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What is a Baptist church?

There are a variety of Baptist churches. When we use the term "Baptist" we primarily mean two things. First, we refer to the subjects and mode of baptism. We understand the Scriptural subjects of baptism to be believers only. Baptism is a New Convenant ordinance and is to be understood in light of New Covenant teaching. Every Biblical teaching and every Biblical example of baptism shows baptism is for professing believers only. The "mode" of baptism refers to the way baptism is administered. We believe proper baptism is by immersion of the subject under water, following a credible profession of faith in Christ. Second, we use the term "Baptist" to refer to the idea of regenerate church membership. By this we mean that only those who are converted and have been Scripturally baptized have the right to membership in a particular church.

What do you mean by Reformed?

The idea of being Reformed ties us to the Protestant Reformation. The Protestant Reformation was anchored on the authority and sufficiency of the Bible. We hold to the distinctive doctrines concerning Scripture and salvation that was foundational to the Protestant Reformation. This belief concerning salvation means we hold to what is sometimes termed "the doctrines of grace." These doctrines relate to God's sovereignty in salvation. Also, we seek to reform ourselves, our church, and other Christians and churches back to the Bible. This is a constant reformation, thus we consider ourselves "reformed and reforming."

What is an age-integrated church?

There are a variety of age-integrated (sometimes called family-integrated churches) that hold to their own distinctives. Age-integrated churches are found in all types of denominations, as well as independent churches and are not tied to one particular theological tradition. In our case, age-integration is a principle that holds to the importance of the interaction of all ages in the normal life and practice of the church. Thus, all ages worship together in our gatherings. We do provide a room for nursing mothers and for parents to take their children out for discipline purposes. However, we encourage all ages to participate in the worship gatherings. This is the example we find in Scripture and we believe that children learn a lot from participating the corporate worship service. Also, we do not have systematic age-segregated ministries. It is not that we forbid children of the same age from fellowshiping together but it is not part of our organizational structure to systematically divide the church into different age groups. Our normal procedure is to follow the principle of age-integration in the life of the church. This means we are not structured as a typical church with a lot of classes and programs. Instead, we focus on personal relationships and families disciplining their children. Family worship is encouraged in order to strengthen families, as well as teaching the children the importance of attentively participating in worship gatherings.

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