SBC Life

The 2008 Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies Conference: “The English Baptists of the 17th Century”

The second annual conference of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies is scheduled for August 25-26, 2008 on the campus of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  This year’s conference theme is “The English Baptists of the 17th Century.”  This year’s featured speakers include:  R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Barry Howson, Larry Kreitzer, Tom Nettles, Jim Renihan, Austin Walker, and Malcolm Yarnell.  Other up and coming Church History scholars will be presenting papers as well (see here for complete schedule).

Registration for the conference is $80.00 per person (including meals) and only $40.00 for students.  Several publishers have donated books for giveaway and there will be a conference booktable featuring great deals on great Baptist history resources.

You can download the registration form and mail in your payment by check to:

The Andrew Fuller Center Conference
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
2825 Lexington Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40280

Conference Resources:

Video Highlights of the 2008 SBC

I wanted to post a list of the highlights of the 2008 SBC Pastor’s Conference and Annual Meeting. Since the video archives are now online, I thought I would list my favorite moments from this week’s activities with links to the archived video of the moment. This list is not to say that other important things did not happen that are not listed, but is merely my personal list of highlights of the week.

Sunday PM:

Monday Afternoon:

Early Tuesday Morning:

Tuesday Afternoon:

Tuesday Evening:

Wednesday Morning:

Wednesday Evening:

Complete Text of All SBC 2008 Resolutions

Links to the “official” complete text of all of this year’s resolutions can be found here. You can also search for any resolution passed during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention all the way back to the first meeting in 1845 here. The “official” complete text of Resolution 6 “On Regenerate Church Membership and Church Member Restoration” is available here.

Complete Text of Regenerate Church Membership Resolution

From the Baptist Press blog:

Following is the amended version of the resolution passed this morning, “On Regenerate Church Membership and Church Member Restoration.” Messengers passed two amendments to the original resolution. (See previous post in this blog.) Additions are in bold here:

WHEREAS, The ideal of a regenerate church membership has long been and remains a cherished Baptist principle, with Article VI of the Baptist Faith and Message describing the church as a “local congregation of baptized believers”; and

WHEREAS, A New Testament church is composed only of those who have been born again by the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the Word, becoming disciples of Jesus Christ, the local church’s only Lord, by grace through faith (John 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9), which church practices believers’ only baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:16-20), and the Lord’s supper (Matthew 26:26-30); and

WHEREAS, Local associations, state conventions, and the Southern Baptist Convention compile statistics reported by the churches to make decisions for the future; and

WHEREAS, the 2007 Southern Baptist Convention annual Church Profiles indicate that there are 16,266,920 members in Southern Baptist churches; and

WHEREAS, Those same profiles indicate that only 6,148,868 of those members attend a primary worship service of their church in a typical week; and

WHEREAS, The Scriptures admonish us to exercise church discipline as we seek to restore any professed brother or sister in Christ who has strayed from the truth and is in sin (Matthew 18:15-35; Galatians 6:1); and now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 10-11, 2008, urge churches to maintain a regenerate membership by acknowledging the necessity of spiritual regeneration and Christ’s lordship for all members; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we humbly urge our churches to maintain accurate membership rolls for the purpose of fostering ministry and accountability among all members of the congregation; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we urge the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention to repent of the failure among us to live up to our professed commitment to regenerate church membership and any failure to obey Jesus Christ in the practice of lovingly correcting wayward church members (Matthew 18:15-18); and be it further

RESOLVED, That we humbly encourage denominational servants to support and encourage churches that seek to recover and implement our Savior’s teachings on church discipline, even if such efforts result in the reduction in the number of members that are reported in those churches, and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we humbly urge the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention and their pastors to implement a plan to minister to, counsel, and restore wayward church members based upon the commands and principles given in Scripture (Matthew 18:15-35; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20).

Dr. Albert Mohler’s Report to the SBC about SBTS

The audio for Dr. Albert Mohler’s report to the Southern Baptist Convention this morning has already been posted online.  As usual, Dr. Mohler hits a homerun.  Dr. Mohler’s opening comments about the significance of the adoption of the resolution on regenerate church membership is must hear stuff (see here for details on the adoption of the resolution).

Note: The quality of the audio is not the best, but the first part is clear.  I think you will be able to understand it all if you turn up the volume on your speakers.

Johnny Hunt New SBC President

In an outcome that was shocking because it was decided on the first ballot, Johnny Hunt was elected as the next president of the SBC.

Vote Totals:
Frank Cox – 1,286
Avery Willis – 962
Bill Wagner – 255
Les Puryear – 188
Wiley Drake – 45
Johnny Hunt – 3,100 (52.9%)

I hadn’t decided who to vote for until the last minute. I voted for Johnny Hunt and I’m glad I did. I may post more on why later.

Announcing: “Between the Times”

My friend Nathan Finn has announced a new group blog of which he is a part titled:  “Between the Times”.  The blog is a collaborative effort of five faculty members of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  These worthy contributors include:  SEBTS President Danny Akin, David Nelson, Ken Keathley, Bruce Ashford, and of course, Nathan Finn.

Topics discussed on this new blog include theology, cultural engagement, mission, preaching, American Christianity, the Southern Baptist Convention, and they also hope to regularly post book reviews and book lists.

The first post is already up: Bruce Ashford has written the first installment of a two-part post about the need for a Great Commission Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention. In the next couple of days, Nathan will be posting a two-part summary and review of David Dockery’s new book Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal. More posts will follow soon after, including some post-Convention thoughts from Dr. Akin. The contributors hope that their blog will make a positive and constructive contribution to the Southern Baptist and broader evangelical blogosphere.  Knowing the caliber of the men involved in this project, I firmly believe that it will.  I’m subscribing to the RSS feed now, and strongly suggest that you all do the same.

“How to Deal with Disunity in the Church” Matthew 18:15-20

This is the outline of the study that I taught on Sunday night at Farmdale Baptist Church, Frankfort KY.

Distinguish between personal offenses (Matt. 18 ) and public offenses (1 Cor. 5).  This study deals with ho to deal with personal offenses.

I.  Go Alone, v. 15.

The Four G’s of Conflict Resolution
(from Ken Sande’s The Peacemaker)

A.  Glorify God, 1 Cor. 10:31.

B.  Get the log out of your own eye, Matthew 7:5.  The Seven A’s of Confession

C.  Gently Restore, Galatians 6:2.

D.  Go and Be Reconciled.  The Four Promises of Forgiveness

If this fails . . .

II.  Take One or Two Witnesses, v. 16.

If this fails . . .

III.  Tell it to the Church, v. 17.

The problem at this point is unwillingness to forgive or lack of repentance, both of which demonstrate that a person is not a genuine Christian.  Church membership is a testimony of a church to the reality of one’s profession of faith.  If there is no reason to believe an individual is a Christian, allowing their name to rename on the roll is deceiving both them and ourselves.

A discussion of the authority of the church in verses 18-20.  These verses are often taken out of context, but in context are a powerful word on the authority of the local church to deal with matters of discipline.