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UPDATE: Nov 16, 2:45 p.m.
BRANDON (FBW)—David Uth, pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, in delivering the biblical message to messengers of the Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 9 said Christians should forego convenience and comfort to pursue God’s call. He said a Christian should have the same “compelling desire” to follow God’s direction as the Apostle Paul had to go to Rome.
BRANDON (FBW) – Messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting overwhelmingly approved on Nov. 9 a recommendation to move within 4-7 years to a 50/50 distribution of Cooperative Program funds with the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report, of which the CP distribution was one recommendation, was the most highly anticipated item of business during the Nov. 8-9 meeting at First Baptist Church in Brandon where messengers also also elected a new president and approved recommendations to sell Florida Baptist Convention-owned properties.
Six recommendations were approved in one vote after messengers easily rejected a motion requesting separate debate and votes on each recommendation.
The IIGCRTF was created at the 2009 FBSC annual meeting, which authorized John Cross, FBSC president, to appoint the group to study how Florida Baptists could be move effective and efficient in fulfilling Jesus’ missions mandate.
The IIGCRTF report parallels the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report adopted in June by messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando.
The overwhelming adoption last week of the Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report by messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention will undoubtedly result in significant change in Florida Baptist life. While it’s quite unclear precisely what those changes will entail, moving to a 50/50 Cooperative Program distribution with the Southern Baptist Convention—the heart of the report—and implementation of the other recommendations may very well revolutionize the structure of the Florida Baptist Convention.
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Gratitude is the memory of the heart, says a proverb.
If that is true, my heart will gratefully remember some of God’s servants as Thanksgiving 2010 approaches:
“Multiculturalism,” wrote the British scholar Theodore Dalrymple of the Manhattan Institute, “rests on the supposition-or better, the dishonest pretense-that all cultures are equal.”
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To write about what God values would be almost endless. We could discuss the Ten Commandments as an example of what God values. The entire scope of morality falls under that category. We could even inject issues of the environment in as much as God gave humans the responsibility of having dominion over the natural order. The subject is narrowed when we think about our Lord’s death on the cross for sinners. The Great Commission embodied the heart of God’s purposes. From that standpoint we can isolate our topic as it relates to the proclamation of the good news. We include teaching along with preaching under the role of proclamation.
BRANDON (FBW)—Pastors were exhorted to rekindle both their sense of calling to ministry and their personal passion for Christ at the 2010 Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference Nov. 7-8 at First Baptist Church in Brandon.
Gathering around the theme “Fan the Flame,” attendees heard messages from Florida Baptist pastors Tommy Green, Otto Fernandez, Craig Conner, Jimmy Scroggins, Ken Whitten, and Stephen Rummage, and Focus on the Family’s H.B. London.
TAMPA (FBC/FBW)—Donning jackets and sweatshirts to brave one of the coolest Saturdays this season, Florida Baptist volunteers quickly made intentional connections Nov. 6 in a variety of cultural settings throughout the Tampa Bay area, warming hearts with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ during “Crossover Tampa Bay.”
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