Located across the
street from Starbucks
in Downtown Milford, MI.
Baptists have baggage. Of course, so do all other groups. We have history for which we are not entirely responsible, but also a history which has shaped us in many ways. It’s kind of like parents. We look like them whether we want to or not.
Baptists can be known for their lists of “do’s” and “don’t’s.” We are known for taking hard lines on what is right and wrong, sometimes defined in simplistic terms. We are known for being blunt, and are probably known for being better talkers than listeners.
To the degree that these things are true, we need to humbly repent and change in favor of more Christ-like patterns. This will still involve a desire for holiness and a quest for truth and a passion for witness, but it must be always done with grace.
But please remember, there is one more piece of baggage for which Baptists are known: their Bibles. Along with many other Christians from many other denominations, Baptists are known for reading and studying and memorizing their Bibles. We believe the Bible is God’s Word, and that it “is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
All churches and groups of churches have a history. Let’s be careful not to throw out our Bibles with the baggage.