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Offline swampgirlk

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Becoming Southern Baptist/converting question
« on: Thu Mar 01, 2012 - 15:59:28 »
I was baptized and raised Episcopalian until about a year ago. I started going to church with my boyfriend and his family (who are Southern Baptist) and found I favored the way they did things as opposed to the Episcopal church. My boyfriend lives with me now in my hometown and we are looking for a church closer to home. I want to become a member of the church when we find one, but I don't know how one would do that. I've been saved after I was baptized (I was baptized when I was four, I  think. I don't really count that because I wasn't saved. I was too little to understand) and I don't really count that baptism, I suppose. I just want to know if it would be acceptable to be re-baptised (because I really, really want to. I'll feel like this means something).

And when you 'convert' (from one denomination to another) is it more of a personal recognition, or is there something you have to do? For example, when my step-sister converted to Catholicism, she had to take many classes and go to meetings and do a lot of paperwork.

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Re: Becoming Southern Baptist/converting question
« Reply #1 on: Thu Mar 01, 2012 - 16:20:51 »
Upon being saved you are truly a member of the Body of Christ. I too would prefer the Southern Baptist denom over Episcopal, but that is just due to them being a lot less formal, and they preach the word. I love when a church preaches the word. I go to an even less formal denom than the So. Baptist are. LOL.

Most denoms will baptist you again. Especially if you had infant baptism. But, I cannot say about the paperwork. Some denoms require a membership class, and a pledge, others just ask for you to come down and show a willingness to join. But, I am sure it won't be as restricted or as obligated as the Catholic church is.

Good luck in your new faith walk, and welcome to the Body of Christ!

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Re: Becoming Southern Baptist/converting question
« Reply #2 on: Thu Mar 01, 2012 - 17:05:45 »
Yes, you will need to be Baptized with what Baptists term "believers baptism".
As far as a new church goes a lot of your larger Baptist churches will have what they call a New member class. That one is light & rather informal but can get theologically difficult quickly. But if you have any questions feel free to ask. They actually really enjoy answering those questions. 
 

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Re: Becoming Southern Baptist/converting question
« Reply #3 on: Thu Mar 01, 2012 - 18:36:20 »
dear swampgirl (not "swampthing"?! ha!)

find a church that preaches the Bible, lifts up Jesus, is loving, and serving.

just a note, most Baptists frown on "living with your boyfriend".  Episcopalians?
that would be good question for beginners-class!

but, look to Jesus and ask him to guide you.

as far as GC forum -- I like to stop in every few days, scan the posts, and sip coffee in this Christian cyber-cafe!

I hope you do, also.
« Last Edit: Thu Mar 01, 2012 - 18:56:35 by JERRY C »

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Re: Becoming Southern Baptist/converting question
« Reply #4 on: Mon Mar 12, 2012 - 09:59:10 »
Thanks for all you help! We've been looking at a few churches in the area, but seeing as Josh usually has work on Sundays, it's been hard to go every weekend.

kensington- I know what you mean about informal. At my old church, my grandmother made me wear dress clothes and such. The service was really...boring, to be honest. There was no youth group. My cousin and I were the youth, lol. She went out of state for college and then it was just me. The first time I attended a Southern Baptist church I was taken aback. No one was wearing stuffy dress clothes! You don't have to call the pastor father (which I thought was strange, seeing as they also call God 'the Father'). Their pastor spent most of the service preaching and talking, unlike my old church where we said a bunch of strange prayers then then listened to Father Whoever preach for 10-15 minutes. It just feels happier at the Southern Baptist church. The songs are upbeat and not reminiscent of a funeral march.

JohnDB- I'd love to take a new member's class. Even though I went to church every Sunday for thirteen years, (I'm 19 now, but there was a gap where I didn't go because of some family issues) I know next to no Bible stories or general Biblical information. There's a lot I want to learn!


JERRY C- Haha, no, not swampthing! =) I know most would frown upon our living situation, but it saves him a lot of money in gas. His family lives an hour away from the college we both attend. They cannot afford to put him in a dorm, so it's either commute or stay with my mother and I. If my aunts (who are old-fashioned, deep South ladies) haven't chewed me out yet (about us living together) then I think I'll be okay lol.



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Re: Becoming Southern Baptist/converting question
« Reply #5 on: Mon Mar 12, 2012 - 11:01:20 »
Something to keep in mind is that each Southern Baptist Church is autonomous. IOW there is no centralized authority that tells any church what to believe as far as theology, what they can or can't do during service, or how to organize the hierarchy in administration.

Each one is a member of a co-op. Or cooperative. We vote on everything. But we also join together for missions & literature creation. (Sunday school literature/small group bible studies)

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Re: Becoming Southern Baptist/converting question
« Reply #6 on: Mon Mar 12, 2012 - 11:08:22 »
I would not consider changeing from one denomination to another to be "converting." You were a believer in Messiah in the one and you are as well in the other. It is simply leaving one religious organization for another.