even if a person strays from the church, then returns.

Holy Communion

Another difference is the official doctrine of what the bread and wine represent in Communion. Lutherans hold to the idea that the elements actually and truly are the body and blood of Christ - known as the "True Presence" - (although not going as far as the "Transubstantiation" explanation of the Roman Catholic church).

Some Baptists regard them as a symbolic representation of the body and blood, while other "fundamental" Baptists believe everything in the Bible as literal including communion. Children in the Baptist church are permitted to participate from a young age if they are considered to have reached the age of accountability and accepted Christ as their own Saviour. Typically, within the Lutheran church, a period of specific instruction is required before a young person receives their 'first communion," and is allowed to fully partake in Holy Communion. Religious instruction continues with catechism classes until the instructed undergo their "Confirmation," a rite of passage in which the confirmands are given full responsibility for their own faith life. In some smaller, North American synods of Lutheranism, only after Confirmation, are youth allowed to commune. THis is also the standard practice in Australia.

Other differences

As an historic and confessional Church, Lutherans are liturgical in worship and follow the order of the Mass, though usually (especially outside Europe) without the formality of the Roman Catholic Church. Lutheran liturgy, by principle, is not chanted in Latin, but is expressed in a common language understood by all. Baptists tend to be less formal in worship style. Lutherans are also sacramentarian in theology and worship. This accounts for many of the differences in belief and worship. Both Baptism and Holy Communion are, for Lutherans, sacraments and means of grace working towards sanctification and justification and hold a high place in worship. Since Baptists believe that only acceptance of Christ as a personal Saviour is necessary for salvation, Baptists typically observe the same "sacraments," but tend to be more commemorative than sacramentarian.

New Testament

Did St. John carry Jesus's cross for Him?

No it was a Roman custom that the person who was going to be crucified should carry his own cross.
Some scripture, and most tradition, tells us that the Romans laid Jesus' cross on a Cyrenian named Simon.

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Eucharist (Communion)

Can you attend church during your monthly period and receive communion?

I know of no Christian church that restricts anything to a menstruating woman.

AnswerAs men and women are 'heirs together of the grace of life' and God who made man (generic) made the species homo sapiens both male and female and since the New Testament, which is clearly the context of the question, specifically indicates that gender is not an issue in that all are one in Christ Jesus then the only answer can be that this is not as issue for the New Testament church of today.

The Old Testament laws regarding a person being ceremonially unclean are not relevant here. These have passed away in regard to their relevance for Christians, although I believe some orthodox Jews may still observe some of them.

Let's analyze the question closely.Before a woman with a "MONTHLY PERIOD" can "RECEIVE COMMUNION", first she must "ATTEND CHURCH." The Old Testament prohibits menstruating woman from entering church and only allowed up to the outer side of the church door (Leviticus 15:19-29)..And if Matthew 5:17-19 (New Testaments) is really Jesus' words, then; menstruating women cannot "ATTEND CHURCH." If she cannot "ATTEND CHURCH" , then she cannot "RECEIVE COMMUNION inside the church. However, I can't find any restrictions in the New Testament about a menstruating women receiving communion. So maybe if the services is held outdoors, then, maybe, she can receive communion.

Quick reference

Leviticus 15:29 And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven

Before anyone is tempted to delete my answer again because it does not agree with what they believed in, please see "Discuss Question" page first...

AnswerIn relation to the above answer it must be asserted that it is both theologically and factually incorrect. The context is clearly the Christian church as the Old Testament does not have church or communion. As detailed below the Old Testament ceremonial laws do not apply to Christians.

Secondly, verses taken out of context from the Bible do not prove an argument. Church is not mentioned in the context. The Old Testament religious worship was quite different. And 'Communion' is most certainly not mentioned and could not have been as it did not exist until about 1430 years later!

The words of Jesus from Matthew 5v17 are also de-contextualised and do not apply here as they refer to his work which fulfilled the law and the work of grace in believers who then fulfil the law through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus as the ultimate author of the law understood its meaning correctly contrary to the religious teachers of His day who He called 'blind guides' and 'fools'. Many of their regulations had gotten in the way of both love and true spiritual worship. The law was meant to help not hinder this. Thus, the final abolition of the law as symbolized by the rending of the veil at Jesus death, indicated that His sacrificial death was the final and complete fulfilment referred to in Matthew 5v 17.

