What Does a Southern Baptist "Resolution" Mean?

Every year, the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, and those to the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, approve resolutions that express their opinions on diverse timely issues. Here is what those resolutions do for us:

1)  First, we should note that these resolutions are not binding on the convention or its churches. They are opinions, not motions or bylaws.

2)  They are a witness to the world, media and government leaders on how we apply the biblical witness to current issues.

3)  They are counsel to the ministries supported by our denomination in some cases. Although not binding, they help our leaders to hear what churches and members think.

4)  They can be precursors or a spur to binding action. The Southern Baptist Convention's official commitment to the sanctity of life began as a resolution at an SBC annual meeting. Some aspects of our Baptist Faith and Message were also foreshadowed by earlier resolutions.

So you see that the opinions expressed through resolutions by the messengers voting at a particular Southern Baptist meeting can be useful, even without binding authority. Their authority is often moral and might influence though cannot direct the decisions of autonomous Southern Baptist churches; but they are still an important way for our churches, through their messengers, to be salt, light and encouragement to all our audiences, within and outside our fellowship.

View the SBC Resolutions home in order to search for your desired topic. 



2015 - download

  • Sufficiency of the Word of God for the Entire Christian Life
  • Biblical Roles and Purity in Marriage
  • Affirmation of Love for All
  • Dignity of Human Life from Conception to Natural Death
  • Personal Holiness
  • Prayer and Appreciation for the State of Texas Government
  • Appreciation for President Jimmy Pritchard
  • Appreciation for Champion Forest Baptist Church

2014 - download

  • Appreciation for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Compassionate Evangelism
  • Gambling
  • Gender Identity
  • Legislation Supporting Women's and Children's Health
  • Pornography
  • Religious Liberty

2013 - download

  • Religious Liberty in America
  • Violent and Sexual Content in Video Games
  • Immigration Reform
  • Commending the Texas Legislature
  • Worldwide Persecution of Christians
  • Cooperative Program and Missions Giving
  • Billy Graham
  • "Look Like Heaven" Emphasis
  • Appreciation for President Terry Turner

2012 - download

  • Evangelism and Missions
  • Religious Liberty
  • The Sanctity of Life
  • Traditional Marriage
  • Appreciation for Richard D. Land
  • Israel
  • Our Military and Their Families
  • Cooperative Program
  • Appreciation for Castle Hills First Baptist Church

2011 - download

  • The Personhood of the Unborn
  • Israel
  • Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Appreciation for President Byron McWilliams

2010 - download

  • Racial Reconciliation
  • Life-Affirming Stem Cell Research
  • Gambling
  • Sex-Trafficking
  • Adoption and Orphan Care

2009 - download

  • Gospel-Centered Ministry
  • Sufficiency of Scripture for People of God and all Creation
  • Discipleship
  • Great Commission Resurgence
  • Cooperative Program
  • Appreciation for President Bob Pearle

2008 - download

  • Lordship of Jesus Christ
  • Centrality of Scripture
  • Primacy of the Local Church
  • Great Commission Resurgence
  • Religious Liberty
  • Sanctity of Human Life
  • Traditional and Biblical View of Marriage
  • Thanksgiving for this Convention in its Tenth Anniversary
  • Disaster Relief Efforts
  • Appreciation of Houston's First Baptist Church

2007 - download

  • Reaffirming Regenerate Church Membership
  • The Importance of Sound Doctrine for True Unity
  • The Role of The Baptist Faith & Message
  • Christian Civility
  • Support for Covenant Marriage
  • Evangelistic Outreach & Pioneer Missions
  • Biblical Literacy
  • Appreciation for Steve Swofford

2006 - download

  • Appreciation for Great Hills Baptist Church, Pastor Michael Lewis
  • Sufficiency of the Word of God for the Entire Christian Life
  • Glossolalia (Speaking in Tongues) and Private Prayer Language
  • Alcohol Use in America
  • Immigration
  • Wal-Mart Company Policy
  • North Korea
  • Cooperative Program
  • Conflict in Western Sudanese Region of Darfur

2005 - download

  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Sanctity of Human Life
  • Intelligent Design
  • Family Covenant
  • Educating Children
  • Disaster Relief Efforts for Hurricanes Katrina & Rita
  • Appreciation for Church at Quail Creek
  • Appreciation for Chris Osborne

2004 - download

  • Appreciation of Prestonwood Baptist Church
  • Support of Armed Forces during War on Terror
  • Christian Citizenship
  • Activist Judges
  • The Sudan
  • The Sanctity of Human Life: Stem Cell Research and Partial-Birth Abortion
  • Education of Our Children
  • Evangelism
  • Christian Holiness

2003 - download

  • The Sanctity of Human Sexuality
  • Gratitude for Governor Rick Perry
  • Christian Citizenship
  • The Federal Marriage Amendment
  • Church and State Relations
  • Missions Giving
  • Gratitude for Dr. George Harris
  • United States Supreme Court Decision on Texas Sodomy Law
  • The Sanctity of Human Life

2002 - download

  • The Psalm 139 Project
  • The Centrality of Christ
  • Church and State Relations
  • Journalistic Integrity
  • Annuitants
  • Appreciation of Sagemont Church, Houston, TX

2001 - download

  • Moral Decline and Christian Holiness
  • Family
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Attack on America, September 11, 2001
  • Affirmation and Appreciation for the Baptist Press of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Appreciation for the SBTC staff and for churches providing assistance for the 2001 SBTC Annual Meeting
  • Evangelism and Church Planting
  • Associations and affiliations
  • Gratitude to God for the growth of the SBTC
  • Appreciation for Dr. Rudy Hernández

2000 - download

  • Appreciation to Castle Hills FBC
  • Sanctity of Human Life
  • Spirit of the Cooperative Program
  • Gratitude for Leaders of Vision
  • Affirmation of Southern Baptist Convention Seminaries and Agencies
  • Appreciation of Stan Coffey

1999 - download

  • Recognition and gratitude of Richard Wells and Criswell College
  • Sanctity of Human Life
  • Observance of the 75th Anniversary of the Cooperative Program
  • Christian Citizenship
  • Support for the family amendment made by the SBC 1998, to the Baptist Faith and Message
  • Student-led voluntary prayer
  • Public display of the Ten Commandments on government property
  • Appreciation to Jim Richards, staff, and elected leadership

1998 - download

  • Sacredness of human life
  • Opposing the practice of homosexuality
  • Gratitude for John Brady and Woodforest Baptist Church


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