*Posted by Winston Hottman
A recent survey by LifeWay Research catalogs the ways Southern Baptist churches approach the Lord’s Supper. The study examines the frequency of observances and restrictions on participation.
The survey raises interesting questions about Southern Baptist practices and distinctives. Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, is quoted in a Baptist Press cover of the story:
“A single question cannot capture all the nuances of who churches allow to participate. There are many descriptive phrases different people prefer,” McConnell said. “However, the choices provided address key attributes mentioned in the Baptist Faith and Message such as believer’s baptism and church membership. Today, many Southern Baptist churches may nuance their answers in different ways, but this gives a helpful picture of where SBC pastors are on the issue when choosing between the provided options.
“Clearly, though, this survey points out a difference between the beliefs expressed in the Baptist Faith and Message, and the Lord’s Supper practices of many Southern Baptist churches,” McConnell said.
Article VII of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (SBC.net/bfm) lists baptism as a “prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.” Article VII also says the Lord’s Supper is for “members of the church.”
Check out the rest of the Baptist Press article here.