Baptist 21 writers Jon Akin and Walter Strickland recently sat down with Chad Bresson to do a radio interview for THE PATH. The Path is a Christian radio station that broadcasts out of Cedarville University. Bresson asked Baptist 21 about the events of the Convention and what is in store for Baptist 21. You can check out the interview here.
Here are some of the questions asked in the interview:
Christmas in August:
At this year’s SBC Dr. Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, challenged the Southern Baptist Convention to have a Christmas in August to make up for the Lottie Moon Mission’s Offering shortfall this year. Due to this shortfall, there are qualified missionaries that will be left at home because we cannot send them. In order to stem this trend, Baptist21 would like to encourage this Christmas in August campaign for the “propagation of the gospel” among the unreached nations and peoples of the world.
There are many churches who are jumping on board with this challenge, we hope many more will.
From the Southeastern Website:
In the midst of tough economic times, Southern Baptists are being challenged to dig deeply and financially support international missions by giving to a special Lottie Moon Christmas offering during August.
Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., said on Tuesday, June 23, at the Southern Baptist Convention that it is his desire to see Southeastern students, alumni and friends, and eventually all of the Southern Baptist Convention, to give so more can go overseas…
In light of news that the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention – the international missions arm of the SBC – is no longer financially able to send all of the eligible missionaries, Akin said, “It breaks my heart that people want to go, but we don’t have the funds to send them. I am not going to tell our students to look for a home assignment just because of a shortage of funds. I am going to tell them to look for a movement of God to get the necessary funds to get them to the fields… Southern Baptists are a Great Commission people. At moments of crisis and need, I have watched our people step up and respond time and time again.” He said the recent shortfall in the annual Lottie Moon Christmas offering “provides us with another opportunity to demonstrate our devotion to Christ and passion for the lost. That is what Christmas in August is all about.”
In addition, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is rallying people to this cause.
From a Special Webpage dedicated to Christmas in August by Southwestern Seminary:
Every Christmas for more than 100 years, Southern Baptists have promoted the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This offering, named after one of our great missionaries to China, was established in the winter of 1881 and has, since that time, enabled missionaries to traverse the world with the Gospel. Last year, however, the offering fell short of its necessary goal by nearly $30 million. This shortfall has resulted in the indefinite suspension of crucial missionary endeavors and a reduction in the number of full-time missionary appointments.
Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt and other SBC leaders have called for a special offering to be taken in local churches during the month of August as part of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. While you can give year round to the Lottie Moon offering, your gifts to Christmas in August will help offset the shortfall from 2008. Contributions will allow the SBC to continue sending missionaries all around the world. Please consider having such an offering in your local church.
Southwestern Seminary receives no money from this offering. We have developed the free resources below in support of the SBC, to further the Great Commission and to help a sister SBC agency. Please encourage your church to contribute to the International Mission Board for the purpose of reaching 6.5 billion people on this planet for Jesus Christ. Their eternal destiny depends on it.
Check out this website where this is a link to give directly to the Lottie Moon Offering, as well as a link that provides more information about Lottie Moon. In addition, they have created a Christmas in August Logo to be used by churches as they move their people to sacrificial giving in the month of August.
Please rally your churches to have a special day of worship to give to this offering as we long to see the name of Christ made famous among the nations to the Glory of our Great God.
An Article in Florida Baptist Witness about Sustaining Missionaries from Ken Whitten, Pastor of Idlewild in Tampa.
Between the Times- has posted a blog about Christmas in August
JD Greear – has blogged about Summit’s plans to participate in a Christmas in August offering.
SWBTS’ Christmas in August Page- has resources for churches to use, including some logos, web banners, and bulletin inserts.
Here is also a video produced by Southwestern:
Part one of this series (Lordship of Christ) is available here.
Jon Akin is taking his congregation through Bible texts that relate to the different axioms of the GCR and showing why the local church should care about the GCR. Part 2 of this series deals with axiom 2, “A Commitment to Gospel-Centeredness. We call upon all Southern Baptists to make the gospel of Jesus Christ central in our lives, our churches, and our convention ministries. (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:17-21).” Jon Akin’s passage for his sermon on Axiom 2 is Matthew 4
Part one of this interview is available here.
In part two, J.D. talks about church planting nationally and internationally, church revitalization, multi-site, small groups, challenges facing the SBC, and more.
Note: This interview came pre-convention
By: Marcus DeWare (pseudonym of a Guest Blogger who is a missionary in a high-security area)
I recently returned from an annual meeting of IMB colleagues. Serving on the field sometimes requires families and individuals to be isolated from co-workers. This annual meeting is a great time to congregate with co-laborers to worship God, encourage one another in our work, console those who are hurting, and to hear how our Master is moving among the various people groups we are targeting with the gospel.
On July 1, the IMB implemented a global restructuring and the changes will continue for several more months. The motif of change reverberated throughout our whole meeting. We have a new catalog of acronyms (and for anyone who has spent time with people from the Board, you know our company acronyms can be dizzying). We have a new leadership structure. We have new team groupings. The unreached people groups we are passionate about targeting are the heart of this re-organization. These changes hope to facilitate front-line workers to be freed up and better equipped in their task. These changes were more difficult for some than others.
I observed that the people who are affected most by these changes are the ones that are the most removed from front-line positions of evangelism and church planting. Most people I talked to at our meeting who are front-line personnel do not feel like their assignment or task has changed at all. The people who are experiencing the most change and uneasiness are those serving in support positions and administrative roles. Most everyone in our company does not like change, but we all embrace changes that will make us more useful for the sake of Jesus’ fame among the nations.
The changes we are experiencing as the missions agency of the SBC can help inform the changes the SBC may experience in the near future as a result of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. I was one of the first people to sign the declaration. I love our convention and am grateful to God for the opportunities to be discipled in an SBC church, trained for gospel ministry in an SBC seminary, and sent out to the global harvest through our SBC missions agency. I am expectantly looking forward to how the structure and arrangement of the SBC will be changing in the future so that all Southern Baptists may impact the globe for Jesus’ fame. Several observations from our recent annual meeting are useful the SBC in the coming months and years.
I am praying for the SBC and the GCR Task Force. I pray that through any changes the SBC may adopt that the convention will be more suited to do the work the gospel demands of us all as Southern Baptists. Change is inevitable. We can either impact the change or be impacted by it. Through proactive steps and the visionary leadership of godly men and women in our denomination I believe the SBC still can look to great days ahead for the purpose of reaching the nations. We exist as a cooperation of autonomous churches because of the gospel; we ought to maintain that gospel-centeredness through the changes and to the next generations.
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