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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! An Encouragement to Give through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Why am I a Southern Baptist? I was born this way. I’m also a Baptist by conviction. And I’m a Southern Baptist because I’m a sucker for the Bible and missions.

The Bible and missions.

The Bible and missions.

The Bible and missions.

When I think about the Southern Baptist Convention, everything always comes back to that.

My first membership was in an SBC church that led in the Conservative Resurgence and number of baptisms for the state. My second membership was in an SBC church that quadrupled in size through expository preaching even as countless others were sent out to the mission field and into pastoral ministry. My third membership was in an SBC church that has been highlighted for its commitment to biblical ecclesiology and involvement in missions. My fourth membership was in an SBC church known for verse by verse exposition of Scripture and having been founded through brush arbor revivals. And my fifth membership is in an SBC church where, having been called to the position of lead pastor and by God’s grace, I led the church to recommit to the authority and inerrancy of the Bible by affirming the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 as our confessional statement and, over the course of three years, saw our relatively small congregation not only increase our overall missions giving by way of the budget, but also our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering from roughly $600.00 to over $10,000.00.

The Bible and missions excite me, so the SBC does as well. Meanwhile, those outside of SBC circles, whether Reformed, or egalitarian, or the so-called discernment crowd, have given me and certainly others no shortage of grief over an affiliation with the SBC. But I tell them, just like I tell inquisitive church members, that while I’m a Christian at heart, I bleed SBC. Why? Because of the SBC emphasis on the Bible and missions. We have much to be thankful for. To my knowledge, our seminaries are far more conservative in theology than they may have ever been before. Our missionaries are more committed to Scriptural methodologies than they are to pragmatism. And our pastors are probably better trained and more effective expositors of God’s word than what we’ve ever known in our 175 year history.

Sure, the SBC has lots of ‘concerns’ and ‘problems’ but fewer, I would think, than what the media would have people believe. I certainly haven’t found anything better. God has been exceedingly good to me through the years in providing a front row seat to the great things Southern Baptists can accomplish when we cooperate together based on the Bible and the Baptist Faith & Message for the sake of missions. I would sooner die than ever give that up. I hope you will strongly consider giving to the work of missions through the LMCO this year. Give more than you’ve given in years past. In this author’s opinion, it’s the most important offering in all the world. Yes, I actually believe that. All of what you give goes directly to our international missionaries. No bureaucracies. No middle man. Just missions. And if you recall, that’s what I think of when I think of the Southern Baptist Convention. The Bible and missions.

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