In Brief: Who We Are and Why We Are Here
South Decatur Baptist Church is an unaffiliated, non-denominational, historical Baptist Church. Since the Lord Jesus Christ started the first church in Jerusalem in the first century, there have always been true, scriptural, and autonomous churches separate from a state church. During the sixteenth century, they became known as Baptist, independent, self-governing churches with the Bible as sole authority for faith and practice. South Decatur Baptist Church is in that line of churches.
Like the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3, churches differ based on biblical reasons. South Decatur Baptist Church exists and continues with a combination of certain essential distinctions, some or all of which are missing in many other churches.
Thorough Expository Preaching
Biblical, Faithful Evangelism
Cultural Separation from the World
Gospel That Includes Repentance and Lordship
New Testament Church Discipline
God-Ordained Male and Female Roles
Exclusively Scriptural Methodology
More than ever in a decadent and decaying culture we need churches that will stand unapologetically on all of the Word of God and stop pandering to the spirit of the age.
People have different reasons for choosing a church. They are comfortable, they like the people, the programs for children, the style of music, or the way it makes them feel.
In John 12:48, the Lord Jesus Christ said, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." Jesus said that He will judge everyone and everything based upon His Words. That is how Jesus Himself lived. He also said in John 5:30, "I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."
Speaking of God, Revelation 4:11 says, "[T]hou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." God created men to do His will, not their own.
The right church for you is one where you can please God according to His Word. The only legitimate criterion for judging a church is scripture. The right church is one where you can please God by believing and practicing His Word.