Thirdly, it would be a quite simple matter to verify the accuracy of the above-mentioned proposition. If one single Christian church can be found that practices this, then the 'evidence' could be discreetly posted. It has nothing whatsoever to do with New Testament either indoors or out of doors.

On the other hand many followers of Judaism still follow the Mosaic law, where it can be applied either directly or in principle to today. An example is in relation to sabbath keeping and the prohibition against work. Lifts are provided and set so that they stop on every floor of a building to alleviate the necessity for a person to perform the work of pressing the button. In certain situations a 'sabbath days journey' is specifically defined by markers to avoid the breaking of this precept.

Christians have clearly been set free from following the provisions of the Mosaic law as Jesus' finished work on the cross fulfilled the law and superseded it. This was symbolized by the tearing of the thick curtain in the temple. Numerous New Testament scriptures demonstrate this.

For the law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1 v 17

Now we know that what things soever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped , and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no person be justified in his sight for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3 v 19-20

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3 v 24

Knowing this that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law, for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.Galatians2v16

The first council of the Christian church held at Jerusalem and presided over by James the brother of Jesus, specifically addressed this issue. Only a very few provisions were seen as being still relevant for non-Jews to follow. This discussion is recorded in Acts 15. This would have been an appropriate place to discuss the continued relevance of the law regarding women attending worship as the place of the law was specifically under discussion. In other places in the New Testament where women are discussed there also is no mention of this issue, thus, in a sense, this is all an 'argument from silence.'

Jesus' statement in Matthew 5 v 17-18 means simply that he himself was to fulfill the law perfectly, which he certainly did. The law, being given by God himself is certainly inspired and its chief purpose was to point to Christ and to show people their need of a savior. The book of Hebrews discusses much of this at length. The book of James and any other verses cited to prove that a Christian is to obey the law of Moses or do works for either salvation or in relation to church life and practice are simply taken out of context and/or misunderstood and misapplied.

In conclusion, the New Testament church and the Old Testament ceremonial religious practices have little in common. The New Testament is much more inclusive and universal in its application.

you may attend the church during your monthly period but you can't receive communion because we all believe that we take the blood of JESUS while the communion so it makes no sense to take the blood of JESUS and then to throw it out of your is a precious jewel that you should keep it and not to throw it...


Can a Baptist deacon remarry after divorce?

Yes, generally speaking, anyone can remarry, HOWEVER, in some Baptists churches, deacons and other staff members cannot be divorced, so if a deacon gets divorced, he may no longer qualify to be a deacon.

The Difference Between

What is the difference between a Baptist and a Methodist church?

One of the biggest differences between these two denominations is, to put it succinctly, "how wet you get" at baptism. Baptists accept only baptism by immersion, while Methodists tend towards the "sprinkling" method of baptism.

Both Baptist and Methodist denominations have similar governing organizations and methods of worship.

AnswerOften Methodists will hold their beliefs more loosely than Baptists. Also, some Methodists believe that one can lose their salvation. The largest group, the United Methodists, do not. This is an idea which some baptists believe is not supported by the Bible and that is a problem. They believe--once saved, always saved. However you will find that a small number of Methodists do not hold to this belief . Answer

