State Convention “Video” Annual Meeting 2020

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Steve McNeil, Executive Director of SCBI, shares Denominee "Mission."
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Steve McNeil, Executive Director of SCBI, shares Denominee "Purpose."
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Martin Luther King day celebrates the life of one of America's great civil rights leaders. A humble Baptist preacher with a great vision and dream.
On this day, the SCBI wants to stand together as one people under God, to celebrate our unique and personal differences as one people (John 17) to proclaim the gospel of Jesus which saves all people who would receive His great gift of grace. The following is a resolution that was approved by our state Executive Board and Christian Life Committee. It was approved to be presented by the convention Resolutions Committee at this years annual meeting which was canceled due to Covid.
It is our desire to express unity as God's people to reach our part of the world here in Indiana with the gospel, despite race, gender or other social differences which our world uses to separate us.

Resolution on Race, Racism, and Racial Reconciliation

WHEREAS God has created mankind in His image (Gen 1:27), therefore every human life is possessed of intrinsic and inestimable value, and

WHEREAS God has made all nations from one man (Acts 17:26), and therefore there is only one biological human race, and

WHEREAS God reveals Himself in Scripture to be One who is, ‘no respecter of persons’, does not judge by outward appearance, but rather One who judges by the heart (Acts 10:32-33, 1 Sam 16:7), and

WHEREAS the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana recognize and lament the historical reality of racism in our nation, states, cities, and various societies from its constitutional founding, through the institutional accommodation of, and therefore, sanctioning of slavery in our nation, and

WHEREAS the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana recognize and lament the historical reality of racism in our own Southern Baptist Convention as one of the key warrants for separation from other Baptists and the creation of a Convention that would sanction and defend the owning of people as slaves because of the darker color of their skin, and

WHEREAS the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana recognize and lament that racism and racial injustice continues to exist in peoples of our nation, states, cities, and various societies, posing a proximate threat to the lives and well-being of all persons affected by racism, and

WHEREAS the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana recognize and lament the brokenness of all human beings and their various societies because of personal and corporate sin and its consequences that continues to result in human suffering and injustice, and

WHEREAS the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana recognize and we place our hope and trust in the omnipotent power and infinite goodness of Jesus Christ through His Person and Word as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, to set individual persons free from sin and to set them free indeed (John 8:34-36), so as to provide and achieve true and eternal reconciliation between God and persons, though they are dead in transgressions and sin (Ephesians 2:1), and between sinful persons of all ethnicities, because through faith in Christ, He has reconciled them all to God, and, therefore, to one another through the blood of Christ, giving all access to the Father by one Spirit (Ephesians 2:11-18), and endowing all human lives as possessing sanctity and dignity. That through the Gospel, racism can be redemptively overcome, now,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana call upon our churches and every member therein to champion the goodness of God’s original design for His creation in that every human being, as one of a single human race, bears the image of God as descended from Adam and Eve that has spread over the face of the whole earth (Genesis 3:20, 11:90), remembering that we are indeed called by our Creator to be our brother and sister’s keeper, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana call upon our churches and every member therein to unequivocally condemn the injustice of discrimination against people on the basis of outwardly visible, genetically inherited traits, or characteristics as sin, and inconsistent with a Christian walk of sanctification, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana call upon our churches and every member therein to recommit ourselves anew and afresh to make disciples of “πάντα τὰ ἔθνη” (all the nations) by loving every one of our neighbors, regardless of ethnicity, enough to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, no matter how near or far they may be from our doorstep, because it is precisely the gospel that reconciles us to Jesus Christ and one another (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 2), and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana call upon our churches and every member therein to champion and, with intentionality, pursue the building of personal, substantive, loving relationships with all others, and particularly with those of a different ethnicity than they, in such a way that seeks to understand the context of their lives and to tangibly show love and mercy and blessing to them (Luke 10:25-37), and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana call upon our churches and every member therein that whenever racism rears its ugly head, that love for brothers and sisters and love of neighbor demand that Christians establish justice, defend the marginalized and bear one another’s burden and refuse to look away from their plight (John 13:35), and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana call upon our churches and every member therein to seek to be multi-cultural and seek true and substantive partnerships with other churches filled with brothers and sisters of a different ethnicity so as to edify one another and assist one another in reaching both of their communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ so that our visible cooperation will not only supply the needs of the Lord’s people, but might also overflow with many expressions of thanks in and to and through the community (2 Corinthians 8 & 9), and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana call upon our churches and every member therein to speak clearly and publicly against any and all racism wherever it may be found in their community so that each of us might become catalysts for justice and righteousness (Amos 5:24).

Presented to the Resolutions Committee of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana, by the Christian Life Committee and the Administrative Committee of the Executive Board, September 26, 2020.
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Allison Kinion, Women's Missions and Ministry Director shares a brief update about the Women's Missions.
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Sarah, Children's Ministry Director, shares a brief update about the Children's Ministry.
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