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Overview This is the fourth and final volume in a series of lessons designed to establish a foundational understanding of what it means to be Baptist. These 14 flexible, Scripture-based sessions can be condensed into a six-week program or fully explored for in-depth study for congregational or small-group use. Each session addresses a single theme, allowing participants to learn more about Baptist identity and beliefs.
Publishers Description "We Are Baptists: Studies for Adults" is the Fourth and final volume in a series of lessons designed to establish a foundational understanding of what it means to be Baptist. These fourteen flexible, Scripture-based sessions can be condensed into a six-week program or fully explored for in-depth study for congregational or small-group use. Each session addresses a single theme, allowing participants to learn more about Baptist identity and beliefs.
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Jeffrey D. Jones has served in both local church and denominational leadership within the American Baptist Churches, USA for more than thirty years. He lives in Pittman, New Jersey with his wife Judy and his dog Tippy. They have two sons one a recent college graduate and the other a college student. He is a conference speaker, retreat leader, an ordained minister, and the author of numerous books on youth ministry, Christian education and church leadership.
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AMERICAN Baptist 101 for Small Groups... Apr 26, 2010
Since I belong to a church (Riverside in New York City) which is affiliated with two Christian denominations - both the United Church of Christ, and the American Baptist Church USA - I felt the need to explore just exactly what Baptist theology was all about. (Certainly I've seen how unatractive SOUTHERN Baptists behave as a denomination - though it is certainly unfair and un-Christian to paint all Southern Baptists with the same brush that of acting UN-Christ-like (esp. in regards to matters of religious dogmaticism and social justice.) FYI: Southern Baptists split from the northern Baptist church over the slavery issue, and the northern Baptist churches took on the name of American Bapists.
So I picked up this small group resource of 14 themes inherent to Baptist theology (but probably more specifically AMERICAN Baptist churches). The themes are: (1) Soul Freedom; (2) Believer's Baptism; (3) The Bible; (4) Priesthood of All Believers; (5) Religious Liberty; (6) Autonomy of the Local Church; (7) Ministry of the Laity; (8) Discipleship; (9) Evangelism; (10) Worship and Communion; (11) Issues of Faith; (12) Prophetic Role; (13) Diversity; and (14) Mission. I found it to be light and interesting reading - meant for folks who are looking to join an American Baptist congregation and wishing to explore the Biblical basis and history of this particular denomination. No doubt about it - Riverside is neither your typical ABC or UCC church - so while I found most of the themes reflected in how we 'do' church - the issue of Evangelism or Mission (by members) not at all emphasized. Of course that is the beauty of ABC and UCC denominations that each church may be found to be very different from one another within their own specific city, state, or part of the country. It was a helpful book for me... and I think that many of the themes mentioned about American Baptists, relate to UCC churches as well, so this may be a good resource (adapted obviously) for churches which are UCC as well, or part of both denominations.