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The 1925 Baptist Faith
and Message

A Statement Adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention

0n 14 May 1925 the Southern Baptist Convention adopted the first of several versions of a Baptist Faith and Message.  The committee's report says in part:

Baptists approve and circulate confessions of faith with the following understandings, namely:
  1. That they constitute a consensus of opinion of some Baptist body, large or small, for the general instruction and guidance of our own people and others concerning those articles of the Christian faith which are most surely held among us. They are not intended to add anything to the simply conditions of salvation revealed in the New Testament, viz., repentance towards God, and faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
  2. That we do not regard them as complete statements of our faith, having any quality of finality or infallibility. As in the past so in the future, Baptists should hold themselves free to revise their statements of faith as may seem to them wise and expedient at any time.
  3. That any group of Baptists, large or small, have the inherent right to draw up for themselves and publish to the world a confession of their faith whenever they may think it advisable to do so.
  4. That the sole authority for faith and practice among Baptists is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Confessions are only guides in interpretation, having no authority over the conscience.
  5. That they are statements of religious convictions drawn from the Scriptures, and are not to be used to hamper freedom of thought or investigation in other realms of life.

Below we give the complete text of the 1925 Baptist Faith and Message.

The 1925 Baptist Faith and Message
Preamble Later Versions
1. The Scriptures
2. God
3. The Fall of Man
4. The Way of Salvation
5. Justification
6. The Freeness of Salvation
7. Regeneration
8. Repentance and Faith
9. God's Purpose of Grace
10. Sanctification
11. Perserverance
12. The Gospel Church
13. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
14. The Lord's Day
15. The Righteous and the Wicked
16. The Resurrection
17. The Return of the Lord
18. Religious Liberty
19. Peace and War
20. Education
21. Social Service
22. Co-Operatin
23. Evangelism and Missions
24. Stewardship
25. The Kingdom

Version to search: 2000 1963/1998 1925


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