I asked that question to a Methodist pastor and scholar and he said, "the quantity of water... Or like the other responder said, how wet do you want to get? The answer is they are similar. Having experienced both, the body we usually call Methodists are United Methodists, the largest group of Methodists in the US. We usually refer to Southern Baptists---which are both national and international---when we speak of "Baptists". The United Methodist Church is organized both nationally and regionally with centralization through area conferences. Baptists are largely independent churches affiliated through the Southern Baptist Convention. They have independence in their own governance. They hire and fire pastors and make decisions concerning their church at the local church level. Methodists have a hierarchy and pastors are given appointments, usually according to their experience. Big urban churches go to senior pastors, typically. Small, country churches go to new/younger preachers. Here are what I believe are the main differences: 1. Methodists may be baptized through sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Sprinkling is the most common form. Baptists believe in immersion. Both believe this is symbolic and does not grant you a pardon or entrance into heaven. It is simply a gesture of faith. Profound for some, not so much for others. But it is a public profession of your faith and belief in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Methodists baptize infants and young people. Baptists only baptize adults or young "believers" . Thet have to be at an age that they understand what they are doing and its meaning 2. Methodists ordain women. Baptists typically, do not. 3.Methodists have a more formal, ritualistic form of worship in traditional services. Baptists tend to be less stringent and a bit more casual in worship style (NOT IN SCRIPTURE). 4.Methodists accept the Nicene and Apostle's Creeds as core tenets of the faith, often reciting these creeds at their worship service. Baptists tend to shy away from such statements of faith as well as liturgical elements of worship. No processionals, acolytes, cross bearers or other formal acts of worship; typically, no wearing of robes/vestments by the clergy, etc. There is "The Baptist Faith and Message" which for Southern Baptists is generally accepted by members of the Convention.5. Most Methodist churches recite the Lord's prayer during services ;most Baptist churches do not. 6.Methodists come forward to the altar to receive communion. Baptists are usually served in their seats. Methodists call the Eucharist "communion". Baptists call it the Lord's Supper.7. Methodists have an altar. Baptist churches typically have no formal altar. The reason, I am told, is because it was traditionally viewed as a place of sacrifice and was a Catholic church feature representing Christ's sacrifice for us. Its use was not adopted by the Baptists. 8. Methodist churches observe Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Palm Sunday, Lent, Pentecost, Advent and every Holy season and day imaginable. Baptists typically do not. 9. Methodists use communion as a sort of "altar call" to get people to come up front and become part of the service and the church. Baptists have an "altar call" in which they invite people to come forward and confess publicly their need for Christ and invite him to become part of their lives(part?). Sometimes they may confess publicly their sins or give a testimony.10. Methodists worship in a style that is historically more quiet, subdued and contemplative. Baptists are louder, tend to sing louder, praise louder and close their bibles louder than Methodists. Maybe a little livelier in STYLE. those are the differences I have experienced. Here are the similarities: BOTH pray. Both praise and sing.. Both love the Bible..Both encourage missions. Both Evangelize. Both help the poor. Both believe in a democratic, full and open salvation for EVERYONE. Both believe in the TRINITY. Both believe in a personal relationship with JESUS CHRIST. Both believe in faith. Both believe in GRACE. And Both meet several times a week---especially on Sundays.

A good friend of mine who grew up in the Methodist Church told me that the difference between a Methodist and Baptist is that Methodists are Baptist with brains!!! My parents are life-long Methodists and I am an Episcopalian but I do know there are far more differences between Southern Baptists then the UMC.

American Baptists are much more moderate and have been openly courted by the UMC since the SBC grew increasingly more conservative and fundamentalist.

The UMC has historically aligned itself with the other great liberal mainline denominations like the Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church and the the Evangelical Lutherans. The Southern Baptists, unlike the Methodists do not recognize any sacraments, adhere to the Apostolic Succession, liturgical worship, rituals, Nicene and Apostles Creeds, ecumenicalism or ordination of deacons, elders and bishops, like the UMC.

The Methodists are much more apt to be socially more progressive, open-minded about theological matters and doctrine, and better educated. The Methodists like my church, are certainly not fundamentalists when it comes to the Bible. The UMC does not believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible like the Baptists. In the Baptist churches, they call their sanctuaries auditoriums. When it comes to abortion rights the United Methodist Church has been a strong defender and advocate of allowing women to make that private decision. The SBC is fervently pro-life and condemns abortion with o exceptions whatsoever! When it comes to sexual orientation the UMC despite its unwillingness to approve of gay ordination and marriage, is still more accepting than the Southern Baptists. Most of the Bishops and clergy in the UMC are supportive of allowing gays to serve openly as ministers and to perform marriages. You won't find that in the SBC at all.


What is Baptist church ushers attire?

Most ushers wear a suit and tie. There are usually no robes or vestments in the Baptist Church.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

How are Southern Baptist ministers licensed?

A local Southern Baptist Church, which is self-governing, and in charge of all of its own affairs, will recognize that a young person (usually a young man) has a call to ministry and is showing the gifts thereof. Led by its pastor and perhaps at the young man's request, it will first, license him to the ministry. This is a recognition of his calling. At a later time, perhaps after college or seminary, but not necessarily, he will be ordained by that church or another Baptist church to the Gospel Ministry. Ordination is usually done at the time the young minister becomes pastor of his first church. Ordination is a right and responsibility of a local Baptist church, and not any of the various Baptist denominations

Famous Quotations

What are some poems about church ushers?

