What is religion? Religion is defined as a system of symbols, myths, doctrines, ethics, and rituals for the expression of ultimate relevance. There are several different types of religions an individual can follow. Often a religion is introduced to a person early in childhood. I attended the 9:20 a.m. Sunday morning worship service at Bellevue Baptist Church, 2000 Appling Road, Cordova, Tennessee.
The Sunday morning service opened with a selection by the sanctuary choir and orchestra, followed by a congregational hymn. Pastor Gaines began talking to the congregation about looking at the vision frame of the future for the church and their mission statement, which comes out of the word of God. A testimony of multiplying disciples was shown featuring Kyle Reno. The sermon given by Pastor Gaines Multiplying Disciple Makers was relevant to the needs of the world today. The sermon came from the scripture of Matthew 28:18-20 and Timothy 2:1-7. Pastor Gaines stated, “Every disciple is called to be a disciple maker. The word of God is completely sufficient at pointing individuals to Jesus through the word. The process goes on and on”.
Symbols that I saw were three crosses mounted at the exterior of the church. Another symbol was the Bible which is the guide to faith that the members carried to follow along with the pastor as he delivered his sermon. The baptistery is a symbol, which was located behind the choir and high above the stage. I did not recall any other symbols within the church.
A myth of the Baptist Church is that the religion can trace their history back to John the Baptist. John practiced baptism for the forgiveness of sins in the Jordan River. According to Matthew 3:1-2 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Baptists are Christians who emphasize the doctrine of baptism by full immersion only to those who confess a belief in Christ. The individual is lowered in the water backwards and the pastor read a scripture such as Matthew 28:19-20. I was...