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

Health and Education

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.4

We hold the conviction that our ministry to people should be holistic, inclusive of the all important spiritual, and also of the physical and moral.

We acknowledge with joy the work of Baptist churches, associations, unions and mission bodies in ministries of health and education and would strongly encourage bold new ventures in poverty areas.

We encourage our peoples to coordinate their activities in the area of health with the work of the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund and other international agencies which are seeking to achieve “Health for All by the Year 2000.”

We appreciate the efforts of our peoples to expand literacy and educational programs and projects so that persons everywhere may be better informed citizens and have the opportunity to read the Word of God in their own language.

We are grateful for the development projects of Baptist World Aid, whereby the constituency of the BWA joins in practical ways to meet health and education needs in many countries. We are also grateful for the development work of the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations University.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 71.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.4 Health and Education; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.4).

2010 BWA World Congress Message

1994 International Year of the Family

BWA General Council Resolution 1994.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden from 18-24 July 1994:

RECOGNIZES with thanksgiving in the United Nations International Year of the Family progress documented by UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children (1994) report in such areas as literacy, health and nutrition;

PROCLAIMS the biblical definition of the family, a permanent, monogamous, heterosexual union, as the original divine plan for family life which must continue to serve as foundation and ideal for an ordered and effective society.

ACKNOWLEDGES that since family life is under threat in all cultures, Christians must ensure effective marriage preparation, teach family members to communicate with each other, provide relevant models of parenting and benefit from the wisdom of the older generation of Christians;

VIEWS WITH ALARM the consequences for the nurture of family life, of the deteriorating situation of women, many of whom suffer from such difficulties as poor health care, lack of clean and safe water, illiteracy, domestic violence and sexual slavery, as documented in the Baptist World Alliance Women’s Department report Women 1994;

LAMENTS the agony of millions of the world’s children caused by disease, malnutrition, poverty, child prostitution, sex tourism, slavery, abuse and war;

URGES the world Baptist family to mark this Year by taking action on behalf of the women of the world following the examples of ministries cited in Women 1994;

IMPLORES above all that we give children first call on our compassion and resources, committing ourselves to prayer, research, actions which seek universal ratification of the United Nations Convention

on the Rights of the Child with implementation of its provisions and saying “Yes” to God who gives first place to children.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), pp. 116-117.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.3 1994 International Year of the Family; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.3).

2010 BWA World Congress Message

Jubilee 2000

BWA General Council Resolution 1998.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting In Durban, July 5-11,1998

ANTICIPATES a special celebration of the anniversary of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the year 2000;

AFFIRMS that “there is no other name whereby we must be saved except that of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 4.12);

RECOGNIZES that many Christians are inspired by the approach of the new millennium to recall biblical references to the year of Jubilee (e.g. Leviticus 25, Isaiah 61, Luke 4) which describe a program of social renewal including the release of debts;

LAMENTS that a billion people living in the forty poorest countries of the world are burdened with staggering national debt;

ACKNOWLEDGES the worldwide campaign Jubilee 2000, which seeks to encourage the forgiveness of debts by banks and government agencies to ensure a debt-free start to the next millennium for these nations to enable better health, nutrition and education programs;

INVITES Baptist World Aid to draw the attention of the global Baptist community to this endeavour and calls upon all Baptist Unions and Conventions to support the Jubilee 2000 campaign provided nothing herein should work to promote governments which deny freedom to their people.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1998 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1998.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1998 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1998), pp. 111-112.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1998.4 Jubilee 2000; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1998.4).

2010 BWA World Congress Message

Jubilee 2000

BWA General Council Resolution 1998.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting In Durban, July 5-11,1998

ANTICIPATES a special celebration of the anniversary of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the year 2000;

AFFIRMS that “there is no other name whereby we must be saved except that of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 4.12);

RECOGNIZES that many Christians are inspired by the approach of the new millennium to recall biblical references to the year of Jubilee (e.g. Leviticus 25, Isaiah 61, Luke 4) which describe a program of social renewal including the release of debts;

LAMENTS that a billion people living in the forty poorest countries of the world are burdened with staggering national debt;

ACKNOWLEDGES the worldwide campaign Jubilee 2000, which seeks to encourage the forgiveness of debts by banks and government agencies to ensure a debt-free start to the next millennium for these nations to enable better health, nutrition and education programs;

INVITES Baptist World Aid to draw the attention of the global Baptist community to this endeavour and calls upon all Baptist Unions and Conventions to support the Jubilee 2000 campaign provided nothing herein should work to promote governments which deny freedom to their people.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1998 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1998.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1998 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1998), pp. 111-112.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1998.4 Jubilee 2000; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1998.4).