Just what makes a Baptist, a Baptist? What are the beliefs that set Baptists apart from other Christian churches, and are they of any real importance for the local church member who just wants to follow Jesus? Four centuries of Baptists have found those distinctive beliefs to be the command of Jesus in the Scripture, have expressed their love for him by holding and practicing them, and have passed that sacred trust down to us. A church which fails to know and value its Baptist identity becomes subject to error and false teaching and loses the heritage for which its Baptist ancestors were willing to suffer and die.
The sermons in this book provide a helpful introduction to the beliefs which distinguish Baptists from other Christian groups and churches, and help readers to consider those beliefs in their proper level of importance. Extensive guides to additional resources in the distinctive beliefs of Baptists and in doctrinal preaching are provided for those desiring further study and for pastors interested in developing similar messages. Includes endorsements from Chuck Kelley and Lloyd Harsch of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Fisher Humphreys of Beeson Divinity School.