400th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Baptist Congregation

400th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Baptist Congregation

BWA General Council Resolution 2008.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, July 20-25, 2008;

Resolves to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the first Baptist congregation, formed in Amsterdam in 1609, by meeting for its next Annual Gathering in the Netherlands in 2009;

Encourages Baptists in Europe to participate in the “Amsterdam 400” Celebration organized by the European Baptist Federation;

Expresses gratitude for the goodness and guidance of God through which Baptists have grown to be a world-wide communion of faith;

Recognizes both the prophetic dissent of Baptists from established forms of the Church, and the place of Baptists within the one, holy, apostolic and universal Church of Jesus Christ;

Calls for a new exploration of a Baptist understanding of discipleship and the nature of the church in our age.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008), pp. 131- 132.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2008.3 400th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Baptist Congregation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2008.3).

400th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Baptist Congregation

Peace and Peaceful Change

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.6

We express our grave disappointment over the breaches of international peace which have occurred in the past twelve months, especially but not limited to, the situation in the Falkland Islands-Islas Malvinas, and in Lebanon, Somalia, El Salvador and Afghanistan, among others.

We name our Christian commitment to Shalom and to a Kingdom of God perspective exposing social injustice and inviting change toward more justice as an alternative to violence and war. We pray that the world Baptist community will accept courageously its Christian calling as peacemakers (Matt. 5:9) and interpret the calling as a pro-active as well as a reactive stance. We recognize that the willful destruction of human life and human values must be opposed.

We are grateful that both the Baptists of the Argentine and of Great Britain and Ireland kept alive the oneness in Christ despite other differences they may hold and prayed for one another.

We voice a concern over acts of terrorism, assassinations, and the taking of hostages all of which have posed potential threats to peace and stability, as well as being unconscionable assaults upon the individuals concerned.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 75.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.6 Peace and Peaceful Change; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.6).

400th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Baptist Congregation

Appreciation

BWA General Council Resolution 1983.6

This Council expresses its deepest appreciation:

  • to the government of Argentina for its gracious welcome and its readiness to grant visas to all participants;
  • to the officers and churches of the Convenciòn Evangèlica Bautista Argentina for the careful preparations, warm welcome, generous hospitality and interpretation service;
  • and to the staff and officers of the Alliance for their loyal commitment and organization which have insured the success of the meetings. It shares the concern of the people of Argentina for all who are victims of the disastrous floods in the northeast, and commits itself to prayerful support and continued economic aid for them. It also looks forward with eager anticipations to the world conference of Baptist young people in July 1984, believing that this can be an effective contribution to international harmony and peace. It shares with the Baptist in other Christian groups in Argentina their encouragement at the Government’s commitment to establish a constitutional government within agreed terms. It prays with them that the new government which will be elected in October will establish justice based on love and respect for others, will ensure religious freedom, and will work to remove all obstacles that may hinder the free exercise of basic human rights. Finally this Council prays for God’s blessing on the nation of Argentina and upon the ministry and mission of the Convenciòn Evangèlica Bautista Argentina in the coming years.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1983 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1983.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1983 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1983), p. 64.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1983.6 Appreciation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1983.6).

400th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Baptist Congregation

Greetings to the Southern Baptist Convention

BWA General Council Resolution 1986.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Singapore July 2-5, 1986, sends greetings to the Southern Baptist Convention and conveys interest in the well-being of the Convention through prayer that it may experience under the Lordship of Christ a strengthening of harmony and goodwill, and thereby continue to direct its total effort, out of the abundance of its resources in Christ and its churches, to the winning of people to Christ and the building up of the Church as the agent of peace and reconciliation in the world.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1986 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1986.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1986 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1986), p. 50.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1986.2 Greetings to the Southern Baptist Convention; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1986.2).

400th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Baptist Congregation

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).