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Baptist Beliefs: Cooperation

Baptists hold to voluntary cooperation with others for the proclamation of a common Message and the fulfillment of a common Mission. Their message is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and, in a more comprehensive way, the Christian Faith or, as Jude 3 states, “the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” Their mission is the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ and all that this mission entails. They...

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Baptist Beliefs: Religious liberty

Religious liberty is truly a Baptist distinctive. Baptists were instrumental in the inclusion of the religious liberty requirements in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ironically, the greatest violation of human rights in the world today is quite likely the persecution and violation of religious liberty of Christians. There are also attacks on religious liberty in the U.S. The Bible provides a basis for religious liberty....

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Facing the Calvinism question: New SBC report aims for unity, answers tensions
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Facing the Calvinism question: New SBC report aims for unity, answers tensions

Truth, trust & testimony in a time of tension: A statement from the SBC Calvinism Advisory Committee Southern Baptists are Great Commission people. We are also a doctrinal people, and those doctrinal convictions undergird our Great Commission vision and passion. We are a confessional people, who stand together upon the doctrines most vital to us all, confessed together in The Baptist Faith and Message. Within this common...

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Baptist Beliefs: Tragedy and hope in Oklahoma

Soon, the news coverage of Moore will be gone. Caring people from out of state will return home, and even Oklahomans will return to their lives before they were so dramatically affected May 19 in Shawnee and May 20 in Moore. We are grateful for their every caring act. People in Oklahoma and across our nation are asking “why” or attempting to explain the “why” of this terrible damage and loss of life caused by a mammoth tornado....

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Baptist Beliefs: Assurance of Salvation and the Christian Life

“Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh what a foretaste of glory divine, Heir of salvation…” Baptists have resounded this refrain for many years. It brings comfort to their souls and reflects their confidence that this is God’s promise. The answers to two questions help explain this belief: When I become a Christian, how do I have the assurance that I will always be a Christian; and what is the way of life that demonstrates I am a...

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Baptist Beliefs: Election

For centuries, Baptist Confessions of Faith have entitled their understanding of election as “God’s Purpose of Grace.” In fact, these historic confessions of faith are not only in agreement, but they also have used nearly the exact wording of that article for almost two centuries. Article V of the BF&M 2000 (like Article V—1963 BF&M; Article X—1925 BF&M; Article V—1833 New Hampshire Confession) states that, “Election is...

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