2018 Annual Meeting Proposed Resolutions
Resolution No. 1
On Appreciation to Host Church for the 2018 Annual Meeting
We, the messengers to the 2018 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at First Baptist Church, Edmond, Oklahoma, November 12-13, 2018, express our appreciation to Pastor Blake Gideon and to the staff and congregation of Edmond, First for the countless hours in support and preparation for this convention. We further state that this church is an outstanding model of genuine Christian service and hospitality. We offer our prayers for God’s continued blessing in future ministry.
(Romans 1:8; 12:13; 1 Corinthians 1:4; 1 Peter 4:8-9)
Resolution No. 2
On Praying for the Executive Director-Treasurer
We, the messengers to the 2018 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at First Baptist Church, Edmond, Oklahoma, November 12-13, 2018, are grateful for the calling of Dr. Hance Dilbeck as the 9th Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. We urge all Oklahoma Baptists to pray fervently for his daily walk with the Lord, his personal integrity, his wife Julie and their entire family, and for Godly wisdom and direction in his leading of our convention.
(Numbers 6:24-26; Psalm 1; Micah 6:8; Ephesians 4:1; Philippians 1:3-6; Hebrews 13:20-21)
Resolution No. 3
For Foster Care and Adoption
We, the messengers to the 2018 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at First Baptist Church, Edmond, Oklahoma, November 12-13, 2018, recognize the alarming fact that, according to Oklahoma Fosters, there are “nearly 8,500 children in state custody in Oklahoma.” We see that there are hundreds of children on any given day who are waiting for adoptive families. Knowing that Christ calls us to minister to the vulnerable, and that Jesus modeled love and compassion toward all children and commands us to care for them, we call on Oklahoma Baptists to take an even more active role in foster care. We thank the Lord for Oklahoma Baptists and others who have taken an active role in foster care and adoption, and we are thankful for the One Such Child initiative from Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.
(Deuteronomy 10:18; Psalms 82:3; 127:3; Matthew 25:35-40; Mark 10:13-16; James 1:27)
Resolution No. 4
For Christian Civility amid a Hostile Culture
We, the messengers to the 2018 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at First Baptist Church, Edmond, Oklahoma, November 12-13, 2018, recognize that we live in a world that is inherently hostile and given by nature to sin and despair. We also recognize that obedience to Jesus’ commands calls for a consistent lifestyle of kindness and civility in our interactions with the world around us, both Christians and non-Christians alike. Followers of Jesus are called to be a light in a dark place and a witness to the glorious Gospel. Inasmuch, we call for Oklahoma Baptists to remain kind, cordial, and civil in both their online social media presence and interpersonal interactions. Whereas unkind and ungodly discourse has proven time and again to arise on the lines of social, political, and moral issues, we resolve to remain kind, gracious, seasoned, and God-honoring in both our various online experiences and daily life interactions, especially toward those with whom disagreement exists, and in doing so, the Lord will be honored and more might be won to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 5:13-16; Romans 12:18; Ephesians 4:15-16, 29-32; Colossians 4:6)
Resolution No. 5
For Sexual Integrity, Accountability
We, the messengers to the 2018 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at First Baptist Church, Edmond, Oklahoma, November 12-13, 2018, affirm with our national convention that God abhors violence against the weak and defenseless and calls His people to defend the hurt and oppressed, to stand for justice and to deliver victims of abuse from the hands of their oppressors. We see that abuse of all forms continue, including and especially against women and children. We deplore, apologize, and ask for forgiveness for failures to protect the abused, failures that have occurred in churches and ministries, including such failures among Southern Baptists. We condemn all forms of abuse and repudiate with a unified voice all abusive behavior as unquestionably sinful and under the just condemnation of our Holy God and should be properly reported to state/legal authorities. We extend compassion and support to all persons encountering the injustice of abuse, being careful to remind the abused that such injustice is undeserved and never a result of personal guilt or fault. We encourage leaders in our churches and Southern Baptist Convention entities to be faithful examples, through their words and actions, and to speak against the sin of all forms of abuse. We strongly urge abuse victims to contact civil authorities, separate from their abusers, and seek protection, care and support from fellow Christians and civil authorities. We uphold the dignity of all human beings as image-bearers of God and the responsibility of all Christians to seek the welfare of the abused. Adapted from 2018 SBC Resolution on abuse.
(Genesis 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:1-5; 1 Timothy 5:2)
Resolution No. 6
On Recreational Marijuana and the Abuse of Drugs
We, the messengers to the 2018 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at First Baptist Church, Edmond, Oklahoma, November 12-13, 2018, are alarmed at the rapid advance of acceptance of recreational marijuana and the trafficking and abuse of other addictive drugs. We believe that every state and authority should protect its people from the trafficking of illicit drugs, and we know that the abuse of drugs leaves neighborhoods and schools vulnerable for exploitation. We pray that the citizens of Oklahoma will oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana and that the church will be proactive through Christ-centered ministries to reach people who are addicted to substances.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Peter 5:8)
Resolution No. 7
In Gratitude for Pastors and Ministers of the Gospel
We, the messengers to the 2018 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at First Baptist Church, Edmond, Oklahoma, November 12-13, 2018, express our gratitude and respect for pastors and ministers of the Gospel. Recognizing the special calling from God and responsibility to shepherd our churches in advancing the Gospel and rightly divide the Word of Truth, we commit to pray for them and encourage them. We feel uniquely blessed in Oklahoma to have a godly group of pastors, past and present, who have set an example of consistent faith and exercising the responsibility and spiritual gifting God has given them, so that many people may be won to Christ.
(Isaiah 52:7; Romans 10:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 13:7; 1 Peter 5:2-4)