Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Fordyce, Arkansas

Distinctions of the Churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of America

The churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of America share the orthodox views of most Christians:

The trinity of God
The virgin birth and deity of Jesus Christ
The verbal inspiration of the Scriptures
The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ
The return of Christ

In addition, the churches composing the Baptist Missionary Association of America maintain the historic Baptist principles:

Salvation by grace through faith alone
Believer's baptism by immersion
The eternal security of the believer
The priesthood of the believer
Religious liberty for all
The separation of church and state

What specific characteristics make the Baptist Missionary Association of America different from other Baptist groups?
The church is the unit of cooperation.
The church is autonomous, cooperating voluntarily and directly choosing all the officers, directors, and missionaries of the association.
The church is respected, cooperating equally with the same number of voting representatives as the other churches,
regardless of the size of church membership or financial contributions.
The church is primary; the association only exists to expedite the ministries of the church.
The ordinances of the church are given prominence.
Baptism is an act of obedience, not an optional preference, for each believer.
Baptism is related to the church; therefore, the church must be scriptural for its baptism to be scriptural.
The Lord's Supper is a memorial to be observed within the context of the church, the local assembly of baptized believers.
The mission of the church is strategic.
Each church should evangelize its local area.
Each church should join other churches in sending missionary personnel to other areas in the United States as well as every country on earth.

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