NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A revised edition of the Baptist Faith and Message tract was released Sept. 1 by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The tract was revised to include a four-paragraph “family article” added to the confessional statement with approval by messengers to the June 9-11 annual meeting of the SBC in Salt Lake City.
Drafted by a seven-member special committee, Article 18 describes marriage as “the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.” It also notes, “The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. … A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. … A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.”
Speaking to SBC messengers, Anthony Jordan, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and chairman of the special committee, said the family article “is deeply rooted in the clear teaching of Scripture.”
While not a binding document or creed, the Baptist Faith and Message outlines basic Baptist beliefs related to subjects such as Scripture, God, man, salvation, the church, baptism and the Lord’s supper and religious liberty. The confessional statement was first adopted by the SBC in 1925. The only other revision to the document came in 1963.
In addition to the family article, the new 24-page tract features a new cover design and a slightly larger size. Copies are available at 25 cents each and may be ordered by calling LifeWay’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-458-2772.