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We are the Galilean Baptist Church because of the historical antiquity and meaning of the term Baptist. First of all, the name Baptist historically was not used in the denominational sense, and it has only been in more recent times that other churches have come together to form “Baptist” denominations. We have not joined with any of those other churches and are not part of any denomination whatsoever. We simply seek to follow the pattern set down by the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles as found in the Scriptures.
The name Baptist identifies us with specific convictions regarding salvation and baptism. We believe that salvation is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. Therefore, baptism has no part in the saving of the soul. Every account of baptism in the Bible was for a person who had already professed faith in Christ. They were then baptized by immersion in water AFTER conscious belief. Their baptism was symbolic of the regeneration experience. Baptism is a step of obedience, not an addition of Grace. True believers down through the centuries have always believed these tenets about salvation and baptism, and this is the main reason why we at Galilean continue to use the name “Baptist.” It has a specific meaning, a special heritage, and it identifies us with those who have held tenaciously to the New Testament faith without compromise from the very beginning of the Church Age.
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