HOW BAPTISTS PLANT CHURCHES
By William (Bill) Brackney
Early Baptists had to respond to new situations in order to create new congregations. Baptists believe it is the Holy Spirit who moves people to respond to the Great Commission and creates local parts of the “Body of Christ.” Early congregations were small and under the direct authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Baptists had to worship in secret for many years. The earliest congregations were house churches, led by elders or pastors. Elders led in the celebration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Gradually, Baptists emerged from the shadows to become a recognized part of community life.
Exodus 3:1-10 / Genesis 1:26
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