Greetings

Greetings

BWA General Council Resolution 1984.4

This Council authorizes the sending of the following messages:

“The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in West Berlin, sends warm Christian greetings to the Lutheran World Federation meeting at the same time in Budapest. We pray for God’s blessing on your deliberations and on the work of your churches throughout the world.

We thank you for your greeting sent to our Council and we share with you the hope that the forthcoming international dialogue between our two bodies will be directed by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.”

“The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in West Berlin, sends warm Christian greetings to the Mennonite World Conference meeting at the same time in Strasbourg. We pray for God’s blessing on your deliberations and on the work of your churches throughout the world.”

Citations

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. 87.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1984.4 Greetings; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1984.4).

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Resolution on Conversations between Christian Communions

BWA General Council Resolution 2001.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, July 2-7, 2001

RECALLS with appreciation the interchurch conversations between the BWA and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (1969-1973), the Lutheran World Federation 1986-1989), the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity (1984-1988), and the Mennonite World Conference (1989-1992);

NOTES the ongoing conversations with the Anglican World Communion;

BELIEVES that these conversations may provide greater understanding among communions that often have limited understanding of each other and, therefore, may not appreciate the richness of the history, theology and practice of their respective traditions; and

ENCOURAGES the continuation of these interchurch conversations in order to:

  • enhance the understanding by other Christian communions of Baptist distinctives such as the believers’ church, believers’ baptism, religious liberty, mission and evangelism;
  • support Baptists who find themselves oppressed by a dominant Christian communion;
  • strengthen the ministry of participating communions by discovering areas of cooperative Christian work;
  • search for an expression of the apostolic faith which adequately represents the
  • understandings of participating communions; and
  • seek to fulfill the plea for spiritual unity in Christ’s prayer “that all may be one…that the world may believe” (John 17:21).

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2001 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2001.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2001 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2001), pp. 95-96.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2001.4 Resolution on Conversations between Christian Communions; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2001.4).

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World Methodist Council

BWA General Council Resolution 2003.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 7-12, 2003:

CELEBRATES with the World Methodist Council the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Wesley, founder of Methodism;

THANKS God for God’s blessings upon, and use of, the Methodist Church for God’s Kingdom work during these three centuries;

PROMISES to pray for Methodists everywhere, for their present and future effectiveness in realizing God’s plan for their global mission;

OFFERS to join and cooperate with Methodists for a better understanding of our mutual interests in Kingdom business and particularly in reaching a world of people with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2003 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2003.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2003 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2003), p. 88.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2003.1 World Methodist Council; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2003.1).

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Fellowship

BWA World Congress Resolution 1995.1

The General Council and 17th World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 31-August 6, 1995,

ACKNOWLEDGES that the call to mission demands the local congregations, regional associations and national unions/conventions work together to fulfill their missionary obligation;

REJOICES in the unity in Christ experienced within the Baptist World Alliance;

NOTES that while unity between Christians confirms the proclamation of the Gospel of Reconciliation, enmity and conflict within the body of Christ continue to be a stumbling block to an unbelieving world;

AFFIRMS the initiatives of the Baptist World Alliance in entering into bilateral conversations with other Christian World Communions and stresses the importance of following up these initiatives, recognizing that loyalty to what we perceive to be biblically based doctrine, polity and practices should not prevent us from celebrating the work of the Spirit in other Christian traditions;

RECOGNIZES the since divisions within the whole human family have been the cause of much distress and loss of life, Christians are necessarily called upon to work for harmony within the wider global community;

WELCOMES the emphasis of the United Nations Year of Tolerance, an initiative which needs to be nurtured in a world where all forms of intolerance put human rights at risk.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Ryan, Wendy E., editor. Celebrate Christ: The Hope of the World; Official Report of the Seventeenth Baptist World Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1-16, 1995. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1995.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Wendy E. Ryan, ed., Celebrate Christ: The Hope of the World; Official Report of the Seventeenth Baptist World Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1-16, 1995 (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1995), pp. 203-204.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1995.1 Fellowship; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1995.1).

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Working with Other Religions and Organizations for World Peace

BWA World Congress Resolution 1970.5

The Baptist World Alliance, in its continued and determined efforts for world peace with justice, and in its further endeavors to overcome the poverty and suffering of peoples of every nation, is willing to work with other religious groups and organizations toward these ends, doing so in a manner consistent with our Baptist principles and Baptist beliefs.

Our officers are requested to carry out this policy, and to report on such working together to the Executive Committee and to the next Congress of the Baptist World Alliance.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Bryant, Cyril E., editor. Reconciliation Through Christ: Official Report of the Twelfth Congress, Tokyo, Japan, July 12-18, 1970. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1971.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Cyril E. Bryant, ed., Reconciliation Through Christ: Official Report of the Twelfth Congress, Tokyo, Japan, July 12-18, 1970 (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1971), p. 254.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1970.5 Working with Other Religions and Organizations for World Peace; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress 1970.5).