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Differences And Components Of The Baptist Faith And Message

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Introduction Baptists are believers with profound beliefs in the authority of the Old and New Testaments. In order to teach and defend the faith, Baptist churches and associations adopted doctrinal commitments and core beliefs through the Baptist Faith and Message (BF&M). The Statement were derived from the New Hampshire Confession of Faith of 1883, but was revised to meet the needs of Baptists. The BF&M statements were considered merely a confession of the Baptists’ beliefs and not meant to be a creed. Fundamentally, the role of the Baptist Faith and Message was to adopt statements that would “clarify the atmosphere and remove some causes of misunderstanding, friction, and apprehension” These confessions of faith were implemented to confirm repentance to God, perpetuate faith in Jesus Christ, and fulfil the Great Commission. Further, the statements are intended to clarify and provide guidance of the basic beliefs that stands as the foundation of the Baptist’s faith, witness, and worship. As an autonomous body, the local congregation is considered to be independent in its faith and fellowship of the gospel.
This paper will compare and contrast the ecclesiological portions of the Baptist Faith and Message doctrinal statements of 1925 (section XII), 1963 (section VI), and 2000 (section VI). Further, it will identify and explain similarities and differences in the three statements. Finally, it will explain the changes in the Baptist Faith & Message.

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