Knowing God through Experience: The role of personal testimony in baptismal services among Baptists

Knowing God Through Experience: The role of personal testimony in baptismal services among Baptists. A CHARIS lecture by Dr. Anthony R. Cross, Oxford University. Response from Dr. Everett Ferguson, Abilene Christian University.

Originally presented October 12, 2015, Chapel on the Hill, Abilene Christian University.

“The personal testimonies of baptismal candidates occupy a key place within the baptismal service, and provide a window into Baptist spirituality. Their strength is also their weakness: they are reflections of a believer’s experience of conversion and walk with God, their discipleship. Frequently lacking in theological sophistication, what they lack in theological insight they make up for in heartfelt conviction.”

Dr. Anthony R. Cross is a historian and theologian, a member of the faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and an ordained Baptist minister. He has taught theology and church history at Oxford University, Regent’s Park College, and the University of Roehampton in London, as well as lectured in Britain, Europe, and North America. A specialist on the theology and practice of baptism, particularly understood as a sacrament, he has published Recovering the Evangelical Sacrament (2013).

Author: John Weaver

Dr. John B. Weaver is the Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology at the Brown Library of Abilene Christian University. He teaches in the College of Biblical Studies at ACU, and preaches at the Oak Street Church of Christ in Abilene, TX.