If Baptists have one peculiarity more pronounced than any other, it is the stress they lay upon the worth of a single soul. Baptists are individualistic. The church exists for the individual, and not the individual for the church. Presbyterians are rather familistic; the family they are disposed to regard as a religious unit. Methodists are tribalistic; the Conference is the religious unit. Episcopalians are nationalistic; they have a State Church in England and once had it here. Baptists are individualistic. They go forth to preach to every individual soul the broadest and deepest conceptions of personal responsibility. Starting with the doctrine of soul liberty, the right of private judgment, they commend personal repentance, personal faith, personal baptism, personal communion with the Saviour at the Lord’s Supper, personal fidelity to all the moral, evangelical, and positive commands of the Lord Jesus Christ.
--from a sermon by W.W. Landrum entitled “All” (based upon Matthew 28:18-20)preached in the First Baptist Church, Washington, D. C. The sermon is recorded in full in J. F. Love’s The Southern Baptist Pulpit, American Baptist Publication Society, 1895