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April 2018 Issue

God protects Christians facing contemporary turmoil and troubles just as He protected the apostle Paul in the first century, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said in his address to the SBC Executive Committee.
They say everything’s bigger in Texas. Well, that’s certainly the case when it comes to Dallas-Fort Worth—a large landscape of cities that have inched so close together it’s hard to tell where one ends and another begins.
It has been said that if you scratch a Southern Baptist, he or she will bleed missions and evangelism. We love to study and apply sound doctrine. We love meaningful, biblical fellowship with other believers.
Go. Stand. Speak.
Program schedule for the 2018 SBC Annual Meeting.
All event listings are accurate according to the Executive Committee’s information at press time and are subject to change. Please refer to the “SBC Annual Meetings” app for updates and to plan your schedule.
The Cooperative Program Stage provides an opportunity for messengers to the SBC annual meeting to hear firsthand reports about a variety of SBC missions and ministries, and “listen in” on panel discussions on important issues for Southern Baptists.
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Mike Carlisle, director of missions for San Diego (California) Southern Baptist Association, noted that “the association is the closest organization to the local church in Southern Baptist life.”
Inland Empire Baptist Association in Southern California has forged a new path in the concept of Southern Baptist partnerships. Ministry, encouragement, and inspiration flow in both directions when Southern Baptists cooperate.
With a few exceptions, annual baptisms reported by Kentucky Baptist churches have been in decline since at least 1980. In that year, Kentucky Baptist churches reported 20,457 baptisms.
Revival services are no longer common. Baptisms are declining. Full-time evangelists are rarely invited to speak in Southern Baptist churches. Those concerns were the topic of conversation among a group of fifteen evangelists in Jackson, Tennessee.
The SBC Executive Committee voted to recommend adding the National Day of Prayer back to the SBC Events Calendar beginning in 2018–2019 and into the future.
The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is facilitating connection points for churches to do intentional personal evangelism in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as part of the Crossover outreach before the June 12–13 SBC annual meeting.
In May of 2016, a fire ravaged the storefront offices that Life Community Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, had hoped to turn into a space for local student ministry efforts.
GuideStone Marks Its Centennial with a Nod to the Past and a Focus on the Future
The story of GuideStone® could be told in time: one hundred years of ministry. It could be told in dollars: A $100,000 gift from the Baptist Sunday School Board that kicked off its ministry in 1918.
Answering God’s call requires absolute trust—an “all-in” faith that seems daring or even risky to the outside world. One hundred years ago, bold obedience resulted in the creation of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Real change can happen in the lives of the people in your congregation when a stewardship culture takes hold of your church.
Can one person really make a difference? Can one person—you—be used by God to impact the world for Christ? Yes, you! Has God been tugging at your heart? What might He want to do in and through you?