Next year may be history in the making for Georgia Baptists if the state convention’s goal of 50,000 baptisms becomes a reality. State leaders believe the goal is not only possible but could be easily surpassed if churches catch the vision and equip their members for the task.
Some churches around the nation may be questioning the effectiveness of revival meetings, but the Georgia Baptist Convention has proof that higher baptism rates are directly tied to the number of revivals that are held.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) started 82 churches last year – the highest number in almost a century – and is well on its way to planting 1,000 new churches by 2020, church officials said.
The Battle of Saratoga took place in October 1777, and according to many, marked the turning point of the American Revolution. In the midst of that epic engagement, commander Daniel Morgan said to his troops, “Forget the poor fellows who fight for sixpence a day. Concentrate on the epaulet men!”
Opposing False Beliefs By John S. Connell, Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Temple, Savannah Published February 26, 2004
Israeli life had reached an all-time low. Not only had the culture become characterized by reprehensible behavior and lifestyles (v.1), but for the first time in her national history, the people of Israel were forced to flee their homes and search for refuge in the caves and dens of the mountains.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published February 26, 2004
Every year in February the state executive directors from the forty-two state conventions gather for our annual meeting. This year we enjoyed being in Portland, Oregon. Our host was Jeff Iorg, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention.
I never thought I would see the day when “Christian” America would have to specify that marriage should be between a man and a woman. In fact, it has been said, “If God doesn’t judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
According to Ephesians 4, the evangelist is as much a gift to the Church as is a pastor. In God’s economy, we simply have different functions within the Body, but that does not minimize the significance of any one gift. Depending on who you’re listening to, you’ll get a different perspective on the state of evangelism in America today. To observe some contemporary churches who are supposed to be “cutting edge,” a sustained four-day revival meeting is antiquated.
I was recently invited to serve as the chaplain of the day for the House of Representatives of the Georgia General Assembly. I felt it was a great honor to take God’s Word and address the men and women of our state legislature. The text for my 15-minute address was the beautiful Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength and a very present help in trouble.”
A decision by the SBC Executive Committee to recommend that the SBC withdraw complete funding support for the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) would be tragic. Should that happen, my prayer is that convention messengers will vote it down and restore full support.