Baptist Churches Essay

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Baptist Churches

Calvary Baptist Church, that’s the name of the church I recently attended, and although it was a lot different from my own catholic faith, I enjoyed it very much. The Pastor, Sergio Reyes, started out the service with an opening prayer which led us into a hymn about America and how wonderful our country is. Most of the songs we sang were about America, considering the fact that Independence Day was right around the corner. After a few songs and a few prayers Pastor Reyes got up to deliver his sermon, or message as he liked to put it. The message was one that hit me kind of hard, he was telling us how the majority of Americans don’t like to hear the truth, mainly because the truth hurts. He was also saying how we, as
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Because of their belief in a general atonement these believers were know as General Baptists. A second group of Baptists began during the 1630s they were known as the Jacob-Lathrop-Jessey church, named for its first three pastors: Henry Jacob (1563-1624), John Lathrop (1653), and Henry Jessey (1601-1663). They were known as particular Baptists because of their belief that Christ died for a particular group of people “the elect” chosen out of gods mercy before the foundation of the world. They also believed that all people were born in total depravity worthy only of complete damnation by a just and righteous God. Yet God, in mercy, had “elected” some individuals to salvation unconditionally, a result of Gods sovereign choice, not because of any merit in the individual believer. All the elect would be saved through Gods irresistible grace and would persevere in Christian discipleship until the end. Therefore Christ death on the cross was “particular” to the elect and did not apply to the entire human race. Thus by the 1640s there were two distinguishable and diverse groups of Baptists in England. Each using a common set of practices but presenting totally different theological ideals. By the 1650s another group of Baptists had appeared in England. These Baptists were known as Seventh Day Baptists because they insisted that Saturday was the divinely