The only one i have found is called "Your Usher" by Raymond a. Foss. It can be found on line


Can christians drink coffee while fasting?

You decide what you are fasting. There are different types of fasts. You can fast anything. You can do a fast where you only drink juice, or you may only drink water and eat crackers, or you may just not eat meat and sweets. The important thing about fasting is the condition of your heart and why you are fasting. It is all about the spirit that you do it in. There is no set rule about what you fast or for how long. God will honor your sacrifice if you fast in the right spirit. Please read Isaiah 58. It will tell how to fast acceptably to God.

Michael Phelps

Is Michael Phelps' father the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church?

No, differant Phelps family.


Why did Faith Baptist Church in Layton Utah change its constitution to allow Pastor Chuck Beickel to continue as a divorced pastor?

Because the congregation is obviously and blatantly ignorant of the Biblical requirements for local church officers.


There are folks there at FBC-Layton whose attitude is like this: "I was here before Chuck Beickel was and I'm not leaving…he should leave not me…It's my church…"

I Timothy 3:2-7 Lists the BIBLICAL qualifications for the office of pastor. Included in this list is:

(1) "...the husband of one wife..." [i.e. not a divorcee ... marital integrity]

For centuries reliable New Testament scholars understood this phrase to mean: "not a divorced man". Within recent years however, this sound interpretation has changed. Why ? God's Word is now being twisted in order to accommodate ministers with marital problems & divorcee status.

(2) " who rules his own house well ... if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God ?

A Christian minister's first and most important God-given obligation is to his own family.

Family BEFORE ministry... this is the biblical order.

Pastoral family qualifications are also listed in Titus 1:5-9

Notice here even a minister's children are mentioned, "...having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination..."

There must be domestic and marital stability within the home.

When a Christian minister demonstrates domestic instability and fails to maintain marital integrity, he should do the right thing and humbly STEP DOWN.

A Christian minister's first and most important God-given obligation is to his own family.

Family BEFORE ministry... this is the biblical order.

These passages taken together indicate clearly that a Christian minister who has domestic, i.e. family, conflicts - between husband & wife, or serious problems with children - is not qualified to hold the office of pastor.

Pastoral qualifications are also listed in the following passages:

(a) Titus 1:7

"For a bishop must be... not self-willed..."

A pastor is not to have an attitude like; "It's either my way or the highway... I'm in charge here, if you don't like it, get out"

Commentaries on this phrase:

-- Not one who is determined to have his own way in everything; setting up his own judgment to that of all others; expecting all to pay homage to his understanding. (from Adam Clarke's Commentary)

-- [He is not to be] dogmatical, impatient of contradiction, and unyielding. Such a man, evidently, is not fit for the office of a minister of the gospel.

(from Barnes' Notes)

Unfortunately, many Independent Fundamental Baptist pastors operate by self-will and are in violation of this Bible passage.

(b) I Peter 5:1-4

"...nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock..."

A pastor is not to function as a dictator within the local church but to act as a model for others to follow.

In IFB (Independent Fundamental Baptist) churches too often this verse is ignored and the pastor is an overlord & sets a really, REALLY BAD example.

In which case he is no longer qualified to lead the church even if he's a good preacher, friendly, God-called, etc., etc.

If these qualifications are ignored, the results will be:

(1) A negative testimony in the community

(2) A defective example within the local church (Who in their right mind would go to a divorced pastor for marital counseling ?)

(3) Moral-spiritual breakdown of Christianity in general.


What is the Baptist Church Covenant?

Any church covenant is simply the stated beliefs and teachings of that particular church. A Baptist church covenant is going to have the Baptist tennantes on it wich include: Baptism of saved, born again beleivers, the Lord's Supper, church planting and preaching of the gospel message.
Every Baptist church has a covenant based on the constitution and teachings of that particular church. There is no one Baptist church covenant but they are all going to have the Baptist teachings from the Bible that include: Baptism of saved, born again beleivers, the Lord's Supper, church planting, living a Christian life, witnessing, requirements for Sunday School teachers and church leaders as well as preaching of the gospel message.


When did the Baptist denomination begin?

