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Why the Nicene Creed in the BFM

The Creed summarizes the written Word to exalt the living Word, says Malcolm Yarnell. It is always the right time to preserve and protect for future generations the truth concerning Jesus as “very God of very God.” As the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting approaches Malcolm Yarnell encourages Southern Baptists to understand the value of the Nicene Creed to help preserve correct Trinitarian doctrine.

Next week at the Southern Baptist Convention, Andrew Brown, Stephen Lorance, Steve McKinion, and Malcolm Yarnell will move that the Messengers amend the BFM with the article, “The Creed.” The creed they are referring to is none other than the Nicene Creed and in this Credo essay they provide three reasons why they believe the time to do so is now. May we ask that you pray for these men and please consider supporting this move for the sake of the church.

Malcolm B. Yarnell III

Malcolm B. Yarnell III (PhD, Oxford University) is Research Professor of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and teaching pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church of Granbury, Texas. He is the author of three widely-reviewed books, the first on systematic theology, The Formation of Christian Doctrine (B&H Academic, 2007); the second on biblical theology, God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits (B&H Academic, 2016); and the third on historical theology, Royal Priesthood in the English Reformation (Oxford University Press, 2014). He recently published a treatise on philosophical theology, John Locke’s ‘Letters of Gold’ (Oxford, 2017), and co-authored a book on covenant ecclesiology, The Fourth Strand of the Reformation (Oxford, 2018).

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