Starting next Thursday, I plan to launch a personal systematic theology overview study, using the Southern Baptist Convention’s Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as a guide. Each week I will post an article from the confession, with the scripture references linked to the ESV. I will also try to include links to pertinent documents on the web, sermons, and books. I invite anyone to join me in the study by adding your comments or links to the corresponding entry.
Several factors motivate my study. Our church, Lakeshore Baptist church uses the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, as well as other historic confessions. In order for these documents to serve their intended function, we must know what they say and continually acquaint ourselves with them for our own instruction. To that end, we read through our confessions as part of each weeks Sunday morning service. Next week, Lord willing, we will begin reading through the BF&M. Three weeks for the doctrine of God; God the Father. god the son, and God the Holy Spirit, will take 20 weeks. My online study will correspond to the corporate readings.
We also want to foster a Berean spirit Acts 17:11. In this online study I will provide the scripture links to the corresponding references for each article, with the understanding that the Word of God, stands as the “supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.”