* Baptist actually aren't a denomination at all. They are an ekkleisia, which means a called out group. They have been here since Jesus' days. A Baptist church is a local New Testament church. Baptists are not a protestant group nor are they a denomination. * Several different opinions exist regarding Baptist roots. The common answer is that Baptists came into being in the 1500s as a result of the Reformation, and Baptist roots can be traced to the Puritan movement. John Smyth and Thomas Helwys were considered the first Baptists in this view. Information on their influence on Baptist life, can be found on Wikipedia and by other research. Though certain Baptists would agree with the above description of Baptist beginnings, other opinions also exist. The primary example is the "Baptist Succession Theory," also known as Landmarkism. This was popular in the 19th century, and argues that Baptists have existed since New Testament times. This view is mainly held by conservative fundamentalist Baptists, who believe the Baptist church has had its heritage of beliefs existing throughout church history. Landmarkism information can be found on Wikipedia and by other research.

* A considerable number of Bible-believing fundamental Baptist Churches hold that their historic beliefs are traced back to the days of the first Christian believers. They don't consider themselves technically a denomination, because of the autonomy of the local church. Standard Baptist distinctives are claimed to have existed in the early church & to have been perpetuated through history unto the current days. Historically, Baptists have held to certain distinctive doctrines, of which other Christians may or may not uphold in totality. A simple acrostic of this is:

* Biblical authority for all faith & practice (The Bible being inerrant & preserved) * Autonomy of the local church * Priesthood of every believer * Two ordinances of the church: Baptism by immersion & The Lord's Supper * Individual soul liberty (The individual right & responsibility to believe) * Salvation through faith alone (Saved membership) * Two officers of the church: Pastors & Deacons * Separation of church & state

* The order of membership in a Bible-believing Baptist church is salvation first (by trust in Christ as one's Savior), believer's baptism (in obedience to Christ's teaching), then joining a local Christ-honoring congregation.

Anabaptists in the 16th century, who practiced these distinctives, were often persecuted by other branches of Christianity. They considered that they were continuing on the faith of the early church. Anabaptist history & parallel movements can be found on Wikipedia and by other research. * Many Baptists believe as I do that Baptists really started when Christ was here. I learned about it at a school function. There is a lot of proof to back it. Baptists have gone by many different names so there is confusion. But there was John the Baptist, but that is more of a joke. Back in Jesus' days, Christians were Christians and there were no denominations, we believe in the old-fashion beliefs of Christ, so our faith begin then. We have been called Baptists since the 1600's.

Celebrity Births Deaths and Ages

How did Jan Baptist Van Helmont die?

Jan Baptist Van Helmont who was a chemist died by ingesting LSD over a long period of time. The acid eventually ate his brain.

Speech Writing

What is a sample Christmas party welcome address?

When making a Christmas party welcome address, you should keep your remarks short and to the point. People are there to spend time with each other, and while your speech could help them enjoy the night, you don't want to ramble on. Here are a few sample speeches, which you should change as needed:

"Thank you for coming out tonight. The holidays are an important time for friends and family, and we're grateful that you're spending this time with us. Please enjoy yourselves and let us know if you need anything. May we create wonderful memories tonight and in the New Year."

"I'd like to briefly welcome everyone to our home and thank you for taking the time to be with us. The holidays are important to me because they're a time for friendship, and I couldn't think of a better group to spend this night with."

"Thanks to everyone for sharing this holiday with us. We've got a lot to celebrate this year, and I'm sure we've all got some catching up to do. Please enjoy the food and drink, and if we can do anything to make the night more festive, let us know. Merry Christmas, everyone!"

When in doubt, speak from the heart, but remember that a shorter speech is generally more effective, especially at the beginning of the night. If you're worried about your public speaking skills, speak slow and take deep breaths if you get flustered. Good luck!

Salary and Pay Rates

How much do baptist minister earn?

they get about 500 a month

New Testament

What are the Duties of mothers board in a baptist church?

