What Distinguishes a Baptist Church?
Victory Baptist Church is unapologetically Baptistic in our belief and practice. The acrostic "B-A-P-T-I-S-T-S" helps describe how Baptist churches are different in belief and practice from other churches. The acrostic is not meant to be an all inclusive list of what we believe, but instead a tool to help identify the differences. Click here for a more detailed explanation of what we believe.
The Bible is our only authority in all matters of faith and practice. No decree of men or of any council of churches can supersede the Bible! (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:21)
A-Autonomy of the Local Church
The local church is an independent body accountable only to the Lord Jesus Christ, The Head of the Church. No religious hierarchy outside the local church may dictate a church’s beliefs or practices. (Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:15; Acts 20:19-30)
P-Priesthood of the Believer
Every believer today is a priest of God an may enter into His presence directly through our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. No human mediator is needed between God and man. Every believer may read, understand and fulfill God’s will for him from the Scriptures. (1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 2:5-9)
The local church should practice two ordinances - baptism by immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
I-Individual Soul Liberty
Every individual has the liberty and responsibility to believe as his own conscience dictates, within the framework of the Word of God. No one is forced to assent to any belief against his will. However, this doctrine does not grant a license to sin or to continually oppose the practices of the church. (Romans 14:5-12; 1 Corinthians 6:12; Galatians 5:13-14)
S-Saved church membership
Church membership is limited to those who have publicly professed that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior, have obediently followed the Lord in Believer’s Baptism by immersion, and have evidenced true conversion by a changed life. (Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 18; Ephesians 2:8-10)
Only two Biblically mandated offices exist in the church: Pastor & Deacon (Acts 6:3-6; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9)
S-Separation of Church and State
The state should have no power to intervene in the free expression of religious liberty. (Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29–31; Romans 13:1–4)