Christians believe in Jesus as God's son and our Savior. Baptists are one of the branches of the Christian faiths.
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* Christian's believe and HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS as God's Son and have invited him to enter their life. Even demons believe He is the Son of God. Being saved and therefore a Christian requires confessing to Him that you are a sinner and need forgiveness and want him to enter your heart.
* As in all denominations, what constitutes a Christian does not come from which one you belong to. There are true Christians across many denominations, and being in a particular one cannot automatically 'make' you a Christian. Ideally, there should be no difference, but people still have control over how they make choices and live. You can't necessarily judge a church or Christians as a whole from a particular individual.
Aside from being a Christian in name only, a true Christian has trusted in Jesus Christ as the One who died for his/her sins. The normal result of this is a new life that desires to live in a way that is obedient to God & glorifies Him on a daily basis.
While there are a number of folks that identify themselves as being Baptist, a portion believe in Christ, but some do not. Therefore some have clarified this by saying that they are Bible-believing Baptists. Thankfully, this is not always the case, even though the distinction of "Bible-believing" is not made, but there are those who nonetheless endeavor to be faithful to the truth of God's Word.
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 ones Savior), believer's baptism (in obedience to Christ's teaching), then joining a local Christ-honoring congregation.
Baptists claim a heritage that goes back to the days of Christ as believers.
Baptists, like most professed believers in Jesus, are extremely divided. Not so with TRUE Christians, of whom Paul said at 1 Cor. 1:10: "Now I exhort you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you should all speak in agreement, and that there should not be divisions among you, but that you may be fitly united in the same mind and in the same line of thought."
Here is a partial list of the divisions of Baptists in the USA alone:
Alliance of Baptists
American Baptist Association
American Baptist Churches
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
Baptist Bible Fellowship International
Baptist General Conference
Baptist Missionary Association of America
Central Baptist Association
Christian Unity Baptist Association
Churches of God General Conference
Conservative Baptist Association of America
Continental Baptist Churches
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Enterprise Association of Regular Baptists
Evangelical Free Baptist Church
Free Will Baptist
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship of America
General Association of Baptists
General Association of General Baptists
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
General Conference of the Evangelical Baptist Church, Inc.
General Six-Principle Baptists
Independent Baptist Church of America
Independent Baptist Fellowship International
Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America
Institutional Missionary Baptist Conference of America
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptist Association
Liberty Baptist Fellowship
Macedonia Baptist World Missions
Mainstream Baptist Network
National Association of Free Will Baptists
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Saving Assembly of the U.S.A.
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
National Primitive Baptist Convention of the U.S.A.
North American Baptist Conference
Old Regular Baptist
Indian Bottom Association of Old Regular Baptists
Old Time Missionary Baptist
Original Free Will Baptist Convention
Progressive National Baptist Convention
Roger Williams Fellowship
Separate Baptists in Christ
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference
Southern Baptist Convention
Southwide Baptist Fellowship
Sovereign Grace Baptists
Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists
United American Free Will Baptist Church
United American Free Will Baptist Conference
Unregistered Baptist Fellowship
World Baptist Fellowship
Worldwide Baptist New Testament Missions
The Baptists are a house divided, as are most so-called Christians.
When John the Baptist took Jesus into the Jordan for baptism, then a voice said, "This is My Beloved Son. In Him, I am well pleased." Baptism indicates that your Father in Heaven has accepted you to be His Child in His Family.
A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus lays down His life for us, to show us the Word of God by example.
We need to be baptized to join the family of God the Father, and become a friend and brother of Jesus Christ, His Son.