LEXINGTON –Declaring Kentucky Baptists “the light of this commonwealth,” KBC President Adam Greenway challenged messengers and guests to the 175th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention to cast a vision for the next 25 years.
This year’s meeting was held Nov. 13 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington.
“Think about the next few years,” said Greenway, senior associate dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. “It won’t be that long, if Jesus tarries, that we’ll be gathering to celebrate the (KBC’s) bicentennial. What will this convention look like?”
Preaching from Acts 28, Greenway said the Apostle Paul’s unwavering commitment to spread the gospel, even as he was under guard in Rome, is an inspiring example of the faithfulness required to sustain KBC’s ministry.
Even at the end of the apostle’s life on earth, “Paul’s still going like the Energizer Bunny,” Greenway said.
The work of the believer is especially important, and difficult, living in a culture often at odds with Christian teachings, he said.
Paraphrasing author Henry Blackaby, Greenway said, “If the darkness is advancing, it’s because someone is not shining forth light.”
Greenway discussed three truths to which Kentucky Baptists must hold strong: the priority of spreading the gospel to the world, declaring the sufficiency of the Bible as God’s Word, and a devotion to Christian obedience.
“Paul had a commitment to gospel centrality,” Greenway said, adding that there was “no price Paul was unwilling to pay” to fulfill Christ’s command to teach, baptize and disciple.
From the earliest documents of the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky, predecessor to the KBC, to recent resolutions and decisions, “Kentucky Baptists have been saying again and again: ‘The Bible, and the Bible alone, is the Word of God,’” Greenway noted.
Pastors, ministers and Kentucky Baptists in the pews must rededicate themselves to live obedient Christian lives, he concluded, avoiding anything that “could be used in the hands of the enemy to discredit the gospel or the things of God.
“If we are blood-bought, Spirit-filled children of God, may we live as changed people, not perfect people, but people whose only hope is daily dependence on grace,” Greenway said.
by Dannah Prather, KBC Communications