The Kentucky Baptist Convention annual meeting, coming up on Nov. 11, is a time of celebration when the people known as Kentucky Baptists will offer praise and thanksgiving for the ways God has chosen to use us this year—and we have plenty to celebrate!
This year we will celebrate record salvation decisions through Baptists Campus Ministries, Crossings camps, Disaster Relief, and affinity evangelism ministries and events. We will celebrate the best year on record in church planting. We will celebrate a record number of consultations conducted by KBC team members to strengthen local churches in every aspect of ministry, missions, and evangelism. We will celebrate the second-highest Eliza Broadus Offering for State Missions on record. We will celebrate a record number (106,687) of Kentucky Baptists who participated in mission projects in 2013. And that is just the beginning of all we have to celebrate!
The Apostle Peter called God’s people a “chosen” people. Peter wrote:
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul (1 Peter 1:9-11).
Peter then stated his counsel to the holy nation of God’s people during their temporary sojourn on earth: “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation” (v. 12).
My prayer for Kentucky Baptists as we, God’s chosen people, gather for our Annual Meeting, is that our time together will be not only a time of celebration; I also pray that we will renew our commitment to live and serve in such a way that we will display God’s glory so others might be drawn to Him as the Spirit uses our good deeds and verbal witness of the gospel. I pray what should happen will happen, that through us the light of Christ will shine brighter as the world becomes darker.
Many opportunities for Kentucky Baptists to shine brightly the light of Christ will be afforded leading up to the Annual Meeting. In partnership with Warren Association of Baptists, every KBC church is invited to participate in evangelism and outreach efforts during RISK Bowling Green. For more information, visit www.warrenassociation.org.
Mark your calendars for the KBC Annual Meeting celebration on Nov 11. I hope to see you there!