Resolution on Evangelism

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BWA General Council Resolution 2011.8

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia July 4-9, 2011 affirms that:

God created humanity to have an intimate relationship with him;

Humanity chose to sin and thereby separate and alienate themselves from God bringing upon themselves the penalty of death;

Despite humanity’s sin, God came down from heaven in the form of His Son Jesus Christ to show us how to live and paid the penalty for our sin, thereby offering each one who believes in Christ abundant and eternal life.

Therefore, the General Council:

CALLS on all Baptist conventions, unions, churches and individuals to share the saving gospel of Jesus Christ with those with whom God brings them into contact;

ENCOURAGES the Baptist World Alliance members to mentor and, by example, teach others to share the saving gospel of Christ with their family, friends, acquaintances and strangers so that many more are able to come to a living faith, an abundant life here on earth and the hope for an eternal relationship with God;

URGES Baptists around the world to pray for and support Christians who are denied the freedom to share the Gospel, and who therefore often suffer persecution for their evangelistic effort; and COMMENDS the “Bread of Life” initiative of this quinquennium that rests on three major pillars:

-The empowerment of the Holy Spirit,
-The awareness of the evangelistic mandate of local Baptist churches, and -The renewed emphasis on the holistic mission of local Baptist churches.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2011.8 Resolution on Evangelism

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2011 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2011.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2011 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2011), pp. 137- 138.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2011.8 Resolution on Evangelism; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2011.8).

For more information about Baptist World Alliance resolutions, visit BaptistWorld.org/resolutions.

Since its formation in 1905, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the global Baptist family to impact the world for Christ with a commitment to strengthen worship, fellowship and unity; lead in mission and evangelism; respond to people in need through aid, relief, and community development; defend religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and advance theological reflection and leadership development.

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