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As we reflect on who we are as a church, know that it is recommended that churches take time to reflect on their denominational ties, consider if these are still appropriate and explore the meanings of such ties. With that in mind, the Transition Team would like to invite you to consider the history, current missions, and theology of the American Baptist Churches’ denomination. Even if you do not feel this group best represents you, you might appreciate understanding a bit more about the denomination to which we are affiliated. 

10 important facts about American Baptist Churches YOU should know!

1. American Baptists believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and that the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God that serves as the final written authority for living out the Christian faith.

2. For American Baptists, the local church is the fundamental unit of mission in denominational life. i.e. churches function autonomously.

3. ABs partake in two ordinances; believers’ baptism and The Lord’s Supper.

4. ABs believe that the committed individual Christian can, and should, approach God directly, and that individual gifts of ministry should be shared, i.e. Individuals have the right and responsibility to develop an individual understanding/relationship with God.

5. ABs take seriously the call to missionary work

6. ABs support religious freedom and respect the expressions of others’ faith.

7. ABs acknowledge that God’s family extends beyond our local churches and that God calls us to cooperative ministries.

8. ABs have been called to be Christ’s witness for justice and wholeness within a broken society.

9. ABC-USA celebrates the racial, cultural and theological diversity witnessed within its membership. ABC is the most racially diverse protestant body.

10. ABs heed the Biblical call to renewal, and the need for a vital witness in the new millennium.

For more information on these and other facts check out www.abc-usa.org

~Annie
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