Vol 4 No. 45 Two Things

There are two things to this newsletter that are important for us to note. The first is Remembrance Day. The second, in a sense, is the product of the first, for out of the freedom that has been wrought in conflict comes those things we stand for as Christians, who are free to express themselves. Let me explain. As you read this we will be preparing for Remembrance Day next Tuesday. We pray for our Baptist Chaplains in Canada that seek to meet the spiritual needs of those who are in uniform. We quite understandably have mixed views about the necessity to prepare for war. No one, most especially those in the military, have any doubts about their abhorrence of war and their longing for peace. We must, however, constantly reflect on how we are to respond to potential conflicts in the world, how we must pray for peace, and how we must give thanks for those who in their suffering and sacrifice, made the relative peace we enjoy now possible. We as a country are at war in Afghanistan; please pray for all aspects of that conflict and those who are affected by it.

The next topic that I wish to draw your attention to I will frame and explain in greater length next week.

The basic gist of the resolutions passed by the Baptist World Alliance are that these intentions, commitments and longings expressed in these motions are to make us more aware of concerns around the world, encourage us to reflect on how God is calling us to these particular concerns and finally provoke us to act into these issues as they present themselves to us. I truly believe that the motion on evangelism intends to reanimate evangelism, not to mute it, to enable it and ennoble it, not to eviscerate it. I think it is with great excitement that we celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the first Baptist church and I honour our European friends for their courage at that very difficult time in history. Next week, we will see comments on the environment and refugees.

Thank you for your attentiveness to these matters.

 

Warmly,

In Christ

Jeremy

 

BWA Resolutions 2008 

October 2008 Approved by the General Council on July 25th, 2008.

Resolution #1 – Appreciation

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, July 20-25, 2008;

Offers sincere thanks to the Baptist Union of Czech Republic for the invitation to hold this Annual Gathering in Prague;

Expresses thanks to Jan Titera, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of the Czech Republic; Keith Jones, Rector of the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Tony Peck, General Secretary of European Baptist Federation, for their leadership and diligent efforts in making arrangements for this meeting;

Appreciates all the Baptists of the Czech Republic and members of the International Baptist Theological Seminary community for their gracious hospitality to Baptist representatives from around the world;

Notes that this Annual Gathering is the first such meeting directed by Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam and congratulates him and the BWA staff for their contributions in making this a successful meeting;

Thanks all who led in worship and the many other Baptists who provided leadership in various ways during the week;

Prays God’s continued blessings on the Baptist World Alliance as we strive to serve our Lord by serving His people around the world known as Baptists.

Resolution #2 – Baptist Youth Conference

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, July 20-25, 2008;

Commends the Youth Department and other entities of the Baptist World Alliance for their roles in envisioning, organizing, and promoting the “Dive Deeper” Baptist Youth World conference in Leipzig, Germany, July 30-August 3;

Commits to pray for the more than 7,000 young people expected to gather in Leipzig, and for those who have leadership responsibilities during the meeting;

Celebrates the commitment of Baptist young people and the vibrancy they bring to the life and witness of Baptists in the world:

Affirms the promise of Baptist youth as leaders both now and in the future, and calls upon established members of the BWA to nurture and make room for those who will come after them.

Resolution #3 – 400th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Baptist Congregation

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, July 20-25, 2008;

Resolves to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the first Baptist congregation, formed in Amsterdam in 1609, by meeting for its next Annual Gathering in the Netherlands in 2009;

Encourages Baptists in Europe to participate in the “Amsterdam 400” celebration organized by the European Baptist Federation;

Expresses gratitude for the goodness and guidance of God through which Baptists have grown to be a world-wide communion of faith;

Recognizes both the prophetic dissent of Baptists from established forms of the Church, and the place of Baptists within the one, holy, apostolic and universal Church of Jesus Christ;

Calls for a new exploration of a Baptist understanding of discipleship and the nature of the church in our age.

Resolution # – Evangelism and Contextualization of the Gospel

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, July 20-25, 2008;

Gives thanks to God for the rich spiritual legacy of Reformers like Jan Hus and Petr Chelcicky whose witness still inspires Czech Baptist life which began one hundred and fifty years ago;

Calls on Baptists throughout the world to be intentional in contextualizing the Gospel in today’s world, recognizing linguistic and cultural issues, and remaining faithful to the Great Commission to share God’s love in Jesus Christ.

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