1. Welcome to Baptist Board, a friendly forum to discuss the Baptist Faith in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to get access to all the features that our community has to offer.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!

Featured What is Your Purpose in Coming to Baptist Board?

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by InTheLight, May 22, 2012.

  1. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2010
    Messages:
    17,627
    Ratings:
    +1,950
    Faith:
    Baptist
    Why do you come to Baptist Board?

    I've been here since December 2010 and my reasons for reading/posting on BB has evolved. I'm wondering why others come here. I'll start first and if others want to comment or put up their own lists, it would be appreciated.

    Listed in chronological order and/or importance.

    1. Challenge and sharpen my theological viewpoints. As a former Lutheran that got born again when I was 13, I've been in Baptist churches (or non-denom churches that might as well been Baptist) ever since. My background is IFB and mega-church non-denom. I was amazed at the diversity of viewpoints on theology which I assumed had been settled among Baptists long ago. Cal vs. non-Cal, the differing eschtalogical positions, handling of the ordinances, Bible versions, personal liberty, etc. Also interesting is the differing ideas on how the local church should be run. Up until I joined here I had been exposed to a fairly unified theological stance. The knowledge I've gained on Bible versions/translations is one area that has really blessed me.

    2. One stop shop for getting news, politics, and current events relative to the Christian faith. I know the current events and politics sub-boards can get somewhat heated but I find that it's a great resource to quickly catch up on the daily news that's important to people of faith. Several posters here routinely post items that save me the time and trouble of trawling through Google News. Also interesting is the differing viewpoints on political issues, although I've found that the views are more homogenous than the theological issues. Surprisingly, I've been called a liberal on several occasions.

    3. Fellowship. I feel as if I know some of the people here even though we've never met. People reveal personal information occasionally which helps to form a more complete picture of the posters here. Sometimes posters will admit personal difficulties and personal problems which brings a sympathetic reaction. I sometimes find myself praying for people, calling them by their screen name, which is kind of weird, but it's all good.

    4. Entertainment. OK, I admit it, I do enjoy the back-and-forth that occurs among some posters. How's so-and-so going to respond to that latest salvo? If I were he I would quote this verse and follow up with this one. And so it goes...
     
  2. agedman

    agedman Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2011
    Messages:
    4,265
    Ratings:
    +350
    Those are excellent reasons, InTheLight, and would fit exactly why I am here.

    At my age, it is good to engage others in lively discussion and debate to exercise my mind. Once I got out of high school, I have always enjoyed the educational side of discovery and analysis. Group effort in revealing truth presents a much greater learning environment. I am far too gone to get another degree, and the BB offers "refresher courses" that are insightful and multi-perspective.

    Also, there is the hope that, in some small participation of a discussion, something I post will help spur the believer through edification and enjoyment into a closer relationship with family, friendships, and especially the Lord Jesus. Like most on the BB that have come through the fires, floods, and blood, there are wonderful anecdotal experiences to help others come to terms with issues of their journey.
     
  3. Arbo

    Arbo Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2010
    Messages:
    3,942
    Ratings:
    +1
    What is Your Purpose in Coming to Baptist Board?

    What's my purpose? Many of the same reasons ITL listed. It interests me.

    Lately I've been wondering why I still check in to this site, given the darker tone as of late. I've noticed the site's rulers seem to have taken notice, so perhaps it'll get better.
     
  4. Tom Butler

    Tom Butler New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2005
    Messages:
    9,031
    Ratings:
    +0
    I find participation in the BB a valuable opportunity to impart my extensive knowledge of scripture, my deep and solidly Biblical perspective on doctrine and practice, and my wit and sense of humor.

    And of course, my wisdom and humility.

    All seriousness aside, I like In The Light's list; and agedman makes some good observations.

    I have to admit that in choosing my spare-time reading, I gravitate toward authors and subjects whose views I share.

    You can't do that here. And one really can't grow spiritually or intellectually unless he exposes himself to opposing views and tests his own opinions against them. It really is iron sharpening iron.

    I tell you, if you want to have a discussion with folks like Winman, Skandelon, webdog, Iconoclast, you'd better be ready. You'd better know your Bible or they'll eat you alive.

    Have I changed any of my views as a result of my time here? Frankly, not much. But I've been forced to think until my head hurts.
     
  5. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2010
    Messages:
    17,627
    Ratings:
    +1,950
    Faith:
    Baptist
    I'd like to add to the reason of sharpening the theology part it also helps me to adhere to Peter's instruction:

    ..always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 1 Peter 3:15.
     
  6. Yeshua1

    Yeshua1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Messages:
    20,288
    Ratings:
    +604
    Faith:
    Baptist
    PLUS its mainly by BAptists, for baptists!

    many sites are more geared towards Christiandom, and to more "beginners" level talks....
     
  7. TadQueasy

    TadQueasy Member

    Joined:
    May 16, 2012
    Messages:
    426
    Ratings:
    +2
    I came here for the alcohol.
     
  8. matt wade

    matt wade Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2009
    Messages:
    6,156
    Ratings:
    +111
    Still trying to figure out what your former name on this board is....
     
  9. saturneptune

    saturneptune New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    13,977
    Ratings:
    +0
    My main influence in coming to Baptist Board six years ago was Tom Butler.

