Why Am I A Baptist?

Have you ever been asked why you are a Baptist? Have you ever wondered why you are Baptist rather than, say, Presbyterian? Could you explain to a stranger what makes a Baptist Baptist? Do you feel confident you could pass a test about being Baptist? Well then, let’s take a short True or False quiz:

  1. When John the Baptist invented Baptists in 29 AD he named them after himself.
  2. Baptists immerse, or dunk if you’re from Alabama, because only the wet parts go to heaven (which means Methodists will only have heads in heaven).
  3. Baptists believe Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine was done solely for Episcopalians and as such begin officially counting with miracle number two.
  4. Baptists believe Jesus was born at 11:00 am, which is why worship begins promptly at 11:00 every Sunday. This can be found somewhere in the Book of Numbers.
  5. Per capita Baptists own more Bibles than any other religious group and also believe if the King James Version of the Bible was good enough for both Peter and Paul, its good enough for them.

So how did you do? Oh, right, sorry, I forgot to provide the correct answers. Here you are: The correct answer to questions 1-5 are false, with the possible exception of number two, as we really can’t be sure about the Methodists.
If you would like to know (much, much) more about what makes Baptists Baptist join me for a unique and special study each of the next three Sunday mornings at 9:45 in the Gym. We will have one GIANT adult class (think the Goliath of classes) and we will study where we came from as Baptists, the distinctives that set us apart from all other Christian groups, and the Four Fragile Freedoms that we enjoy as Baptists, even though we may not realize we enjoy them! I promise it will be interesting, humorous and worth your time…and we will serve coffee (because we all know Juan Valdez was a Baptist).
Michael McCullar
Formations Pastor
Johns Creek Baptist Church

5 Comments. Leave new

    July 8, 2015 4:06 pm

    great introduction Michael.. who in their right mind would want to miss coming to hear
    that kind of approach to our Faith/Beliefs … let the real ‘ facts’ finally be known and gladly passed on.

  • Great intro and I’m sure we will all be more informed and realize how lucky most of us were to be born a Baptist!!! Should be fun and serious of course. Thank you for your work.

  • Michael, You are a funny man! Can’t wait to learn more!

  • I thought those were false! I’m interested in learning more about the baptist faith. It’s good that you listed a time and a place for a Sunday school for those who are interested in joining the baptist faith. I think using humor is very appealing when talking about religion.


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