Showing posts with label Doctrine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Doctrine. Show all posts

Sunday, November 04, 2012

West Tennessee articles of faith

Through the kindness of Albert Wardin of Nashville, I received copies of the Abstract of Principles of the Western District Association, 1823, and the Articles of Faith of the Forked Deer Association, 1825. To the best of my ability I transcribed these statements and Bro. Jim Duvall has posted them on the Baptist History Homepage. If you're interested in Baptist history, particularly in the western territory of Tennessee, you'll want to take a look at them. These are the two oldest associations in the western area. Baptist laity and ministers migrated from that area into other parts, especially south and west, and so they figure into Baptist history in other areas as well.

Click on the highlighted links above to go to the statements.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Building a Statement of Faith

Have any of you readers ever been involved in writing a statement of faith? Maybe for a church or association? If so, how did you do it? If not, how would you write a statement of faith if you were to write one for a church or association?

Would you prefer less or more? Would it be minutely detailed or briefly succinct? Lots of articles (e.g. 20 to 30) or fewer articles (e.g. 8 to 12)?

Would it be inclusive or exclusive? Would you try to include as many variations as possible or exclude all but those in tight-knit agreement?

Would it be historic or unique? Would you try to incorporate or follow historic Baptist confessions as much as possible or would you work independently of them?

Would it be "theological" or "biblical"? (That is) would you use theological terms and explanations such as "Trinity", or would you use biblical wording such as "these three are one".

Would it be logical, chronological, or otherwise? Would you follow God's revelation in chronological order, or a logical order of what you feel one needs to know first, second, third,...?