Dear Brethren,      Before I had the privilege of joining this symposium, I felt that I knew quite well what a Baptist church was. My simple definition was that a Baptist church consisted of a body of believers who had joined together in fellowship, chosen a pastor and deacons, preferably out of their own midst, and decided, on what they held to be Biblical grounds, to require water baptism as an expression of their belief in saving faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ given to them as a gracious act of God.      After over six months of fellowship within the symposium, I find that my simple view is hardly accepted by any member of the various Baptist churches represented in the symposium. The matter appears to be much… Full Article

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