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The 2010 census and Oklahoma Baptists: some lessons

As I considered writing about the 2010 Census, and what Oklahoma Baptists can learn from it, I couldn’t remove from my mind the census King David took of his fighting men (see 2 Sam. 24). That one didn’t go too well as 70,000 Hebrews died because of God’s judgment on David for taking the census! The full 2010 Census report won’t be released for several months, but what we know already challenges us greatly. As the charts on page 7...

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The new 80/20 rule

One of my pastoral joys was teaching people to share Jesus and minister His love to others. We did home visits, door-to-door ministry, praying with people and sharing Jesus. In the beginning, those I took with me were shy about leading out in witness. But in a matter of weeks, they would gain confidence and begin to share their testimony. Within a few months, I often witnessed a transformation, as the power of the Holy Spirit was...

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Three great questions about church planting in Oklahoma

In the past nine months, 34 Baptist churches have been launched in Oklahoma!  These churches are making disciples, baptizing new believers and teaching them the ways of following Jesus.   Already, 130 professions of faith have been reported, and these new churches are averaging 37 in attendance. Because Oklahoma Baptists start about 50 new churches each year, we are often asked important questions about church planting. In this...

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Oklahoma Baptists’ Great Commission Resurgence

The June meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention promises to be the most significant meeting in decades as messengers will vote on the recommendations of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. Reading the GCR Task Force report has prompted me to think about the Great Commission impact of Oklahoma Baptists. As one well acquainted with our cooperative work, I can testify that much of what we do within our state results in...

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MY316 launched at SEC

Through a bold initiative called MY316, Oklahoma Baptists have launched their largest evangelism effort to date. MY316, unveiled at the State Evangelism Conference, Jan. 25-26, is designed to engage every Oklahoma Baptist in praying for the lost, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and serving the lost through Jesus’ love. Based on John 3:16 and personal testimony, MY316 helps you use what you already know, your story and John 3:16, to...

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