Beliefs

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Our Commitment to the Bible

Foremost among beliefs firmly held by American Baptists is the acknowledgment that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and our Lord, and that through belief in Him we are assured of eternal fellowship with a loving God. For us, the foundation of Christian belief–and the greatest event in all history–is the drama of the first Easter week: the death of Christ, in which He took upon Himself all the sins of the world, and the Resurrection, which offers glorious proof of His teaching and His triumph over sin and death.

Holy Scripture always has been for us the most authoritative guide to knowing and serving the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer). As the divinely-inspired word of God, the Bible for us reveals our faith and its mandated practice.

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Our Commitment to the Local Church

 We American Baptists passionately celebrate our churches. We exist as a denomination to serve those about 5,000 congregations, to provide them with resources that enable them to minister effectively.

Generation after generation of believers has seen the local church as a tremendous source of immeasurable spiritual strength: preaching that inspires, education that enlightens, worship that draws one closer to God, fellowship that encourages respect and service. The church at its best is an exemplary community of faith, a home for individuals to express, and mature in, their relationship to God and to one another.

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Our Commitment to Mission

 “Mission” is a wide-ranging concept. It implies all the varied work we undertake as individuals, churches and organizations in applying our faith and in sharing the Gospel message with others. Mission is an awesome invitation and responsibility, and an endeavor that can never be exhausted. We undertake it realizing that only with God’s help can the immense task of Christian mission be accomplished.

The local congregations and regional and national organizations that form our denominational family see opportunities for mission every day, and we live out ministries in the name of Christ with many people in many places.

Prominent among them are:


Please note: Clicking on the links above takes you to the American Baptist Churches, USA website for more details on each section.

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Our Commitment to Evangelism

Evangelism is the joyous witness of the People of God to the redeeming love of God urging all to repent and to be reconciled to God and each other through faith in Jesus Christ who lived, died, and was raised from the dead, so that being made new and empowered by the Holy Spirit believers are incorporated as disciples into the church for worship, fellowship, nurture and engagement in God’s mission of evangelization and liberation within society and creation, signifying the Kingdom which is present and yet to come.In 1984, the General Board of American Baptist Churches USA issued a call “for a vigorous denominational program of evangelization”–a “joyous witness” that brings believers “into the church for worship, fellowship, nurture and engagement in God’s mission.”

Evangelism is a challenge and an opportunity. Even after 2,000 years of Christian ministry, tens of millions of persons throughout the world have not yet heard the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. The world is as much a mission field “ripe unto harvest” now as it was when Christ sent forth his earliest followers to reconcile a fallen creation to its Creator. Evangelism is the mission of sharing Christ and the truths He proclaimed with people who need to receive them.