NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders urged SBC Executive Committee members not to lose sight of the goal of cooperation despite the challenges they face. Cooperation was front-and-center during the two-day meeting through displays of generous, sacrificial giving, a move to give SBC messengers greater clarity in their resolutions, reports of increased ethnic diversity in the SBC and calls for a renewed focus on caring for the vulnerable and maintaining good relationships.
Presidential addresses focus on unity
In his plenary address Monday (Sept. 19) SBC President Bart Barber likened the juxtaposition of New Testament books 2 John and 3 John to the tension felt by many Southern Baptists. The former book, he said is a warning to be on guard against false teachers, while the latter is an encouragement to cooperate and fellowship with other believers as much as possible.
“I found the Southern Baptist Convention in the Bible,” he said. “We live in this crack here of the pages between 2 John and 3 John. …
“So here’s my mission for me. I want to watch my own heart, my own actions, my own tongue,” Barber said. “I want to be on guard against the moments when I dance over so far into 2 John, that I’ve left 3 John all the way behind. And I want to guard my heart against those times when I’ve wrapped myself up in 3 John so much that I’ve completely wandered away from 2 John.”
SBC EC Interim President and CEO Willie McLaurin also touched on the importance of maintaining good relationships with other believers in his address to EC members.
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Source: Baptist Press