Southern Baptist Conference Mission & Vision
… eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians, for the propagation of the gospel, any law, usage, or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.
- Charter of the Southern Baptist Convention, December 27, 1845
As a convention of churches, our missional vision is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world and to make disciples of all the nations.
- Adopted by the messengers to the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida on June 15, 2010 in response to the Report of the Great Commission Task Force
Being fully committed to the proposition that Jesus Christ is the only hope for the world, and believing Southern Baptists are yearning for spiritual renewal and Christ-centered living, and recognizing the challenge of Jesus to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, we, the undersigned Southern Baptist denominational leaders, covenant with each other and every willing Southern Baptist, under God,
To make the kingdom of God the priority in our own personal lives.
To dedicate the energies and resources of the ministries we lead to seeking first the King and His kingdom.
To cooperate with each other and the family of Southern Baptists as we pursue kingdom principles and practices.
To give ourselves to servant leadership that will assist and enable local churches in their ministry.
To pray that a new passion for Jesus breaks out among our people, our families, and our churches from which God can forge a spiritual movement marked by holy living, sacrificial service, and global witness.
To this end we affirm Empowering Kingdom Growth as a call for Southern Baptists to seek first the King and His kingdom.
- Adopted by the messengers to the 2002 Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, Missouri on June 11, 2002, in "A Covenant between Southern Baptist Denominational Leadership and the Churches"
We depend on the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and prayer to make us more like Jesus Christ.
We stand together in the truth of God’s inerrant Word, celebrating the faith once for all delivered to the saints.
We work together in love for the sake of the Gospel.
We consider others more important than ourselves.
We tell one another the truth in love and do what we say we will do.
We value Southern Baptists of all generations and embrace our responsibility to pass this charge to a rising generation in every age, faithful until Jesus comes.
We believe the local church is given the authority, power, and responsibility to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world.
We join other Christ-followers for the Gospel, the Kingdom of Christ, and the glory of God.
- Adopted by the messengers to the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida
on June 15, 2010 in response to the Report of the Great Commission Task Force.
For the director of music. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.
Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.
May the Lord silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue—
those who say,
“By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”
“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the Lord.
“I will protect them from those who malign them.”
And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like gold refined seven times.
You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked,
who freely strut about
when what is vile is honored by the human race.
Jeremiah 5:22 (NKJ)
Do you not fear Me?' says the LORD. 'Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, Yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.
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