2018 Annual Meeting Book of Reports

Las Cruces (BNM) - The Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s president, John Hinze, selected “God's Unshakeable Kingdom” as the theme for the convention’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Las Cruces, Oct. 23-24. He based the theme upon Scripture.

“See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For, if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject Him who warns from heaven. At that time, His voice shook the earth. But now, He has promised, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ This phrase, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:25-29, ESV).

Discussing his choice for the theme of the convention, Hinze explained, “We're going to receive a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. And soon—very soon—we're going there.” He noted that, no matter how many things are going wrong, from earthquakes in Amarillo, Texas, to volcanoes on Hawaii and unrest in our country, Christians can rest in the assurance that God is in control. As Hinze talked about the sermon he had prepared on the theme, he smiled and said, “There'll be a whole lot of shakin' goin' on.” 

The BCNM’s executive director and lead missionary, Joseph Bunce, described his understanding of the theme, “In a world where everything seems to be in turbulence, God's kingdom is unshakeable. Theologians use the terminology the immutability of God, which means He never changes.” He described the theme as comforting, saying it assures stability in a divided nation and among a divided people. While the earth is in turmoil, he said, “God's kingdom is not. God is continually at work around us.”

The annual meeting theme complements the BCNM’s Advancing the Kingdom Objectives, adopted by messengers. Those objectives envision “a disciple-making church for every person, ten percent of New Mexicans in a BCNM congregation, one hundred indigenous leaders being raised up and mentored annually, one thousand points of light - churches and church starts - spread across New Mexico and one million unreached Hispanics being reached through disciple-based evangelism strategies.”  

Linda Connell served as a volunteer StoryTeller with the convention’s Information Services Team staff, onsite, at the 2018 BCNM Annual Meeting in Las Cruces. She also serves as a volunteer assignment writer with the Baptist New Mexican, one of the team’s ministries.

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