It was my privilege to preach at a small country Baptist church this past Sunday. My sermon for that evening was to help them better understand why being a Baptist church matters. The outline for the sermon is this:
Baptists – where did the name come from?
1) Baptism: Mode, Candidates, Significance
2) Nature of the local church: Local autonomy, Offices, Membership, Relation to civil governments
3) Liberty of Conscience
4) Authority of Scripture: Individual responsibility to know the Word of God and live in light of eternity.