What are Primitive Baptist Practices

The New Testament provides commandments and patterns for conduct in the Christian Church. Old Testament practices were associated with the Levitical Law service and thus not part of the New Testament Church. We hold that: Christ Himself, through His Apostles, has ordered Church practices. Church practices are focused upon Christ, not man, and are carried out in simplicity and humility. Church practices include:

 

Preaching and Teaching by men called of God. (Act 28:31)
 
Prayer and congregational singing. The New Testament does not provide for instruments in the Christian Church. The voice is our personal instrument for glory to God. (I Cor 14:15)
 
Communion and "washing of the saints feet"with those of our faith and practice. (Joh 13:14)
 
Baptism by immersion of those making request and professing that Jesus Christ is the Son Of God. We believe that we should accept baptism only from Churches and ministers who hold the same faith and practice as we do. We believe that our members should not hold joint membership with other religious orders and organizations, who hold religious beliefs and practices that are contrary to our understanding of Biblical teachings. (Act 8:38)
 
Ordination of Ministers and Deacons by Church Elders. (I Tim 4:14)
 
Care of the Church’s needy is a joy and testimony of our love for Christ. (I Joh 3:17)
 
Moral obedience to God’s Word is insisted upon. (Eph 5:13)
 
Meeting for worship and Church fellowship regularly. (Heb 10:25)
 
Children of all ages attend worship services with their parents; families are not separated during the services. (Luk 18:16)
 
The ministry is called to service and qualified by God. While secular education is a blessing and is beneficial to learning; divine calling, personal study, and instruction by the Pastor-teacher is the Biblical pattern for ministerial training. (II Tim 2:15)
 
Each minister, in the true evangelical spirit, individually follows the leadership of the Spirit to go wherever and to whomever the Spirit directs him to preach and teach the Gospel. Ministers are not directed nor assigned to a field of labor by the Church or board action. (Joh 14:26)
 
The function of the Gospel Message is to bring life and immortality to light, not to bring spiritual life. (II Tim 1:10)
 
A Church prayerfully seeks and calls a pastor. The minister prayerfully seeks the will of God and accepts or rejects the call based upon the Lord’s leadership. Ministers are not directed or assigned by any other authority. (Luk 10:2)
 
Ministerial Support is provided by freely given offerings by those whom God has prospered. If necessary, the ministry holds secular occupation. (I Cor 9:9)
 
Intermediate Authority is not provided for. While we enjoy fellowship with Churches of the same faith and practice, our Churches and ministers are individually and immediately under the Lord's authority and are guided by the Spirit as prescribed in His Word. (Eph 5:23)
 
While the Church is in this world, it is not of the world. Church members are not to be reclusive, but to function in the world as a light upon a hill being “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you”. (Joh 18:36)
 
It is certain that over the many tempestuous years, the Old Church has suffered severely in some periods, but by God’s grace she continues on. The faithful saints of old have always borne their burdens and have looked to the Lord for, and received, grace to remain on the "narrow" way, which leads to life. May God bless us to take our place among our humble, quiet, gentle, and faithful ancestry who have lived by faith and sought for truth.
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The simple truths we hold dear seem to fade into obscurity alongside the great religious organizations of today; nevertheless, Christ built His Church upon a solid foundation, ensuring its survival in all ages, this one not excepted.

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