W e are very thankful for the increasing interest of many churches and Southern Baptist leaders in serving Hispanic churches. We greatly appreciate the support of many leaders, including presidents of national entities, former SBC presidents, members of the Executive Committee and the President of the Convention. In this critical hour in our Hispanic churches when we are so fragile and have so many needs, we want our national leaders to know of our true status, calling upon them to pray for us and join us in seeing these needs addressed.
In the last three decades, our Convention has experienced both the Conservative Resurgence and the Great Commission Resurgence, which has resulted in amazing and positive change. Now is the time for our Hispanic churches to experience these changes so we can rise up to reach our nation and world for Christ. It is as if, perhaps because of language reasons, the Hispanic ministries serving our churches stayed in the 1980’s or early 1990’s. This situation has morphed into a combination of positive thinking, soft prosperity gospel, theological moralism, and subjectivism. This has created a concerning theological confusion. Today, in many ministries and churches, convictions have been substituted with experientialism, resulting in guest speakers at state and national events teaching against the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. As president Ronnie Floyd recently said, “our people do not know what we believe and why we believe it. We found ourselves crying, our people are perishing because a lack of knowledge!”.
The need is great, the challenges are many, but our God is all-powerful and all loving. We believe in the power of His Word to create, transform, convict, and comfort. We are calling our Hispanic communities to work together, centered on the gospel of Christ and the BFM2000, to see the glory of God being displayed in our churches and national ministries.
We ask you to join us in this walk as we seek to honor Christ by serving our Hispanic communities.
We areA network of Hispanic Southern Baptist pastors who want to see Christ exalted and His Word proclaimed in the Hispanic community and in Spanish-speaking congregations.
We existTo foster fellowship among Hispanic pastors within the Southern Baptist Convention, encourage a Great Commission mindset among our communities, and nurture the soundness of “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).
We loveOur Triune Lord, the inerrant and sufficient written Word of God, the church and the nations.
- That we express our love for God and His Word by obeying His commands and faithfully proclaiming His Word.
- That we love the church when we teach the Word, when we serve in a tender and sacrificial spirit, and when we protect the flock from false teachings.
- That we love the nations when we proclaim the saving gospel of Christ, and when we witness to them, in words, acts, and deeds, the sweet compassion of our Lord and Savior.
Mission Statement and Core Values
Embracing the GospelThe Gospel is the motivating factor in all that we do at HBPA. Through its power in the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, lives, families, communities and cultures are transformed. With its truth embraced, we will strive to allow the gospel to direct every facet of our lives by living its truth individually as well as corporately. The follow three areas are vital expressions of the gospel at HBPA.
The Whole Counsel of GodThere is no greater need for the Christian than to consistently feed on God’s Word. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4) Consequently, the survival and faithfulness of any local church depends on its commitment to the Bible. This commitment brings forth a God-centered focus that moves the Christian to maturity and the non-believer to true repentance and salvation. As a result, we believe the whole counsel of God makes its way through the life of our churches at every level - from the exposition of the Scriptures during Sunday morning worship services to the Bible stories presented at a children’s Sunday school class.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Spirit-filled LivesChristians have been forever changed because of the permanent indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. But, although eternity is secured for them, there is still the necessity of living Spirit-filled lives if true holiness and effective ministry is to be experienced. How do you know if a Christian is Spirt-filled? It is not by a mystical outward sign but more an inward joy and peace that overflows with fruitfulness for the common good and mission of the church (Gal. 5:22-23)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. - Romans 15:!3
Biblical FellowshipGod created Man for relationship; a relationship with God and relationships with each other. Similarly, when Jesus was pressed about the greatest commandment, he gave two: Love God, love your neighbor.
The fellowship the believer experiences is not superficial, it is real. It enjoys the light conversation of a casual friend but is also able to speak to the deepest of subjects. At times, it’s direct and confrontational but it’s always loving. The believer is concerned with his neighbor’s heart and unlike the folly of Cain, is called to actually be his brother’s keeper.
For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers. - Hebrews 2:11
Complementarian RelationshipsSolid biblical fellowship and community is followed by a right understanding of the differences between genders. We have come to understand that our roles as men and women have been clearly defined in God’s Word and following his plan maximizes our gospel effectiveness and joy. In short, men and women are created equal, loved and pursued by God and have been given distinct roles to complement one another for the purposes of rightly reflecting the relationship between Christ and his Church, God’s creative order and sanctifying plan in both the home and the church.
Engaging in MissionFaithfulness to the Gospel demands that all believers engage in missions. Therefore, at HBPA we will make missional living a lifestyle both as individuals and as the churches. We will strive to contextualize the truth of the gospel across every language and culture whether it is within our cities or across the globe. Our mission strategy will not be limited to just sharing the gospel but will extend to becoming churches that plants other like-minded churches.
Missional LivingThe life of the Christian is one of purpose and intention. As the Christian has so he gives. What the Christian has is life, forgiveness of sin and life with God through Jesus his Son.
