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The 1963/1998 Baptist Faith and Message

A Statement Adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention

On May 9, 1963, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a revised summary of the Southern Baptist faith. The committee's report says in part:

Baptists emphasize the soul's competency before God, freedom in religion, and the priesthood of the believer. However, this emphasis should not be interpreted to mean that there is an absence of certain definite doctrines that Baptists believe, cherish, and with which they have been and are now closely identified. It is the purpose of this statement of faith and message to set forth certain teachings which we believe.

On June 9, 1998, the Southern Baptist Convention added an eighteenth section, "The Family," to the seventeen sections adopted in 1963. The complete text of the committees' reports and the entire Baptist Faith and Message can be found below.

1963/1998 The Baptist Faith and Message
Preamble Current Version
1. The Scriptures
2. God
3. Man
4. Salvation
5. Gods Purpose of Grace
6. The Church
7. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
8. The Lord's Day
9. The Kingdom
10. Last Things
11. Evangelism and Missions
12. Education
13. Stewardship
14. Cooperation
15. The Christian and the Social Order
16. Peace and War
17. Religious Liberty
18. The Family (added in 1998)
Report of the Committee on the Baptist Faith and Message (1963)
Report of the Baptist Faith and Message Study Committee (1998)

Version to search: 2000 1963/1998 1925

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