6/18/23 A Note From Pastor Ben

Friends and Family,

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a cooperation of like-minded autonomous churches for the sake of evangelism and missions.  First Baptist is a part of the SBC.  Every year we gather together with representatives (Messengers) from these churches to conduct business and hear reports from its entities.  This past week we met in New Orleans. 

Of all the things that we do at the convention, the most important and the most encouraging is the commissioning of missionaries.  For years I’ve considered the missionary commissioning my favorite part of the convention.  However, this year was even more extraordinary since two of our own, Nick and Stacy Carmichael, were commissioned.  Because of security issues they stood behind a screen and only their silhouettes were visible. They shared about their calling and their desire to go to the unreached and unengaged people groups.  It was such a wonderful moment as I stood next to multiple thousands of like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ and honored those to whom honor was due—our friends, the Carmichaels.

Always remember, when we send the Carmichaels to South Asia, we are to “send them…in a manner worthy of God” (3 John 6).  In so doing, we are “fellow workers for the truth” (3 John 8).  That means we stay committed with prayer, encouragement, and giving (through the Lottie Moon Christmas offering).  We will have our own commissioning service for the Carmichaels on Sunday, July 9, during the morning services.  I encourage you to make every effort to attend as we honor them and send them well.  

Peace and blessings,

-Pastor Ben

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