People of the Book resource now available

March 14, 2019

We, Baptists, are known as people of the Book. What book is it? It is the Word of God, the Bible.

What a wonderful nickname we have! By God’s grace, we have lived, and will continue to live, up to our nickname. Southern Baptists have been proactive in preaching the gospel and holding to the inerrancy of Scripture, as well as reactive in meeting needs in the community by reflecting the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ. The People of the Book resource was created to help people understand what Southern Baptists believe and why we act.

  1. Why was this booklet written? Since March 2017, I have served as the Asian Ministries consultant. I have observed a number of pastors from other denominations join SBC churches through planting or succeeding a previous minister. While there are great resources in regard to SBC doctrines and policies, some new pastors come without sufficient understanding of them. In other cases, members of SBC churches sometimes do not know what SBC churches believe and do. I wanted to provide a guide that would be accessible to both church leaders and members alike. I wrote this guide in hopes that readers would understand the biblical basis for SBC beliefs and ministries, by leading them to Scripture and its basic doctrines.
  2. Who is the reader? Anyone from SBC churches or brothers and sisters in other denominations who desire to know more about SBC beliefs and practices would benefit from this book. Individuals looking for materials to equip their church members might use this book as Sunday School or Bible study material. Churches with different language groups can translate this guide into their languages to equip and educate their saints as well. Since this book was derived primarily from the Bible itself, anyone wishing to grow in his or her knowledge of Scripture can also benefit from this book.
  3. What is this book about? People of the Book is divided into three major subjects: what we believe, who we are and what we do. What we believe provides answers to who God is and what the Bible is. Understanding who God is serves as the cornerstone of our beliefs. Without understanding the triune God from Scripture, all Bible study learning could be based on weak theology. In addition, the authority of Scripture should be the standard for interpreting and implementing Scripture. Inerrancy and the irresistible nature of Scripture form the foundation of how we take and treat Scripture. The second section is who we are. As a continuation from knowing who God is, we are to know who we are. The book outlines the basic flow of our identities as sinner, saved, secured and servant. Lastly, based on what we believe and who we are, readers will get to learn what we do. Doing is the natural outworking of believing who God is and identifying who we are. We are to explore missions as God has called us to do and consider how churches can cooperate for His glory.

This book teaches the basic doctrines of who God is, who we are and what we do. This seven-week study will guide people to understand the greatness of God, the grace-filled identity of who we are, and the Great Commission that God has called us to. It is easy to gather information, but wisdom calls us to act on what we learn. Whether you have been in SBC world for decades or just a few months, this small booklet will help you understand not only Baptist beliefs but ultimately the most wonderful and powerful Creator – the Lord Jesus Christ.


by Sammy Joo  
/  Senior Consultant  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Raising awareness about the opioid epidemic

The Christian Life & Public Affairs (CLPA) Special Committee is focusing on the opioid epidemic this year.I was shocked to discover that the greatest rise in death in recent years is with a synthetic opioid analgesic called fentanyl. According the National Institute on Drug...

Easter offers opportunity to share hope of Christ

As we approach Easter and turn our thoughts and attention to the celebration of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, let us also remember that we have an incredible opportunity during this time of the year to share the love of Jesus with those who have not yet come to know...

When the opioid crisis hits home

Eight months before he died Parker Stephenson shared this on Facebook: "Lately, God has taught me a lot about myself and about life, how fragile life can be. It reminds me that every day is a gift to be treasured. Life itself is a gift. My grandfather’s recent cancer diagnosis has...

Sisters, lift up your eyes

Let’s face it, if you claim to be an authentic biblical woman you will no doubt be in a constant fight to live counter to our culture. It’s a good fight, but it is an exhausting fight. What’s right is wrong, and what’s wrong is right. It’s confusing, it’s discouraging and it’s...

12 traits of a disciple-maker

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands us to “go and make disciples.” So to be obedient to the Great Commission, we need to ask ourselves a question — “During the disciple-making process, what traits should a disciple have?” Here are 12 traits of a growing disciple with accompanying...

How to equip teens and young adults for evangelism

The generation of teenagers and young adults we are trying to reach today is the most rapidly changing generation yet. It’s also the most tech-savvy generation to date, presenting to us a population that has never known a world without cell phones or digital media. Ministry...

5 simple steps to healthy family ministry

I once met with a struggling pastor who, for years, had been trying to encourage parents in his church to be more intentional with disciple-making in their homes. He had modeled disciple-making in his own home, preached on discipleship in the home and made various resources...

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering helps ‘send hope’

I’m thankful for the long and rich history that Southern Baptists have enjoyed in working together to fulfill the Great Commission through local, national and global missions and ministry efforts. One of those partnerships that we enjoy is with the North American Mission Board...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest news and event information by signing up for the N.C. Baptist newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!