Director of Missions
Our Common Gospel Confession & Common Gospel Mission
There are more things that will divide us as Southern Baptist than there are things that unite us. This will always be the case. I think the same thing holds true for local church unity as well. The distractions are varied and numerous and will always be present with us. Yet, what stands above all that is the glorious fact that our common Gospel confession is the bedrock of our unity as Southern Baptist. The local church, which is at the apex in Southern Baptist polity, must lead the way in this expression of our common Gospel confession and mission. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that the Gospel is “common,” but I am saying the thing that gives us our strength in our unity is our common Gospel confession and its expression in missions. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. And no one comes to the Father except through Him. There is salvation in no other name. Christ alone is the Redeemer of mankind. He is the only begotten of the Father, triune in nature, infinite in wisdom, almighty in His power, and eternal in His being. He has all knowledge, all power, and is present everywhere at once. He is holy in all His attributes and perfections. He is the maker and sustainer of all things, and He alone is god.
That common Gospel confession was most evident at the annual Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas, Texas last week. Thousands of churches gathered to make their collective voices heard. There were many things that could have divided, distracted, or even destroyed us. Yet, the collective wisdom of Godly men and women gathered together under a common Gospel confession and mission, and they rose to the occasion and made this Convention one to remember. The worship times were soul stirring and God honoring. The preaching was Holy Ghost filled and passion driven. The reports of the various ministries that our Cooperative giving supports were amazing, and encouraging. The times of business were conducted decently and in order. From the election of our new SBC President (JD Greer) to the commissioning of 79 new missionaries, there was an air of excitement and anticipation about what God was doing in our midst.
Yet, the challenge still lies before us to carry our common Gospel confession to the 6500 unreached people groups in the world. The challenge to baptize more believers than ever before still beckons us to give our greatest effort for the cause of Christ. The challenge of maintaining healthy and vibrant churches still grips our hearts. The challenge to engage the next generation in cooperative giving and cooperative mission is paramount to the future of the SBC and its purpose...to provide a general organization for Baptists in the United States and its territories for the promotion of Christian missions at home and abroad and any other objects such as Christian education, benevolent enterprises, and social services which it may deem proper and advisably for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God (SBC Constitution, Article II).
Serving the King Together