Assembled

Baptist Union of South Africa Assembly 2011

The key highlight of the Assembly was the two hours each morning dedicated to inductive Bible study. Click image to enlarge.

I attended the Baptist Union Assembly this past week and was greatly encouraged; having arrived a disengaged delegate; unconnected, uncommitted and a bit uncomfortable but leaving reconnected, reinvigorated and excited.

The greatest swing for me was the assembled delegates commitment to God’s Word. Each morning began with a 2 hour inductive Bible study where all delegates met in small groups and studied through the book of Nehemiah. If I ever doubted the devotion of fellow Baptists to the Bible I can no longer.

Baptist Union of South Africa Assembly 2011

Some thorns. Malcolm Cunningham (Knysna Baptist Church), Rocky Stevenson (Living Waters Baptist Church), Tyrell Haag (Constantia Park Baptist Church), Me (Crystal Park Baptist Church) and Ian Stuart (Pretoria North Baptist). Click image to enlarge.

Secondly, whereas before I might have mistakenly thought I was a conservative thorn amongst more liberal roses I have since realised that Union is far more conservative than I had perceived. While it is true While I perceive that the more Reformed, orthodox, traditional voices are somewhat muted, apathetic or disconnected one cannot but acknowledge that they’re still there; with what I perceive is a growing desire to interact and intertwine for the cause of the cross.

All in all, I’m glad I went and I’m now looking forward to ways that I can positively contribute to the cause of Christ within the fold of the Baptist Union of South Africa.

Mark Penrith (352 Posts)

Mark is a pastor at Crystal Park Baptist Church. Crystal Park Baptist Church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord; gathered together for teaching, worship, fellowship and evangelism. Mark is married to Liezl, has three children, Kaitlyn, Kathryn and Thomas and loves preaching, writting and thinking.


9 thoughts on “Assembled”

  1. Hey Mark,

    Just read through this again, was thinking about it. I think that saying “Reformed, orthodox, traditional voices are somewhat muted, apathetic or disconnected”. That may be a bit harsh considering you don’t know the historical context that the union finds itself in. I just dont know if you would be able to say to some of our reformed brothers in the face tha they are those thinks….

    Just thinking

    1. Yes, the danger of a blog post is that often what is inked in black and white is more opinion that fact, more knee jerk than considered yet that is often hidden behind very definative sounding language.

      I don’t think it was incorrect to express what I wrote but by saying, “While it is true “ makes it sound like I gave this more thought than I actually did.

      Does the above modification soften the sentiment slightly?

  2. Hey Mark,

    Just read through this again, was thinking about it. I think that saying “Reformed, orthodox, traditional voices are somewhat muted, apathetic or disconnected”. That may be a bit harsh considering you don’t know the historical context that the union finds itself in. I just dont know if you would be able to say to some of our reformed brothers in the face tha they are those thinks….

    Just thinking

    1. Yes, the danger of a blog post is that often what is inked in black and white is more opinion that fact, more knee jerk than considered yet that is often hidden behind very definative sounding language.

      I don’t think it was incorrect to express what I wrote but by saying, “While it is true “ makes it sound like I gave this more thought than I actually did.

      Does the above modification soften the sentiment slightly?

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