SBC Annual Meeting 2021 – Pre-Convention Talking Points

My outline for Wednesday, June 9th. Tonight we are discussing some of the major points of interest in regards to this years Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching and discussion.

Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting

 Music City Center in downtown Nashville – June 15-16, 2021

Annual Meeting Website.  Live stream – https://sbcannualmeeting.net/

2021 Annual Meeting Book of Reports


TALKING POINTS

The Election for SBC President

Randy Adams – Executive Director of the Northwest Baptist Convention

Ed Litton – Pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama

Albert Mohler – President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Mike Stone – Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, Georgia. (Part of the newly formed Conservative Baptist Network)

Why is this important

  • President appoints the Committee on Committees
  • C on C nominates the Nominations Committee (voted on by messengers)
  • Nominating Committee Nominates Trustees (voted on my messengers)
    • Trustees lead and oversee the Entities

The SBC Entitieshttps://www.sbc.net/about/what-we-do/sbc-entities/

The Southern Baptist Convention conducts its work throughout the year through eleven ministry entities, the SBC Executive Committee (which serves as “the fiduciary, the fiscal, and executive entity of the Convention”), and an auxiliary called Woman’s Missionary Union.

  • SBC Executive Committee
  • The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
  • GuideStone Financial Resources
  • The International Mission Board
  • Lifeway Christian Resources
  • The North American Mission Board
  • Theological Seminaries
    • Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention
    • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Woman’s Missionary Union

Critical Race Theory (CRT)

A General Definition – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_race_theory

Resolution 9 from the 2019 Conventionhttps://www.sbc.net/resource-library/resolutions/on-critical-race-theory-and-intersectionality/

Seminary Presidents Statement on CRThttps://www.baptistpress.com/resource-library/news/seminary-presidents-reaffirm-bfm-declare-crt-incompatible/

Founders Ministry – Tom Ascol Article. He provides other links and information about CRT at the conclusion of this particular article – https://founders.org/2020/02/03/critical-race-theory-intersectionality-and-the-gospel/

The Incompatibility of Critical Theory and Christianity – NEIL SHENVI & PAT SAWYER. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/incompatibility-critical-theory-christianity/

“Christianity provides us with an overarching metanarrative that runs from creation to redemption: We are creatures made in God’s image, who have sinned against him, who need to be rescued through the atoning work of Jesus, and who are called to love both God and neighbor.

In contrast, critical theory is associated with a metanarrative that runs from oppression to liberation: We are members either of a dominant group or of a marginalized group with respect to a given identity marker. As such, we either need to divest ourselves of power and seek to liberate others, or we need to acquire power and liberate ourselves by dismantling all structures and institutions that subjugate and oppress. In critical theory, the greatest sin is oppression, and the greatest virtue is the pursuit of liberation.”

Women Serving as Pastors

Beth Moore – Her role in preaching and teaching.  Her leaving the SBC.

Saddleback Church – Ordained female pastors

Dr. Albert Mohler Article – https://albertmohler.com/2021/05/10/women-pastors-women-preachers-and-the-looming-test-of-the-southern-baptist-convention

Two helpful articles on this topic from my website – https://pastorjonbeck.com/topical-studies/ (scroll down to Women and Ministry)

2 Timothy 2:14–26 – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, June 6th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through YouTube on our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net


2 Timothy 2:14–26

INTRO THOUGHTS:

  • Paul is laying out Timothy’s responsibilities as a pastor/elder so that he can ENDURE IN MINISTRY AND FINISH FAITHFUL.
  • Standing on truth in a world that does not want to hear it
  • How to live amongst false teachers
  • LIVING AS ONE APPROVED  (accepted because our life is genuine)

Live Unashamed of the Gospel – vv. 14-19

[14] Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. [15] Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. [16] But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, [17] and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, [18] who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. [19] But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

Remind and Charge – v. 14a

  • Them.  The church, but it could also be the church leadership. LEADERSHIP IS KEY. EVERYTHING RISES AND FALLS BASED UPON THE FOUNDATION LAID BY THE LEADERSHIP.
  • Remind and Charge. The importance of the task
    • 2 Timothy 2:8–10 – [8] Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, [9] for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! [10] Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (ESV)
    • THE GOSPEL, THE GOSPEL, THE GOSPEL.  Get the Gospel right and Keep the Gospel right.

Speak truth clearly – v. 14b

  • Quarrel about Words
    • This does not mean that we should not defend and stand for the truth.
    • This literally means not misusing the Word.  Not teaching and sharing the Word in an unworthy manner.

Present yourself approved before God

  • An unashamed worker
  • At times it seems people are ashamed to stand for God.  We fear man more than God.
  • 1 John 2:28 – Live in such a way that we will not be unashamed at His coming

Rightly handle the Word of truth – v. 15

  • Cutting a straight line (We would never think a crooked cut board is acceptable. We make this way to difficult)

Avoid foolish babble – vv. 16-18

  • Leads to more ungodliness
  • Swerved from the truth
  • A little wrong is still wrong.
    • Once it is allowed it carries on!  The slippery slope… a little now will be much more later.

Make a stand – v. 19

  • God’s firm foundation
  • He knows those that are His
  • Depart form iniquity

Live Different from the World – vv. 20-23

[20] Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. [21] Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

[22] So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. [23] Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

Living as Honorable Vessels – vv. 21-22

  • Gold and Silver
    • Honorable
    • Set apart as holy
    • Useful
    • Ready for every good work
  • Wood and Clay
    • Dishonorable

Fleeing youthful passions – v. 22a & 23

  • Foolish, ignorant, controversies

Pursing that which is right – v. 22b

  • Righteousness, faith, love, and peace.

