Monday, April 02, 2018

12 Articles of the American Baptist Association

The original articles of faith of the American Baptist Association were the New Hampshire Confession of Faith (1833) and the 12-item addendum adopted by the ABA in 1924. This 12-item statement used to be printed on the Sunday School literature. I did not find it readily available online, so I am posting a copy below. I believe it was called “Those Things Most Surely Believed Among Us.” This may have been originally adopted by its forerunner, the General Association, in 1905.

1. We believe in the infallible verbal inspiration of the whole Bible. 2nd Tim. 3:16.

2. The Triune God. Matt. 28:19.

3. The Genesis Account of Creation.

4. The virgin birth of Jesus Christ. Matt. 1:20.

5. The deity of Jesus Christ.

6. His crucifixion and suffering as vicarious and substitutionary.

7. The bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints. 1st Cor. 15th chapter.

8. The second coming of Christ, personal and bodily, as the crowning event of this Gentile age. Acts 1:11.

9. The Bible doctrine of the eternal punishment of the finally impenitent. Matt. 25:46.

10. We also hold in common what real Baptists have ever held: That the great commission was given to the churches only. That in kingdom activities the church is the unit and the only unit that the churches have, and should exercise equal authority, and responsibility should be met by them according to their several abilities.

11. That all co-operative bodies such as Associations, Conventions and their Boards or Committees, etc., are and properly should be the servants of the churches.

12. We believe that the great commission teaches that there has been a succession of missionary Baptist churches from the days of Christ down to this day.

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