Cross Roads Baptist Church
Monday, May 25, 2020

Baptist Faith & Message


The Baptist Faith and 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."

Select a Baptist Faith and Message Topic:
  The Scriptures
  God's Purpose of Grace
  The Church
  Baptism and the Lord's Supper
  The Lord's Day
  The Kingdom
  Last Things
  Evangelism and Missions
  The Christian and the Social Order
  Peace and War
  Religious Liberty





Related Articles:
  Southern Baptists overwhelmingly adopt revised Baptist Faith and Message
  Baptist Faith & Message Committee members say report embraces Biblical authority
  An in-depth look at each article of the Baptist Faith & Message from the faculty and staff of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


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