I attend First Baptist Church, Montgomery. In the essay I will describe the church leadership, the church history, our doctrine and theology, and the ministry, missions, and evangelism.
Unlike Methodist, Catholics, and Episcopal, Baptist are very independent. We choose our minister, own our buildings, and are responsible for our own debts. We have a congregational government. This means that our leaders are put into their positions by a vote of the congregation. We have a team leadership, composed of Deacons, a Pastor, and Church Councils, that work together to make decisions. Although Baptist have no set educational requirements, our current Pastor, Jay Wolf, has been to college seminary and has a doctorate.
First Baptist has a rich and vibrant history. Baptist started with the Protestant Reform Movement Our Church existed before our denomination, Southern Baptist, was created. The Baptist Church was started with the Protestant reform movement along with the Lutherans and the Presbyterians. A group of Baptist split off from the main group because they thought that they should be allowed to have slaves. This group became known as the Southern Baptist and had their first meeting in May of 1845. First Baptist was established in the November of 1829 by Lee Compere. Lee Compere worked with the Creek indians in 1823, then came to Montgomery, bought a farm, and started First Baptist. First Baptist is also the founding church of Martin Luther King’s church, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and one of our preachers did the inauguration prayer for Jefferson Davis
Baptist have a specific doctrine and theology. We believe that the bible is the living word of God. We believe that Jesus is the singular savior of the world. We base this belief of John 14:16 which says “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We also believe that God is one but has three aspects. Pastor Jay explained that God is like water. Water can exist in a solid, liquid, or gas state, but no matter what state it is in, it is still water. God’s three aspects are: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God the Father creates. God the Son redeems. God the Holy Spirit is with us. Our Church discipline is to be like Jesus. We believe in redemption so that no matter what you do you can still be saved. Pastor Jay said that our doctrine put simply is just “Believe the Bible, Do the Bible.”
Our Two main symbols n the Baptist Church are Baptism i and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is your symbol of accepting Jesus Christ as your savior and pledging yourself to do his works. The purpose of the Lord’s Supper is to make your...