Southern Baptists have prepared a statement of generally held convictions
called The Baptist
Faith and Message. It serves as a guide to understanding who we
are. Copies are available at Southern Baptist churches. The topics here provide
only a brief, partial summary.
The Scriptures -
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired
and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine
instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth,
without any mixture of error, for its matter.
There is one and only one living and true God. …The eternal God
reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal
attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God the Father -
God as Father reigns with providential care over His
universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according
to the purposes of His grace. …God is Father in truth to those who become
children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
God the Son -
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as
Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
…He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the
cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.
God the Holy Spirit -
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. …He
exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. …He
enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and
Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image,
and is the crowning work of His creation. …By his free choice man sinned against
God and brought sin into the human race. … The sacredness of human personality
is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for
man; therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and
is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His
own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense
salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.
God's Purpose of Grace -
Election is the gracious purpose of God,
according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. …All true
believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and
sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall
persevere to the end.
The Church -
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a
local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and
fellowship of the gospel…and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the
earth. …This church is an autonomous body. …The New Testament speaks also of the
church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the
Baptism & the Lord\'s Supper -
Christian baptism is the immersion of
a believer in water. …It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith
in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the
burial of the life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members …
memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
The Lord's Day -
The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. …It
commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in
exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.
Last Things -
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the
world to its appropriate end. …Jesus Christ will return personally and
visibly…the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.
The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. …The righteous… will receive their
reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Evangelism & Missions -
It is the duty and privilege of every
follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make
disciples of all nations … to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by
The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is
co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence … there should
be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. …The
freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by
the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures,
and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and
spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual
debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding
stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve
Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.
Christ\'s people should … organize such associations
and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the
Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over
the churches. …Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian
The Christian & the Social Order -
Every Christian is under
obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in
human society. ... The Christian should oppose in the spirit of Christ every
form of greed, selfishness, and vice.
Religious Liberty -
Church and state should be separate. The state
owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual
ends. …A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution
of human society. …Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in covenant
commitment for a lifetime. …The husband and wife are of equal worth before God,
since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way
God relates to His people. …Children, from the moment of conception, are a
blessing and heritage from the Lord.
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