Whereas the messengers of the Minnesota Baptist Association have gathered at First Baptist Church in Marshall, MN for its 156th Annual Meeting, be it resolved that we express our appreciation to the pastors and the people of First Baptist Church for their effort in making the messengers welcome during our Annual Meeting. Be it further resolved that we also express our appreciation to the program committee for their input in planning a wonderful meeting. Further appreciation goes to Pastor Mike Harding for his excellent preaching at the meeting. Be it further resolved that we would encourage each church to pray for the continual success of the churches within our association.
Whereas Dr. Robert Fuller Jr. has accepted the position of State Missionary for the MBA and has begun his full-time duties on May 1st of this year, be it resolved that we encourage all our churches to invite him to fellowship with them for at least one service. Be it further resolved that our churches uphold him and his family in prayer as he seeks to lead the MBA into the next phase of our history.
Whereas we are seeking the expansion of Christ’s Church both within our state and around the world, and whereas Baptist church planting efforts are needed in Minnesota and our surrounding states, be it resolved that we urge all messengers and associated churches to pray, invest, and participate in starting new churches within our region. Be it further resolved that we support the church planting program of the Minnesota Baptist Association and the church plants of our associated churches as the Lord allows and burdens.
Whereas racial unrest is becoming more public, and whereas this unrest affects the communities around our churches, be it resolved that our churches within the Minnesota Baptist Association continue to affirm that the Gospel message is equally efficacious for people “from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). We affirm that racial prejudice is an affront to the Gospel and a hindrance to the biblical expectation of an ethnically diverse Church which is unified through the One Spirit (Ephesians 4:3-6). Be it further resolved that we celebrate the multiplicity of ethnicities within our associated churches. We also express our commitment to minister in a spirit of biblical equality to all people within our state.
Whereas the state and national definitions for marriage have changed, we reaffirm that the Old Testament prohibited homosexuality, defining sexual relations between members of the same sex as sin (Leviticus 18:22; Deuteronomy 23:17). We also reaffirm that the New Testament affirms that homosexual acts are sinful (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:8-11). Furthermore, since a civil ceremony or legal license does not legitimize or give divine approval to homosexual activity, our churches will not endorse or give Christian recognition to same-sex civil unions or marriages. Instead, we commit ourselves to sharing the life-changing Gospel with all who are tempted into homosexuality. We reaffirm that those who persist in this sin, as any sin, will experience death and eternal condemnation from God, but that Christ’s sacrifice has fully atoned for this sin for all who turn to Him. We believe that godly believers may be tempted by homosexuality but that they must abstain from this sin in all of its forms.
ALSO SEE: 2013 Resolution on Homosexuality