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What We Believe

THE BAPTIST FAITH & MESSAGE

On June 14th, 2000, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a revised summary of our faith. The

committee’s report says in part:

 

“Baptists cherish and defend religious liberty, and deny the right of any secular or religious authority

to impose a confession of faith upon a church or body of churches. We honor the principles of soul

competency and the priesthood of believers, affirming together both our liberty in Christ and our

accountability to each other under the Word of God.

 

Baptist churches, associations, and general bodies have adopted confessions of faith as a witness

to the world, and as instruments of doctrinal accountability. We are not embarrassed to state before

the world that these are doctrines we hold precious and as essential to the Baptist tradition of faith

and practice.

 

As a committee, we have been charged to address the “certain needs” of our own generation. In an

age increasingly hostile to Christian truth, our challenge is to express the truth as revealed in

Scripture, and to bear witness to Jesus Christ, who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

The 1963 committee rightly sought to identify and affirm “certain definite doctrines that Baptists

believe, cherish, and with which they have been and are now closely identified.” Our living faith is

established upon eternal truths. “Thus this generation of Southern Baptists is in historic succession

of intent and purpose as it endeavors to state for its time and theological climate those articles of the

Christian faith which are most surely held among us.”

 

It is the purpose of this statement of faith and message to set forth certain teachings which we

believe.”

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