Faith and Hope in the New Millennium

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BWA World Congress Resolution 2000.1

The Baptist World Alliance Congress meeting in Melbourne, January 5-9, 2000

AFFIRMS the message of the Congress theme, “Jesus Christ Forever. Yes!”; the center of all our life as
Baptists in Jesus Christ who is the eternal Son of God, Lord and Savior; we affirm the new century in the
strong hope of Christ and his future for all humanity;

ANTICIPATES eagerly the return of Jesus Christ as a divine promise of the Word of God;

HOLDS fast to the promises contained in the Bible and upon which our faith is securely founded;

RENEWS our commitment to continue to labor diligently in the work of evangelism, discipleship and
service as visible expressions of our faith and hope in Christ; and

CALLS upon all Baptists and other Christians in every place to join in recommitting ourselves to live as
faithful witnesses in selfless service to others and to God under the authority of Christ, the teaching of
Scripture, and the empowering of the Holy Spirit.


Original Source Bibliography: Ryan, Wendy E., editor. Jesus Christ Forever. Yes!: Official Report of the
Eighteenth Baptist World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, January 5-9, 2000
. McLean, VA: Baptist
World Alliance, 2000.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Wendy E. Ryan, ed., Jesus Christ Forever. Yes!: Official Report of
the Eighteenth Baptist World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, January 5-9, 2000
(McLean, VA: Baptist
World Alliance, 2000), p. 160.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 2000.1 Faith and Hope in the New

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 2000.1).

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