Live as a Servant of Christ– vv. 24-26

[24] And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, [25] correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, [26] and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. (ESV)

A Servant’s character – vv. 24-25a

  • Not quarrelsome
  • Kind
  • Able to teach
  • Patiently enduring evil
  • Correcting with gentleness
    • Helping them understand.
    • Remembering your own growth journey

A Servant’s Ministry – v. 25b-26

As we follow Christ, Love Christ, and Live for Christ, Share Christ… then we know that the Gospel through our life will accomplish its purpose!

WE CAN BEGIN TO SEE HEART CHANGE RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.

  • God changes people… not me
  • God’s Word not mine… brings about the change
  • Once their heart truly changes… then their life will follow
  • God may grant them repentance
  • Leading to
    • Knowledge of the truth
    • Come to their senses
    • Escape the snare of the devil
      • Captured to do his will

GOD CHANGES PEOPLE NOT US… WE ARE HIS VESSELS.  WE ARE HIS AMBASSADORS!

  • Our friends will change
  • Our family will change
  • Our community will change

Psalm 6 – “Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing”

My teaching notes for Wednesday, June 2nd. I am currently teaching through the book of Psalms.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching.

Resources utilized for preparation and study:

  • Psalms Vol. 1.The NIV Application Commentary, Gerald H. Wilson.
  • Psalms. Vol. 5. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Tremper Longman III and David Garland.

Psalm 6

INTRO THOUGHTS:

  • A Penitential Psalm. Could David be in despair over sin?
  • A picture of sorrow, repentance, & then joy
  • A person in deep despair finding their hope in the Lord.
  • The Lord hears the broken hearted.

Crying out to God – vv. 1-5

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

[1] O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.  [2] Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled. [3] My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD—how long?

[4] Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love. [5] For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?

Rebuke me not…nor discipline me. – v. 1

  • The burden was so heavy, David felt as if the Lord was disciplining him.

Be gracious…heal me – v. 2

  • David knows it was only God’s grace and mercy that could deliver him from such a situation.

I am languishing…bones are troubled…soul greatly troubled – vv. 2-3

  • The magnitude of the situation
  • Notice the depth of his sorrow.  Bones and Soul.

How long – v. 3

  • It was as if David could not complete the sentence “How long until you deliver me?”

Turn and deliver – v. 4

  • As David is “turning” repenting… He is calling out to God to turn as well.  (From a human perspective…it is as if he is calling on God to change the course of the situation)

For the sake of your steadfast love – v. 4

  • The essence of redemption… GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE
  • In suffering, in peace, in sorrow, in joy… GOD IS LOVE!!!!!!!!

In Sheol who will give you praise – v. 5

  • In the OT the emphasis was on the living.
  • In the NT we see the joys of heaven. Rev. 4:11
  • In this context the thought was… let me live free from the suffering so that my life may truly praise you.

A Description of His Sorrow – vv. 6-7

[6] I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. [7] My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.

Weary and weeping and wasting away – vv. 6-7

  • The sorrows of alone at night.  The mind consumed with the suffering and situation.
  • Many tears…flood
  • The grief is heavy, real, and not relenting

A Renewed Declaration – vv. 8-10

[8] Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping. [9] The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer. [10] All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment. (ESV)

Depart from me – v. 8

  • Acknowledging the wrong of it and turning from it.
  • Realizing the sin of allowing it to control you (the suffering causing you to sin)

The Lord has heard. The Lord accepts my prayer – vv. 8-9

  • The lord HEARD DAVID’S HEART.  Praying in such a way that one is open and honest to God about their feelings over the circumstances.

All the enemies will be ashamed and troubled – v. 10

  • God always blessing those that are His and judges those that opposed to Him.
  • It may appear like the world is winning at times…. BUT THERE IS A PAYDAY SOMEDAY!

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 “Do This in Remembrance of Me”


My sermon notes for Sunday morning, May 30th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through YouTube on our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net


1 Cor. 11:17-34 [17] But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. [18] For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, [19] for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. [20] When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. [21] For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. [22] What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

[23] For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, [24] and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” [25] In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” [26] For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

[27] Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. [28] Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. [29] For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. [30] That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. [31] But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. [32] But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

[33] So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another—[34] if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come. (ESV)

DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME

As we gather today for Baptism and the Lord’s Supper we have a great opportunity to reflect upon the goodness of the Gospel. To reflect and remember who we are in Jesus Christ.

  • Who He is
  • Why He came
  • What it means to us

To remember why we gather and worship in this manner today… observing the Lord’s Supper.

WHAT WE NEED TO REMEMBER AS A CHURCH

Jesus is Head of the Church – v. 18-22

The Church is the Lord’s. Jesus is the Head. (Not us)

Colossians 1:15–20

[15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (ESV)

Unity and Fellowship (they were missing this)

  • same purpose
  • same mission
  • SAME SAVIOR
  • SAME CALLING

We are unified around HIM… not unified around us.

  • OK to have structure and plans within a church… but be careful
  • But notice what gets most people upset about (personal stuff)

We are part of a Gospel Family! (The importance of belonging to His Church)

The Meaning of the Gospel – vv. 23-25

Christ’s Sinless Life and Atoning Death

  • So that our sins may be forgiven

This is my body, which is for you

  • Perfect sacrifice

This cup is the new covenant in my blood

  • An atonement for our sin. Our Sins forgiven.
  • New covenant.  Based on grace

Think about it….THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL!

Our Mission as Believers – v. 26

We are proclaiming the Cross until He returns

  • each one of us

you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes

  • Incarnation
  • Death
  • Resurrection
  • Return

Live like HE IS LORD!

Continuously Check our Heart – vv. 27-34

Examine – discern & prove

  • Prove who you are…examine your heart and see who you are

Take part in an unworthy manner

To acknowledge His Lordship without Embracing His Lordship