Well, in scripture there is no such thing as a "baptist church motherboard." Now with regard to some traditions found in African American churches in the USA, there is such a thing as the "church mother board" or "Church mothers" who are simply comprised of older women in the congregation, who have been saved for many years and are able to impart wisdom and prayers to the younger generation. This tradition is based on 1 Timothy 5:1-2 says, "Do not rebuke an older man, but appeal to him as a father. Treat younger men as brothers, ; older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters with complete purity." ; Titus 2:1-5 says,"Similarly, older women should be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to drink, teaching what is good, so that they may train younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers, submitted to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited." This is the foundational basis for having "spiritual mother's in the church." Is it an ordained position? No. However, we are to honor the elders who have persevered in the faith because we can gain so much valuable wisdom from them regarding spiritual matters. "Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."(Heb. 6:12) Hebrews 11:2 says, "For by faith the elders obtained a good reputation." Church Mother's should be available to impart great prayer and counsel to those in need.

Proper Addressing

What do you call a baptist minister Do you call him Pastor Smith Reverend Smith Mr Smith?


Pastor Smith.


Never Reverend, sometimes Brother, but usually Pastor. It varies a little between churches and individuals as to how they wish to be known. In some cases, they would be referred to as Dr. if they have a PhD in ministry/theology.


But you shouldn't call someone a doctor if they don't have a doctorate, though many elderly preachers are known to have been given honorary doctorates due to their generosity to a particular school.


Also, sometimes, Preacher Smith, or (say his first name is...Bob) you would say Preacher Bob. It depends on how formal the church is, how the pastor feels about it, and sometimes how young the pastor is.


Usually the Pastor/Preacher of the church lets you know what to call them. Most Baptist Pastor/Preacher will correct you or suggest that you call them one or the other, as far as I know, I have never heard one being called Minister or Brother by a congregation member. Now if you are also a Pastor/Preacher or another one is speaking to one, they usually call each other Brother.

To clarify on the one above:

I can't speak for churches and congregations in other places, but here in the south, it is extremely common for the congregation to call their mininster "Brother Joe". Actually, I have never even heard any member of a congregation to address or to refer to their minister as anything but "Brother Joe", especially with Baptist, Pentecostal, non-denominational, among others.

As for addressing or referring to them as "Doctor", there are quite a large number of ministers who do have a Ph.D in ministry/theology, and it is quite common to address and refer to them as "Doctor Smith".

Furthermore, "Reverend" is often thought by many to be reserved for God and Jesus, since they are the only ones to actually be revered.

Comparative Religions and Denominations
The Difference Between

What are the doctrinal differences between the Southern Baptist and Free Will Baptist churches?

A very good question for a beginning denominational lesson.

I can answer this based on my area and the books and lessons I have learned. In

each region in America there are likely slight curves or differences even in the same denomination. However the Southern Baptist are the largest and most active of all the baptists. This is not to say that the FWB don't do lots of Godly work, they do. (I'm a Freewill myself.) Furthermore the SB churches are more consolidated than the FWB church is.

You can find more differences among FWB than you can the Southern Baptists, laymen and clergy alike. In my area of eastern US including KY, VA, OH and IN there are FWB churches that are affiliated with an association. (A group of FWB united in doctrine and bylaws that cover a larger area.) The largest FWB association by far is the National FWB association and they stress tithing just as the Southern baptists do. The John-Thomas association has ministers who don't believe the bible commands the church to tithe 10 percent, but "to give cheerfully according to your ability of your money and time. God is mainly concerned with your desire to serve Him, not your ability to put 10 percent in the plate." ( I'm telling you the differences, you read and make your own decision.) Furthermore, the FWB churches are louder in their worship and less predictable in the order of things. You will see Freewill worship in a style more like a Pentecostal church except they don't practice speaking in unknown tongues or "being slain in the spirit." In some areas you may find a FWB Pentecostal or and independent church that calls themselves FWB but practice unknown tongues or being "slain in spirit".

The FWB in my area are all part of either the John-Thomas or the National Association and do not practice these relatively new ideas of Pentecost. Nevertheless the FWB do believe in shouting, running, crying, and praising God by lifting up holy hands. Most of this happens during the singing. When the preaching comes you see a more quiet, attentive ear. Although some preaching gets folks stirred up and you may hear clapping, shouting and praising but generally we do not interrupt the preaching unless guided that way by the preacher himself. Ex: "Get up church and praise Him! Let folks know you are not ashamed." Or something like that. Other services are quieter and more like a teaching service than a worship. FWB believe that saved men can willingly turn their back on God's grace and walk no more with God and be condemned to Hell if they remain that way at death. We believe that a saved person can tempt God by sinning continually to the point of apostasy and thus never be able to return to His grace.

