Frank Page: The Future of the Cooperative Program

The conference began today with an address by Dr. Frank Page, President of the Southern Baptist Convention. His topic is the future of the Cooperative Program. First, Dr. Page mentions his own nervousness at the expectations of a scholarly presentation. His desire is to address the topic from Scripture. Before turning to Scripture, Page recounts the story of the grandmother who sent a Christmas card to all her grandchildren with the words: “Merry Christmas! I love you! Buy your own gift.” A few weeks later, to her horror she discovered the checks which she had intended to enclose. Many times, we as Southern Baptists have conveyed a similar message to a lost world.

The text which Dr. Page used was Philippians 1:12-20.

12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.

Dr. Page addressed the importance of motive, means and methodology for our cooperation together.

About halfway through this session, the computer locked up and I lost the entire post, so this is not as detailed as it otherwise would have been. I hope to do better next session. Stay tuned.

2 comments

  1. “About halfway through this session, the computer locked up and I lost the entire post,”

    Let us exegete this statement, using the best language tools known to man, “About halfway through this session, (the computer locked up)[a old Mesopotamian idiom according to Marvin Sepathur MD, Ph.D, Abc, best translated: I fell asleep.]

    Just kidding Steve :)

    Charlie

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