What Presbyterians Believe
This ongoing series of articles on "What Presbyterians Believe" explores the Biblical and theological foundations of our faith.
The authors have given permission for these articles to be reproduced. We hope this series will be useful for adult church school classes and discussion groups, new member classes and individual enrichment.
How to Speak Presbyterian
It has been estimated that 58 percent of the members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) did not grow up in the denomination. For readers in that category, here is a short rundown of the lingo you are likely to hear in a Presbyterian church that you may not have heard in another church.
Ashley, there are many things Presbyterians and Baptists hold in common and differ on. And of course there are different types of Baptists and Presbyterians. We don't want to over-generalize; there are some important differences, for instance, between American Baptists and Southern Baptists. But mainly, the differences come down to baptism and how we make decisions. Baptists generally believe that only people with the capacity to affirm their faith should be baptized; Presbyterians believe those people should be baptized as well, but also believe that, because the primary agent is God's grace, not our actions, it is right also to baptize infants whom worshiping communities covenant to nurture in the faith. Theologically, Presbyterians tend to put more weight on God's action; Baptists, on our individual faith and action. Both are important to both; emphases are just different. Baptists also are generally congregationalist, meaning individual congregations can determine their own policies. Presbyterians have elected leaders that serve regionally and nationally, voting to make decisions. There's still a lot of autonomy and governance at the local level, but not as much as there is among Baptists. Hope that helps! This is a simplistic explanation that glosses over a variety of nuances but hopefully it hits the major points.
I was raised as a Baptist. My question is, What is the difference between Baptist and Presbyterian?
What do you guys think of the Baptist faith?
I am very proud to be a Presbyterian what inspires me is their hymns I love them
Praise the lord. My name is pastor J. Ebenezer i am from India. My church was established in 2007, we are chosen people by Lord Almighty and moving by faith. Now we wanted to buy a land of extra bit. Which is attached just to our present church. So we are praying for a sponsor. Please do remember us in your special and daily prayers. Thank you.