Our History and Beliefs
Monadnock Bible Baptist Church is located in Rindge New Hampshire, under the shadow of the Mount Monadnock. Since holding our first public service on May 1, 1994 we seek to follow the Apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42) and practices of our ancient Bible-believing brethren.
We apply these principles and practices so as to reach out to people living in a post-modern, secular culture (1Co 9:22). We seek to bring the simple Gospel message of salvation in Christ, to people who are in search of the truth and then to train those who receive the message as disciples of Christ (Jn 15:8, Lu 14:27).
The members of Monadnock Bible Baptist Church are united in their testimony of God’s power in their lives. While recognizing that we are yet sinners by nature we strive to live holy before God. In fulfillment of the “Great Commission” (Mt 28:19-20, Ac 1:8) we give to and participate in mission projects around the world, that are preaching the Gospel of Christ and planting New Testament Baptist churches.
What is a Baptist?
Today there are many groups who use the name “Baptist”. This reflects Baptist history, in that whenever a Baptist church began to depart from their traditional distinctives, the conforming members left to form new churches. Most retained the name “Baptist” despite their differences in doctrine or practice. We use the name “Baptist” in the sense of a historic, unbroken line of Bible-believers that have existed since the Apostolic period. The most ancient groups had names such as Waldenses, Huguenots, Moravians and Anabaptists, or no name at all. Their names were usually given in a derogatory sense by those that apposed or persecuted them. They pre-existed and remained outside of the Protestant Reformation. The “reformers” (Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox and others) were aided by these pre-existing, independent groups of Christians who were dispersed throughout the old world. By the time of the Protestant Reformation (about 1500 AD) these various groups of Bible-believers were collectively referred to as “Ana-Baptists” (“against the baptism”) because they apposed infant baptism. They held to the New Testament example that only believers were to be baptized (Acts 8:35-40) and insisted on re-baptizing adult believers who had been baptized as infants. The name “Ana-Baptists” was given to them by their persecutors but they preferred the name “Brethren” or “Believers”. Later for many of these groups, the shortened name “Baptist” was retained.
Although views among the various Anabaptists varied, they commonly held that: 1) Baptism by immersion should be a personal, voluntary act following repentance from sin and profession of faith in Jesus Christ as savior. 2) The Bible is the sole authority of the church. 3) Every believer is a priest and needs no human mediator, such as a pope or professional priest. 4) Churches are independent bodies of baptized believers. 5) The state should have no control of the churches.
No definite starting place for the Anabaptists can be determined because they sprang up in many places from “seed” already sown. During the Protestant Reformation Ana-Baptists, had greater freedom to come out “into the open”, multiplying and more rapidly developing their congregations in a parallel movement. They attempted to assist the Protestant reformers at first but because they would not submit to government control or the state churches (Lutheran, Presbyterian, Anglican, etc.) they were forced to flee from the persecution of those they aided. True, historic Baptists are known and identified by the following distinctive doctrine and practice. (See our Statement of Faith)