Support of Bible Societies

Support of Bible Societies

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.2

(Presented by Booth)

Whereas we give thanks to Almighty God for cooperation with other Chris-tian bodies in the areas of translation and Bible distribution and regard this as the evident workings of the Holy Spirit in our age; and,

Whereas Baptists have been noted for their leadership in both the translation and distribution of the Bible since the days of William Carey and Adoniram Judson and more recently in this century through the monumental work of Robert G. Bratcher, noted translator of Good News for Modern Man; and,

Whereas one of the faithful members of the BWA Executive Committee and a pastor of one of our Baptist Churches in Nigeria, Emanual Dahunsi, has been invited to assist in the translation of the Bible into
Y oruba,

Be it resolved that members of the BWA Executive Committee will support Bible Societies and their services in the following ways:

1. Increased use of the Bible in study and worship in our local churches.

2. Increased support in North America for the “Five Year Africa Advance,” and its goal to translate the Bible into 35 additional languages.

3. Increased support of the “Bible-a-Month Club” in North America to give a Bible each month to some needy person somewhere in the world.

4. Increased distribution of Today’s English Version of the New Testament in Secondary Schools and Colleges whenever and wherever the opportunity is available to us.

5. Increased support of the Annual “Daily Bible Readings” as a possible means of strengthening the unity of our fellowship as Baptists.

Williams MOVED the adoption of the Resolution. Seconded, and carried.

Keywords

BWA; Adoniram Judson; Bible Societies; William Carey.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Baden Bei Wien, Austria August 2-6, 1969. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1969.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Baden Bei Wien, Austria August 2-6, 1969 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1969), p. 56.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.2 Support of Bible Societies; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.2).

Support of Bible Societies

BMS Bicentenary

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 1992:

GIVES THANKS TO GOD for the formation of the Baptist Missionary Society on October 2, 1792, at Kettering, England:

NOTES that —

(1) The founding of the society to promote overseas missions marked the point at which the missionary awakening stimulated by the evangelical revival of the eighteenth century first attained effective institutional expression alerting not only Baptist but the whole of evangelical Christendom to a world-wide vision;

(2) Over the two centuries since 1792, the Christian faith has spread to every continent and taken root to such an extent that the younger churches of the non-western world are now equal and sometimes more lively partners in the on-going mission of the church;

BELIEVES that all Baptists can look back with gratitude to God for the crucial part which William Carey, Andrew Fuller and other colleagues played in the inception of this remarkable movement of the Spirit of God; and,

CALLS upon Baptists, in the spirit of William Carey who so clearly saw the need to work with others, to continue to be faithful to their missionary calling.

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992), p. 171.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.1 BMS Bicentenary; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.1).

Support of Bible Societies

Anniversary of William Carey’s Arrival in India

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

GIVES THANKS TO GOD for the missionary vision of William Carey and rejoices in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of his arrival in India;

RECOGNIZES his contribution to the development of Christian missions through achievements in Scripture translation, establishing churches, education and his fight against all that violated the rule of Christ.

GREETS Baptists in the subcontinent of India on this anniversary, commends their faithfulness in mission across two centuries and assures them of its prayers in support of their future witness.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 108.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.2 Anniversary of William Carey’s Arrival in India; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.2).

Support of Bible Societies

Global Baptist Mission

BWA General Council Resolution 2012.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Santiago, Chile July 2-7, 2012:

REMEMBERS the 1812 journey of Adoniram and Ann Hasseltine Judson and Luther Rice to Asia to serve as missionaries;

ACKNOWLEDGES the leadership of the Holy Spirit under whose guidance these three Christians to become adherents of the Baptist tradition; and

REJOICES that God inspired these three in the formation of the General Missionary Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States of America for Foreign Missions in 1814 that helped to transform Baptists in North America to a missionary people;

GIVES THANKS to God for the Judsons and their impact upon the world missionary movement;

GIVES THANKS to God for the churches in Myanmar that have flourished and persevered in bearing witness to Christ since the planting of the gospel in their midst by the Judsons;

CELEBRATES the participation of Baptists around the world in the joyful proclamation that “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself’ (2 Cor. 5:19, NRSV) and in the manifestation of the kingdom of God through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth;

CELEBRATES the many thousands of Baptist Christians who have responded to the call to mission following in the footsteps of early missionaries such as George Liele, William Carey, Johann Gerhard Oncken and the Judsons;

REJOICES in the millions of brothers and sisters around the world who have come to know Jesus as their savior through the work of missionaries and whose lives have been touched by ministry initiatives in education, health, and agricultural development; and

PLEDGES support through the giving of ourselves, our prayers and our gifts to the cause of Christian mission around the world.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2012.3 Global Baptist Mission

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2012 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2012.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2012 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2012), pp. 149- 150.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2012.3 Global Baptist Mission; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2012.3).