The 10th Baptist World Youth Conference

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BWA General Council Resolution 1984.2

We rejoice in the success of the 10th Baptist World Youth Conference recently held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

We strongly reaffirm the following message from the Conference addressed to Baptists of the world and commend its implementation in whatever way seems most appropriate:

“We have come from 68 nations to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to witness to our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We, 4000 delegates representing millions of Baptist young people around the world, send this message of hope to Baptist youth everywhere.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the truth and thus the basis of all our actions. Because of Christ our lives have meaning. We pledge ourselves to share this Good News with all youth in every country of the world. We pledge ourselves to work to evangelize the world in our generation.

Our faith in Jesus Christ is a call to commitment. No longer can we be passive participants in a lost world, but we commit ourselves to active responsibility as servants of Christ to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the imprisoned.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. Thus we are called to be peacemakers. We appeal to all the leaders of the world to stop the nuclear arms race which threatens to destroy God’s creation. As peacemakers we call upon Baptist young people to work for justice as a counterpart to peace.

The world economic order which pits rich against poor and nation against nation is a sign of sin for which Christ alone is the answer.

We dedicate ourselves to the task of being witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our personal and social lives.

Our message is Jesus Christ! We call all brothers and sisters to rededicate their lives to Christ and to be his witnesses to the end that the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of our Lord and he shall reign forever and ever!

With gratitude in our hearts and thanks to God we send a word of love to the people and Baptists of Argentina. You have welcomed us warmly and have made possible a significant Conference for Baptist young people around the world. May God bless your country and leadership as it brings a new era of peace and justice to its people. We thank your president, Raul Alfonsin, for honoring us with his presence and message of hope and reconciliation.

As our contribution to the UN International Year of Youth 1985 we pledge ourselves to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to work for peace and justice in our own countries and around the world. We will continue our efforts to work for friendship between young people East and West, North and South.

To God be the glory — great things He hath done! We go with a renewed vision of dedication to work for the kingdom of God and the proclamation of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to everyone in the world. Jesus Christ is the Truth — our faith, our commitment, our peace!”


Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984), p. 86.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1984.2 The 10th Baptist World Youth Conference;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1984.2).

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