2010 BWA World Congress Message

2010 BWA World Congress Message

The Baptist World Alliance is a global movement of Baptists sharing a common confession of faith in Jesus Christ bonded together by God’s love to support, encourage and strengthen one another while proclaiming and living the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit before a lost and hurting world.

At the 20th Baptist World Congress, meeting July 28-August 1, 2010, in Honolulu, Hawai’i:

We came

  • to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church
  • to experience the fellowship of the global Baptist family
  • to feel the security of being embraced by brothers and sisters from around the globe We heard
  • the “Aloha” of the Hawaiian people and experienced their spirit of hospitality
  • the vital importance of living and leading in the anointing of the Holy Spirit
  • that we must reclaim the urgency of proclaiming a liberating gospel that brings about transformation
  • the testimonies of brothers and sisters who have experienced persecution, oppression, marginalization, natural disasters and human-induced disaster

• the challenge to share the power of the gospel of Christ to rescue those living without the hope of Christ

We saw

  • the beauty of God’s good creation
  • diversity in cultural expression, dress and worship styles
  • the unity of the global family and the joy of friendship in Christ Now, in step with the Spirit who gives and redeems life in Jesus Christ, we confess anew that all persons are created in the image of God and are therefore worthy of receiving his redemptive grace.

In step with the Spirit, we renew our commitment to:

  • communicate, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the truth of God in Jesus Christ as the hope of the world. Because the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, we have been anointed to:
    • develop greater familiarity with the teachings of Christ
    • cultivate a rich prayer life
    • bear witness to the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ
    • provide examples of godly living reflecting the values taught by the Lord of the church
    • support the values reflected in the UN Millennium Development Goals. Because the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, we have been anointed us to:
  • remove the scourge of poverty and hunger
  • support efforts to provide universal education
  • work for environmental sustainability
  • promote gender equality
  • improve child health and maternal health
  • combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • develop global partnerships Enabled by the Spirit, let us commit ourselves to create an environment in which God’s mercy and truth become evident. Let us shine the light of God’s love in every place of human need.

Keywords

BWA; Creation Care; Discipleship; Diversity; Education; Environment; Evangelism; Gender Equality; Hawai’i; Health; Hunger; Justice; Liberation; Liberty; Mission; Persecution; Poverty; Racism; Unity.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Hear the Spirit: Official Report of the Twentieth Baptist World Congress, Honolulu, Hawai’i, July 28-August 1, 2010. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2010.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Hear the Spirit: Official Report of the Twentieth Baptist World Congress, Honolulu, Hawai’i, July 28-August 1, 2010 (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2010), pp. 23-24.

Online Document Full Citation: 2010 BWA World Congress Message; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (2010 BWA World Congress Message).

2010 BWA World Congress Message

400th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Baptist Congregation

BWA General Council Resolution 2008.3

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.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008), pp. 131- 132.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2008.3 400th Anniversary of the Formation of the First Baptist Congregation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2008.3).

2010 BWA World Congress Message

Youth Ministry

BWA General Council Resolution 1986.1

The BWA General Council welcomes the report of the Youth Executive Committee on the value of the Asian Youth Leadership Training Conference in Singapore last week.

With them we thank God for the enthusiasm and commitment of the youth leaders who shared in this cross- cultural experience. We also acknowledge the support of those Unions and Conventions which made it possible for so many to attend.

We urge all our member bodies:

(a) to review and renew their programs of youth ministry;

(b) to stress the importance of training leaders to meet the needs of young people today;

(c) to accept the task of winning and discipling the new generation of young people for Christ.

In this way we reaffirm the resolution approved by the General Council in Berlin in 1984.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1986 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1986.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1986 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1986), p. 50.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1986.1 Youth Ministry; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1986.1).

2010 BWA World Congress Message

Human Rights-A Call to Action Against Torture

BWA General Council Resolution 1984.7

  1. We reaffirm the fundamental Christian convictions expressed in Resolution 1983.4 of the Baptist World Alliance, adopted in July 1983 in the Republic of Argentina, namely that “human rights are God-given and that violations of human rights are violations of the laws of God.”
  2. We observe with deep concern the proliferation of the violations of human rights in this decade and particularly the practice of torture in today’s world. According to a recent authoritative report, torture is used or tolerated by more than a third of the world’s governments.
  3. At the same time as we are grateful for the renewed spirit of evangelism among Baptists, we are convinced that Baptist action for human rights, a corollary of evangelism, is still largely insufficient. We affirm our conviction that, as Christians, we are called in all things and circumstances to witness to Jesus Christ as the light and hope of the world. Since we recognize that torture is incompatible with the nature of the human person as created in the image of God, we declare that the use or tolerance of the practice of torture is totally inconsistent with the call of Jesus to responsible discipleship (Matt. 5:44; 7:12; 22:37-40).
  4. We moreover declare that it is a fitting and proper expression of the sovereignty of God through Jesus Christ over our lives to speak forthrightly and to take action against torture.
  5. We, therefore, call on Baptists of this Alliance, who number more than 34 million, to: 5.1 make a personal decision to oppose torture in its various manifestations;

5.2 condemn torture as incompatible with the teaching of Christ Jesus who commanded that enemies be loved as well as neighbors (Matt. 5:44 & 22:39) and that persons would be treated as we would desire to be treated (Matt. 7: 12);

5.3 urge not only denominational bodies and local churches in our respective nations, but also national and international ecumenical organizations to make public their opposition to torture;

5.4 seek and disseminate information on continuing violations of human rights through the practice of torture with a view toward remedying those situations;

5.5 encourage the incorporation in national and international laws of effective prohibitions against torture;

5.6 support organizations that work for the abolition of torture;

5.7 visit the detained and imprisoned (Matt. 25:36), especially those who may be subject to torture and provide assistance to their families;

5.8 struggle for the establishment between nations or political groups of those conditions of understanding and confidence in which the use of torture and all forms of violence will diminish or cease; and

5.9 pray earnestly that the witness of Christians throughout the world may have a transforming effect on both those who are engaged in the practice of torture and those who comply — passively or actively — with such practice.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984), pp. 88-89.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1984.7 Human Rights: A Call to Action Against Torture; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1984.7).

2010 BWA World Congress Message

Christ the Living Water

BWA General Council Resolution 2004.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Seoul, South Korea, July 28-31, 2004:

REAFFIRMS its strong conviction that salvation is offered to the world through Jesus Christ alone by means of his life, death and resurrection and continuing mission;

EMPHASISES the crucial importance of personal conversion through the work of the Holy Spirit issuing in repentance, faith in Christ as saviour, baptism, incorporation into the church and the life of discipleship;

WELCOMES the BWA strategy for evangelism and leadership for the years 2005–2010 under the heading of “Christ the Living Water” and anticipates with joy the blessing that will come from the Living Water Conferences which will be held all over the world during the next quinquennium;

CALLS UPON all Baptists to support and participate in this strategy in ways appropriate to their contexts and opportunities; and

PRAYS for the increase of the church of God throughout the world and the addition to the church daily of those who are being saved (Acts 2:47).

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004), p. 86.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2004.2 Christ the Living Water; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.