It's almost 9:30 pm tonight, and we have just returned to our room here in St. Louis. We have been on the go almost nonstop since arriving on Sunday for the Missouri Baptist Convention.
I hope each of you is doing well. We missed you all on Sunday. It just does not seem right when we cannot worship with you at Cornerstone. But I know Bro. John G. and everyone there did a great job, as always.
Let me tell you a little about what has been happening here:
MONDAY - Oct. 27
During the morning and afternoon, the Pastor's Conference was held. This year, it was directed by the founding pastor of Cornerstone, Bro. Guy Thomas. Bro. Guy did an outstanding job of planning the conference and lining up a wonderful slate of speakers. They all spoke on the theme, "Let us not grow weary . . . ." We heard from several wonderful preachers, including Kenny Qualls from St. Louis, who led Cornerstone in revival several years ago. Junior Hill was just outstanding, speaking in the afternoon. A common theme throughout was the encouragement of Pastors and believers not to grow weary in doing the work to which God has called us. We must keep going, even when times are tough, knowing that God is faithful, and He has called us to faithfulness.
Monday evening, the actual annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention got underway. The Monday session is basically a time to get things started, and to hear messages from the Executive Director of the MBC (Dr. David Tolliver), and the current President of the MBC - Dr. Gerald Davidson.
Dr. Tolliver encouraged us as Missouri Baptists to focus on restoring fellowship and reaching the lost for Jesus Christ. He pointed out, that we can only be in right fellowship with each other as we live with humility and dependence on the Lord. As we are in right fellowship with the Lord Jesus and with one another, we will be effective in sharing the Gospel with the world around us.
Dr Davidson preached on "Jesus." That's the best subject of all! Before he began his sermon, he said he considered preaching on the subject, "How would Jesus vote?" Of course, that got everyone's attention. He said he would not preach that sermon, but he then went on to give us the outline's main points. Do you want to know what he said? I'll simply give you his main points:
I. Jesus Would Vote Pro-Life
II. Jesus Would Vote Pro-Morality
III. Jesus Would Vote Pro-Family
IV. Jesus Would Vote Pro-God
He did not elaborate much, and of course, endorsed no candidates. He just set forth those principles for people to use in drawing their own conclusions.
His sermon on Jesus focused on the fact that Jesus is God who became man and gave His life for the sins of all people. He is the Redeemer, the only way to be forgiven and the only way to heaven. The life-changing message of Jesus must be at the heart of all we are, and all we do.
TUESDAY - October 28
Today has been a full day, beginning at 8:00 am and continuing until after 9:00 pm. We heard reports from our Baptist colleges, and from the Executive Board. Several motions were read into the record and will be considered tomorrow, along with several resolutions.
Just before lunch, Dr. John Swadley, from Joplin, preached the Convention Sermon - and what a sermon it was, entitled "Amazing Grace." I bought a copy of the message on DVD, and we will show it tomorrow night at Prayer Meeting, at 7:00 pm. It was that good! You have to see and hear it for yourself! I won't share anymore because I don't want to spoil it. Pass the word to be there to hear this message!
Dr. Bruce McCoy, from St. Louis, has been elected as the new President of the MBC. Let's pray for God's guidance and strength for him as he begins his service.
Tonight, we hear the missions report, all about what God is doing in church planting and missions through Missouri Baptists. We are part of all that is done through our giving and our praying, and as we join God in His work. It is a privilege to be part of God's great work of Grace in the lives of people.
Tomorrow morning will be the final session, and then we will head home to Jefferson City in the afternoon. We'll see you then and share more.