The charter to life with God is the responsibility of proclamation and reclamation. The Christian does this both actively and passively. Actively, the Christian shares the good news of Jesus in all aspects of life to friends, enemies, bosses and subordinates. Passively, the Christian proclaims Jesus through good will and charity. The Christian’s display of good character makes Christ beautiful.
How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! - Romans 10:15b
Missional ChurchesThe church, a gathered group of people who trust Jesus, is God’s vehicle for life transformation. Within the bounds of the church, the lost find Jesus while believers mature in the faith. As the church grows in maturity, so it expands through gospel proclamation. Thus, the church is missional when it cultivates love for God, encourages missional living and exemplifies a missional culture through sending and going.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age. - Matthew 28:19-20
The Baptist Faith and Message
Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
Articles of Affirmation and Denial
The Danvers Statement
- The widespread uncertainty and confusion in our culture regarding the complementary differences between masculinity and femininity;
- the tragic effects of this confusion in unraveling the fabric of marriage woven by God out of the beautiful and diverse strands of manhood and womanhood;
- the increasing promotion given to feminist egalitarianism with accompanying distortions or neglect of the glad harmony portrayed in Scripture between the loving, humble leadership of redeemed husbands and the intelligent, willing support of that leadership by redeemed wives;
- the widespread ambivalence regarding the values of motherhood, vocational homemaking, and the many ministries historically performed by women;
- the growing claims of legitimacy for sexual relationships which have Biblically and historically been considered illicit or perverse, and the increase in pornographic portrayal of human sexuality;
- the upsurge of physical and emotional abuse in the family;
- the emergence of roles for men and women in church leadership that do not conform to Biblical teaching but backfire in the crippling of Biblically faithful witness;
- the increasing prevalence and acceptance of hermeneutical oddities devised to reinterpret apparently plain meanings of Biblical texts;
- the consequent threat to Biblical authority as the clarity of Scripture is jeopardized and the accessibility of its meaning to ordinary people is withdrawn into the restricted realm of technical ingenuity;
- and behind all this the apparent accommodation of some within the church to the spirit of the age at the expense of winsome, radical Biblical authenticity which in the power of the Holy Spirit may reform rather than reflect our ailing culture.
Based on our understanding of Biblical teachings, we affirm the following:
- Both Adam and Eve were created in God's image, equal before God as persons and distinct in their manhood and womanhood (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18).
- Distinctions in masculine and feminine roles are ordained by God as part of the created order, and should find an echo in every human heart (Gen 2:18, 21-24; 1 Cor 11:7-9; 1 Tim 2:12-14).
- Adam's headship in marriage was established by God before the Fall, and was not a result of sin (Gen 2:16-18, 21-24, 3:1-13; 1 Cor 11:7-9).
- The Fall introduced distortions into the relationships between men and women (Gen 3:1-7, 12, 16).
- In the home, the husband's loving, humble headship tends to be replaced by domination or passivity; the wife's intelligent, willing submission tends to be replaced by usurpation or servility.
- In the church, sin inclines men toward a worldly love of power or an abdication of spiritual responsibility, and inclines women to resist limitations on their roles or to neglect the use of their gifts in appropriate ministries.
- The Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, manifests the equally high value and dignity which God attached to the roles of both men and women (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18; Gal 3:28). Both Old and New Testaments also affirm the principle of male headship in the family and in the covenant community (Gen 2:18; Eph 5:21-33; Col 3:18-19; 1 Tim 2:11-15).
- Redemption in Christ aims at removing the distortions introduced by the curse.
- In the family, husbands should forsake harsh or selfish leadership and grow in love and care for their wives; wives should forsake resistance to their husbands' authority and grow in willing, joyful submission to their husbands' leadership (Eph 5:21-33; Col 3:18-19; Tit 2:3-5; 1 Pet 3:1-7).
- In the church, redemption in Christ gives men and women an equal share in the blessings of salvation; nevertheless, some governing and teaching roles within the church are restricted to men (Gal 3:28; 1 Cor 11:2-16; 1 Tim 2:11-15).
- In all of life Christ is the supreme authority and guide for men and women, so that no earthly submission-domestic, religious, or civil-ever implies a mandate to follow a human authority into sin (Dan 3:10-18; Acts 4:19-20, 5:27-29; 1 Pet 3:1-2).
- In both men and women a heartfelt sense of call to ministry should never be used to set aside Biblical criteria for particular ministries (1 Tim 2:11-15, 3:1-13; Tit 1:5-9). Rather, Biblical teaching should remain the authority for testing our subjective discernment of God's will.
- With half the world's population outside the reach of indigenous evangelism; with countless other lost people in those societies that have heard the gospel; with the stresses and miseries of sickness, malnutrition, homelessness, illiteracy, ignorance, aging, addiction, crime, incarceration, neuroses, and loneliness, no man or woman who feels a passion from God to make His grace known in word and deed need ever live without a fulfilling ministry for the glory of Christ and the good of this fallen world (1 Cor 12:7-21).
- We are convinced that a denial or neglect of these principles will lead to increasingly destructive consequences in our families, our churches, and the culture at large.