The 192nd session of the Alabama Baptist State Convention kicked off Nov. 11 at Lakeside Baptist Church, Birmingham.
With President John Killian presiding, Alabama Baptist messengers from across the state gathered to hear from several leaders in the state including presidents of the Baptist universities in the state: Samford University in Birmingham, the University of Mobile and Judson College in Marion.
Reports from the State Board of Missions, audit committee, insurance committee and resolutions committee, among others, were presented.
Resolutions 1–5 and 13 were all passed, with discussion on resolutions 2, 3 and 13.
Randy Norris, pastor of The Station Church, Hoover, presented the SERVE theme interpretation, referencing John 13.
“One of the main things of SERVE is to bring glory and honor to God. … We need to be planting new churches, we need to be evangelizing, we need to pray for revitalization of churches and volunteering on mission while engaging the culture with the gospel,” he said.
“I believe Jesus Christ knew a profession of love without a demonstration of love is empty,” Norris said, calling messengers to love Christ and neighbors, or “everyone” he said, so that God can be glorified.
A motion was made that Alabama Baptists affirm the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message by A.J. Smith, pastor of Bay Springs Baptist Church, Shelby.
The motion reads: “That the Alabama Baptist State Convention meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, Nov. 11–12, approves of the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 as an expression of our unity and doctrine in practice and recommend it for all trustees elected by the Alabama Baptist State Convention.”
Discussion followed including comments by John Killian, president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, who spoke for the motion. The motion passed by 85 to 90 percent.
Special music was provided by Keith Hibbs and the Alabama Singing Men and Women, as well as Lakeside Baptist’s worship team.
Robert Smith Jr., professor of Christian preaching at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, will headline the evening session and special music will be provided by Veritas, a contemporary classical vocal group from Mobile. The evening session will begin at 6:45 p.m.