Baptist worship

Baptists believe that when they worship through praise and prayer they are offering themselves to God in thanks for his love. God and his people speak with each other through worship. It is seen as a dialogue and worship is non-liturgical. It is much less structured than Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Christian services.

There is no Baptist authority that tells people how to worship. All decisions are made by the members of each local Baptist church.

Although they have ordained ministers, Baptists believe in the Priesthood of Believers, which means that every member has a right to interpret the Bible and minister to other people. The ordained minister is an equal member of the community who carries out the responsibilities given by the congregation. The minister or a lay person may lead a Baptist service.

Features of worship

  • Worship centres on the Bible - reading the Bible, hearing preaching on it or discussing it.
  • Most churches include hymns or worship songs in the service.
  • The Lord's Supper is usually celebrated once a month.
  • Some churches have a special part for children to become involved. Drama, dance or multimedia may be used to bring the message of a Bible passage to life.
  • The Baptist Union of Great Britain has published a book, Gathering for Worship, that gives guidance and prayers that can be used by local churches.

Baptists see Church worship as an opportunity to speak about the gospel to those present that have not yet made a full commitment to faith in Jesus.

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