All answers were taken from the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 with minimal edits. Any change in wording was for the sake of clarity and format and not for the sake of altering the theology of the Baptist Faith and Message. The questions were added by the author for the sake of repackaging the Baptist Faith and Message into a traditional catechism question-and-answer format. My hope is that this resource will prove edifying and a useful resource for personal sanctification and discipleship.
Introduction to The Baptist Faith and Message 2000
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.”
A Southern Baptist Catechism
1. Who wrote the Bible? The Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction.
2. Can we trust the Bible? The Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.
3.What does the Bible teach? The Holy Bible reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union.
4. Can anyone overrule or correct the Bible? No. The Bible is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.
5. Who is the central focus of the Bible? All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.Continue reading