created by the Southern Baptist Convention
s of that denomination
The Baptist Faith and Message was first created by a committee appointed
out of the Southern Baptist Convention in the mid-1920's. The Convention at that
time deemed it necessary to have a document that outlined the tenets
of the Christian faith as viewed by their denomination. In 1925, the
first version of the Baptist Faith and Message was adopted by the
delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention.
The document consists of a number of sections outlining the beliefs
of Southern Baptists on a number of spiritual issues. These include
their belief that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, their belief
in the triune God and His attributes and their belief that Jesus of Nazerath
is the only Son of God and through Him comes salvation. The document
also outlines their view on baptism, salvation, grace, and church membership,
among other issues.
The Baptist Faith and Message has gone through two more committees over
the years and been revised to clarify and adjust the original writing.
The second committee's version was adopted in 1966 and the most recent
was in 2000.
The sections of the most recent version are as follows: