DAPHNE, Alabama (TAB) — The 193rd Alabama Baptist State Convention annual meeting kicked off Nov. 17 at Eastern Shore Baptist Church, Daphne.
Travis Coleman, this year’s state convention president and pastor of First Baptist Church, Prattville, welcomed participants and called the meeting to order.
With the theme PRAY (Pardon us for our sin; Renew a right spirit within us; Accept our adoration and praise: Yoke us together in sacrifice and service) Scott Guffin, pastor of Liberty Park Baptist Church, Birmingham, shared a message from Psalm 51:1-9 for the first theme interpretation.
“Just like David we need to confront our own sinfulness,” Guffin said.
“It’s only in the light of God’s holiness that (we) understand the depth of (our) own sinfulness.”
Also at the meeting:
- The Myers-Mallory State Missions Offering was approved, which logically combines two missions offerings into one.
- Top Cooperative Program giving churches were honored — Benton Baptist Church in Selma Baptist Association; Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Birmingham; and Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Columbia Baptist Association.
- Mark Foley, president of the University of Mobile, was honored and recognized for his years of leadership and upcoming retirement in 2016.
- All resolutions were adopted, with one amendment made to Resolution 3 on Planned Parenthood.
The second theme interpretation was presented by Stuart Davidson, pastor of Eastern Shore Baptist, from Psalm 51:10.
“Repent. Just repent,” Davidson said.
He shared the story of how God called him to adopt and be a father to the fatherless.
“How many of us are making all the right calls but still disobeying? The ripple effect of obedience is immeasurable and God can use it to set captives free.”
The 5-man group Veritas sang during the evening session and Ronnie Floyd, Southern Baptist Convention president and pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, was the featured speaker.
Floyd said the No. 1 need in Alabama churches, and in any church, is the power of God.
“We’ve gone long enough where this world has seen what we can do,” Floyd said. “It’s time the world sees what our God can do.”
But the only way to do that is to stay focused on a few challenges: Have an unprecedented move of God like we have never seen before and have an urgency like we have never had before.
“There is no great movement of God that has ever occurred that has not first been preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people.”
The meeting will continue tomorrow morning and conclude before noon.
Look for a full coverage of the annual meeting in the Nov. 26 issue.