Gewreka Robertson Sherva Winchester

We will be presenting the Baptist Church. The Baptist Church was founded by John Smyth in 1611 on English soil. The first Baptist theology was known as Arminian, which was to emphasize that Christ died for all people and that salvation was possible for all. Later in the 1630’s Particular Baptist churches emerged in England, teaching that Christ died only for the elect and salvation was not possible for all people, but only to particular individuals. There have been fourteen Baptist associations founded from 1827-1965 and they are as follows: 1) Primitive Baptists – founded 1827 2) Southern Baptist Convention – founded 1845 3) Baptist General Conference – founded 1852 4) North American Baptist Conference – founded 1865 5) General Association of General Baptist Churches – founded 1870 6) National Baptist Convention of America – founded 1895 7) National Primitive Baptist Convention – founded 1907 8) American Baptist Churches in the USA – founded 1907 9) American Baptist Association – founded 1924 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) General Association of Regular Baptist Churches – founded 1932 National Association of Freewill Baptists – founded 1935 Reformed Baptist Church – founded 1954 Progressive National Baptist Convention – founded 1961 New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches – founded 1965

Among these fourteen Baptist foundations there has been a wide variety of beliefs. The reason so many associations/churches of Baptist were formed is because one association stood against the convention system and the policies of the Southern Baptist Convention. They all believed in the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy

Spirit. Their views began to differ when it came to their beliefs about the church, some believed Jesus Himself established the church; others believed the church is the fundamental unit of missionary work in the world. While others believed the universal church is the living spiritual body of Christ of which Christ is the head. This information is important to someone who is not a member of the Church of Christ because they will know how to distinguish truth from error or doctrine of man from the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 4:4-6 tells us, there is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling…”; In Colossians 1:18, it tells us “…Christ is the head of the body, the church…..”; scripture also, tells us in I Corinthians 14:33, “… that he is not the author of confusion…” Our headquarters are established in heaven and not here on earth: Hebrews 12:23, Revelations 20:15, and Luke 10:20. This topic is relevant to my classmates and me because as Christians we are called to evangelize to those that are not in Christ. We may have friends and family members who are associated with the Baptist denomination and it behooves us to be knowledgeable about manmade doctrines in order to meet people where they are to bring them to Christ. Sources: The Complete Guide to Christian Denominations by Ron Rhodes The Holy Bible, King James Version