All other Baptist including SB believe in eternal security and once you have been saved you can never fall away back into sin. (I never could understand this because all men are liable to sin and fall into sin even after salvation. God can and is willing to deliver us if we call on him. However some folks go deeper into sin after fervently serving God, but "If a righteous man turn from his righteousness to do wickedly, all the righteousness he hath done will not be remembered. HE WILL DIE IN HIS SIN" look that up. Ezekiel 3:20-21

The Southern Baptist, Regular Baptist and Primitive Baptist put less stress on baptism of water than the FWB. However all agree that the water doesn't have any ability or power to save or wash away sin. Only the Blood of Christ and our faith in that can do that.

SB services will generally include contemporary singing and the whole congregation quietly paying attention. the deacon will come by for the offering and then the preacher will preach his sermon that he has prepared. FWB generally don't prepare a drawn out sermon but preach as they have studied the bible and as they feel led of the Holy Spirit. But I have heard our minister preach a sermon and use the same general message again at another FWB church or after a while use it again. But from memory, not notes.

These are some differences. I love God's people no matter what denomination as long as they live and teach and preach the Holy Bible not some new thing. The old is sufficient. God Bless u.

The main doctrinal differences belong in two major categories. The first has to do with basic theology. Free Will Baptists are Arminian, Southern Baptists tend toward Calvinism. The main point is that Free Will Baptists believe that a person who has accepted Jesus as their Savior can, willfully and knowingly, divorce themselves from faith in Jesus Christ. This condition is known as apostasy. The person who has willingly entered into apostasy, a renunciation of faith in Christ, is forever lost and cannot be renewed again to faith. Southern Baptists, in general, do not believe that a true believer in Christ will, or sometimes can, renounce their faith in Christ.

Secondly, in the area of church ordinances, Free Will Baptists believe in three ordinances; Believer's Baptism, Lord's Supper, and Washing the Saints' Feet. Southern Baptist only believe in two ordinances; Believer's Baptism and Lord's Supper.


Did John Huffman and Trustees at Faith Baptist Church in Layton Utah condone a divorced preacher leading the Church?

no, the members of Faith Baptist Church agreed on what the Bible says and made a choice. I was told there was a 97% vote to choose their Pastor staying.


What does the purple sash mean on the cross?

A purple sash is often draped across the cross during the season of Lent, more specifically Holy Week, signifying the penitential character of the season. It is replaced by a white sash on Easter to remind us of the glory of the Resurrection of the Lord

New Testament
The Difference Between

What is the difference between a soul and a spirit?

  • Many rarely don't know the difference between soul and spirit you know in our life we can carry our soul to where ever we are going because the soul is with the men and in you, your heart can be say your soul, hence. spirit in given by God no man can give spirit and the spirit is with your soul they move together as one and the work together as well.
  • A spirit is a soul that does not inhabit a physical body at this time. We exist in subconscious mind , which is the soul, while not in a body.
  • Our Spirit represent our true self, the spark of light, the Living Force, some how we trapped into this material world via this body we use it now, and according to our desire and by the direction of Supreme Spirit (God) we utilize this body until it comes to an end. The interpretation Soul and Spirit confused by some people, so the Soul represents you as a person physical being , but Spirit is the Life Force, which use the body (the soul).
  • Your soul gives your body life. Your spirit is your free will and your emotions: love, hate, joy, sadness...

    Genesis 2:7 (KJV) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

    Genesis 35:18 (KJV) And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

    Genesis 41:7 (KJV) And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

    Genesis 41:8 (KJV) And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

    Genesis 45:27 (KJV) And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:

    Exodus 35:21 (KJV) And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD'S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.

    Proverbs 20:27 (KJV) The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

  • The spirit is that part of a human that is most identified with God. The soul is composed of the mind, the will, and the emotions.

    The spirit is changed at the moment a human gives his/her heart to Jesus Christ and is converted by God. The Holy Spirit now resides within the individual. The soul is gradually changed after conversion through a daily dying to self and sanctifying(being set apart) through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.


I have a slightly different thought on this. You soul is your spirit and when you accept the Lord Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit indwells with you. I am not speaking of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit but when you accept the Lord Jesus you are a new creature in Christ.

If I am wrong, God forgive me, please.


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