Batsell Barrett Baxter loved the church: "It is because of our deep
conviction that Jesus is the Christ, the divine Son of God, that all
aspects of his church become significant. It is Christ's church not
ours. . . .In our effort to learn the life that the Lord would have his
disciples to live, we are setting out upon a careful study of the church
as originally established in apostolic times. Our intention is to go
back to the original documents which describe the church in its early
purity and strength.
This in-depth study of the church, first
published in 1980, examines such topics as the name, the work
(evangelism, edification, benevolence), the government (elders and
deacons), worship, the Holy Spirit and unity. Each chapter provides
detailed analyses with biblical support assuring the reader of the
scriptural basis for the discussion.
Baxter was known for his
knowledge of Scripture and his gentle spirit. In his decades as a gospel
preacher, chairman of the Bible department at David Lipscomb College,
and speaker on the national TV program "Herald of Truth," he presented
with clarity and compassion the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Baxter died in 1982.