Resolutions

Resolution No. 1
On Appreciation to Host Church for the 2019 Annual Meeting

We, the messengers to the 2019 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 11-12, 2019, express our appreciation to Pastor Stephen Rummage and to the staff and congregation of Quail Springs 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.

(John 13:35; Phil. 1:3; I Thess. 5:11)

Resolution No. 2
On Brokenness as Opportunity for the Gospel

We, the messengers to the 2019 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 11-12, 2019, recognize that Oklahoma has vast areas of social and personal brokenness. These issues are wide-ranging, including substance abuse/addiction, a foster care crisis, high incarceration rates, abortion, hunger, pornography and more. We believe Jesus teaches us to embrace brokenness as an opportunity for the Gospel. We commit to help our neighbors in need through the saving message of Jesus Christ. We will embrace brokenness as an opportunity for the Gospel.

(Luke 4:17-21; 5:12-32)

Resolution No. 3
On Increasing Baptisms in Oklahoma

We, the messengers to the 2019 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 11-12, 2019, are alarmed at the plateaued and declining baptism rates in Oklahoma. As Southern Baptists, we recognize the importance of baptism, knowing it is the first step of discipleship. As part of a renewed focus on evangelism in Oklahoma, we will pray and seek to increase baptisms in Oklahoma by twenty percent by 2025, trusting the Lord to give the increase. This baptism goal pushes the priority of evangelism and feeds our focus on discipleship and church membership. Baptism is the visible sign of Gospel advance, and it provides a key indicator of the effectiveness of all ministries within the church.

(Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-11)

Resolution No. 4
On Increasing Church Attendance in Oklahoma

We, the messengers to the 2019 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 11-12, 2019, see that, while the population of Oklahoma is increasing, Oklahoma Baptists’ weekly church attendance is in decline. Assembling together is a key indicator of healthy disciples, and we believe gathering together for worship brings glory to God and strengthens the Body of Christ. Therefore, we resolve to have a strong focus on church attendance with a goal to increase weekly church attendance.

(Acts 6:7; II Thess. 3:1)

Resolution No. 5
On Increasing Missions Sending

We, the messengers to the 2019 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 11-12, 2019, know that our shared mission of Gospel advance calls us to go to the nations. The missionary heart is an indicator of healthy disciples and healthy churches. We will pray for, call out, and encourage Oklahoma Baptists to go as journeymen and career missionaries. This focus on sending more journeymen and career missionaries through the International Mission Board (IMB) will ultimately spill over to increased sending through other pathways. We aim to send twenty percent more Oklahomans as missionaries through the IMB by 2025 to the glory of Christ.

(Matt. 24:14; Rom. 10:14-15a; Rev. 7:9)

Resolution No. 6
On Raising Cooperative Program Giving

We, the messengers to the 2019 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 11-12, 2019, believe the Bible teaches us that cooperative missions giving is a key indicator of spiritual health and Christian fellowship. Our Oklahoma Baptist fellowship in the Gospel is expressed, in part, through our Cooperative Program giving. Knowing that increased giving corresponds to increased attendance, baptisms, and sending, we will strive for increased percentages in our giving through the Cooperative Program.

(I Cor. 16:1-4; Phil. 4:10-20)

Resolution No. 7
On Ending Abortion, Promoting the Sanctity of Human Life

We, the messengers to the 2019 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 11-12, 2019, believe in the sanctity of human life, that every person—born and unborn—is created in God’s image and deserves life. We are thus deeply grieved that the barbaric practice of abortion continues in Oklahoma. We are horrified to know the abortion rate is increasing in Oklahoma, recognizing the loss of each one of these unborn children is a tragedy. We are calling on Oklahoma Baptists to unite toward positive and effective efforts that build a culture of life and that work to end abortion. Through fervent prayer, preaching, legislative efforts, education, volunteering and more, we pledge to renew our efforts to promote life and protect the unborn. With God’s help, we will work to see a day in which every unborn child in Oklahoma and America is protected.

(Gen. 1:27; Ps. 139)

Resolution No. 8
For Encouraging Pastors and Ministers of the Gospel

We, the messengers to the 2019 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 11-12, 2019, express our gratitude and admiration for pastors and ministers of the Gospel. Realizing the special calling from God and responsibility to advance the Gospel and rightly divide the Word of Truth pastors and ministers have, 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 will be won to Christ.

(I Tim. 6:12-14; II Tim. 4:2; Heb. 13:7)