    The topics I have learned the most about are God's sovereignty, covenant theology, end times, and the ordinances.

    I also enjoy discussing the differences between the different denominations, since I grew up as a Presbyterian.

    Politics, history, and government are also interesting topics. The main issue I have gone back and forth with inside myself is the third party concept vs the present state of the Republican Party. Due to discussions mostly with Lady Eagle, Targus, and In the Light (sometimes lively), I have concluded it is better to swallow Romney than be a part of Obama being reelected. WebDog has also been a large influence in this area.

    Of course, since Tom and I attend the same church, we at times continue discussions at church, especially open vs closed communion.

    The only real series of threads that turned my stomach are the recent series over depression. I thought these went over the line of human decency.
     
  10. righteousdude2

    righteousdude2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2007
    Messages:
    10,705
    Ratings:
    +379
    Faith:
    Baptist
    For Me....

    ....it was to have fellowship [not arguments] with my fellow Baptists. When I post, I make my point. I just don't like someone who is militant in doctrine and their own brand of theology to attack me for what I believe.

    When I share from my heart, no amount of attacks will get me to change how I believe.

    I say this, because to me, it doesn't matter what someone else believes and lives by, so long as they have received Jesus and their name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life. That is all that should matter in this life, because no one on this board [including me] has the final say as to what God meant or means in the Scripture being debated.

    I find it interesting to see what others believe, but I didn't come here to be attacked and made to feel less than another person because they believe differently.

    For instance, I have leanings that take me closer to the out pouring of the Holy Ghost and the signs and gifts that follow. If another doesn't see it as me, sobeit! It is not going to stop either of us from entering that narrow gate.

    When all is said and done....who am I to rain on someone elses parade? We are each allowed to believe as we feel led to do so, so long as we don't differ in how we came to know His grace, and believe that we will one day, all be with Him.

    The only time I may jump into a debate is, if and when I see the person may have a wrong idea of what it means to be saved. For instance, if a homose%$#l were to come on board and claim to be saved, I might debate their understanding of the word and why they believe as they do. However, in the end, if I can't change their mind, I am willing to leave it there. They will answer to God for what they believe, not for what I believe.

    Shalom :type:
     
  11. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2000
    Messages:
    17,933
    Ratings:
    +9
    I came to the board back in the day...Shortly after it was opened. I think I found it to be an entertaining place to argue and move on. And make online friends.
     
  12. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    22,716
    Ratings:
    +660
    Faith:
    Baptist
    To argue - of course! :smilewinkgrin:

    and to prove to others I am always right:thumbsup:

    Salty :saint: :laugh:
     
  13. saturneptune

    saturneptune New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    13,977
    Ratings:
    +0
    No, your real purpose is to create a fusion Baptist-Reformed Party.
     
  14. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    22,716
    Ratings:
    +660
    Faith:
    Baptist
    Unless they are believe that SS should be after morning worship! :smilewinkgrin:
     
  15. HAMel

    HAMel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Messages:
    2,049
    Ratings:
    +141
    This forum board is a perfect example of what takes place in the average Baptist Church across this once great spiritually minded land of ours.

    Tell me I'm wrong.
     
  16. Tom Butler

    Tom Butler New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2005
    Messages:
    9,031
    Ratings:
    +0
    Then my church is not like the average Baptist church because we're not anything like the Baptist Board. While there is a diversity of opinion on some issues, on the basics we're pretty much unified.

    And we don't argue.

    Discuss, yes. We've learned to disagree agreeably. Hmm, that's not the usual Baptist way, is it?
     
  17. HAMel

    HAMel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Messages:
    2,049
    Ratings:
    +141
    Then my church is not like the average Baptist church because we're not anything like the Baptist Board. While there is a diversity of opinion on some issues, on the basics we're pretty much unified.

    And we don't argue.

    Discuss, yes. We've learned to disagree agreeably. Hmm, that's not the usual Baptist way, is it?


    The church we currently attend is as you describe. We've been in some however where Business Meetings were a war zone. Then the various sides re-grouped for the next meeting. What a waste.
     
  18. Tom Butler

    Tom Butler New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2005
    Messages:
    9,031
    Ratings:
    +0
    I've been in some of those war-zone business meetings, but not in a long, long time.

    I think those meetings made me resolve to never get involved in another church fight. It was the most unpleasant time I've ever experienced.

    If a vote doesn't go my way, so be it.

    There is very little that would justify that kind of division and animosity in the life of a church.

    Now, heresy is a different thing. I'll tear up jack if necessary if it rears its head.
     
  19. Jim1999

    Jim1999 <img src =/Jim1999.jpg>

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    15,460
    Ratings:
    +0
    Quote: If a vote doesn't go my way, so be it.

    ----------------------------------------------------

    Best way to get along here.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  20. DiamondLady

    DiamondLady New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2011
    Messages:
    808
    Ratings:
    +0
    I think I've forgotten why I came here. The adversial tone makes me sorry I'm here at times and saddens my heart. It makes me wonder what God thinks of us, his children, who speak to one another and treat one another so abysmally. It makes me wonder HOW another Christian could treat a brother or sister in such a manner as to cause them to sin. It makes me wonder why I stay in such a place.
     
Loading...