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Baptist Stamp by Powerwing-Amber Baptist Stamp by Powerwing-Amber
So, I was issued a personal challenge on Sunday to create something that might show the type of religion I follow. I came up with the stamp idea, since... I haven't seen any Baptist-related stamps here.

It was very VERY difficult to find symbols for Baptists, since most don't use symbols, aside from the typical plain Cross or Bible. However, I did manage to find and duplicate the three you see here. The dove over the Cross represents the First Baptists, the boat represents the Freewill Baptists and the Cross on the Bible represents the Southern Baptists.

I guess I should explain what a Baptist is, exactly. I'm not too good with explanations and I'm still studying about this (and other religion types) a bit, but I'll do my best. :aww:

A Baptist is a religious denomination of the Protestants, (which originally broke off from the Catholics) so they would be considered a part of that branch. They are considered Christians, of course.

There are many different subgroups of Baptists all around the world. What I originally thought were five, actually turned out to be almost 300 subgroups! :o That's alot! Most of these subgroups pretty much believe in the same thing and the only differences between them are what activities are done within the church and the people that attend.

The most common Baptist here in the USA are Southern Baptists. However, there are also Northern Baptists, Freewill Baptists, First Baptists, Second Baptists, Primitive Baptists, Hardshell, Strict, Particular, General, Landmark, Reformed, Missionary, Independent... well, you get the idea. ^^; I can't list all of them.

(For those curious, I am a First Baptist. :))

Basically, a one must believe these things in order to be a Baptist:

1. God - We believe that God is the Creator, Sustainer, and righteous Ruler of the universe. He has revealed Himself in nature, and in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; yet as one God.

2. Jesus Christ - He is God’s unique Son; the only one of a kind. The Scripture teaches that He is God revealed in flesh. In His Divine nature He is truly God and in His human nature truly man.

3. Holy Spirit – All of the attributes of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit by the Scriptures. It is He who convicts and convinces men of their sin. He also convinces man of that which is right, and that a final day of judgment will come. He, it is, who comes to live in us at conversion, to open our understanding to the Scripture, and to lead us into the truth.

4. The Bible - God used holy men to write the Scriptures. They are, in both the Old and New Testaments, the very words God intended us to have. They are, as given by God, without error and are our only rule of faith and practice. We profit from them by learning the truth about many things; they also speak to us about wrongdoing; they even correct us and get us back on course as well as instructing us in right living.

5. Man now born in sin – God created man in a state of innocence. Man, being tempted by Satan, yielded and willfully disobeyed God, becoming a sinner and incurring God’s judgment upon sin. All of Adam’s descendants inherit his fallen nature and thus have a natural inclination to sin. When one comes to an age of accountability, he is guilty of sinning before God and in need of salvation.

6. God’s Relationship - God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things. He maintains the laws of nature and performs special acts as the highest welfare of mankind and His created order of things require.

7. Salvation – Man receives pardon and forgiveness for his sins when he admits to God that he is a sinner, when in godly sorrow he turns from them and trusts in the work of Christ as redemption for his sin. This acceptance of God’s great salvation involves belief in Christ’s death on the cross as man’s substitute and the fact of God’s raising him from the dead as predicted. It is a salvation by grace alone and not of works.

8. Who can Be Saved – It is God’s will that all be saved, but since man has the power of choice, God saves only those who repent of their sin and believe in the work of Christ on the Cross. Those who refuse in this life to repent and believe have no later chance to be saved and thus condemn themselves to eternal damnation by their unbelief. Those that have not grown to the age of accountability are also saved regardless.

9. Perseverance – We believe that there are strong grounds to hope that the saved will persevere unto the end, and be saved because of the power of divine grace pledges for their support. We believe that any saved person who has sinned, but has a desire to repent, may do so and be restored to God’s favor and fellowship. Since man, however, continues to have free choice, it is possible because of temptations and the weakness of human flesh for him to fall into the practice of sin and to make shipwreck of his faith and be lost.

10. Gospel Ordinances – Baptists believe the Bible teaches for the church to practice: Baptism in water by immersion, and the Lord’s Supper, to be perpetuated until His return.

11. Church Government – Baptist churches enjoy local church autonomy (self-governing). The local church is the highest authority in the denomination. Local churches voluntarily organize themselves into quarterly meetings, district, state, and national associations for the purpose of promoting the cause of Christ on the local, state, district, national, and world-wide level.

12. Christ’s Return – The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, who ascended on high and sits at the right hand of God, will come again to close the Gospel dispensation, glorify His saints, and judge the world.

13. Missions – Baptists believe that Jesus commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to everyone.

Or, try the shorter version (with a fancy acronym, no-less!)!

Bible is final authority (Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Autonomy of the local church (Matt. 18:15–17; 1 Cor. 6:1-3)
Priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:5-9; 1 Timothy 5)
Two ordinances (believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper) (Acts 2:41–47; 1 Cor. 11:23-32)
Individual soul liberty (Romans 14:5–12)
Separation of Church and State (Matthew 22:15–22)
Two offices of the church (pastor-elder and deacon) (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1–2)

Anyway, my information is a little from Wikipedia, but mainly from my church's messages itself. (Because, there's NO way I could remember all that on my own.)

Learning new things is FUN! :D

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