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Encourage: Share your time, Nov. 12-13

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21).

Amen. The apostle Paul wrote his letters in Greek, including the powerful prayer that closes the third chapter of Ephesians. Every word of the letter is in Greek except for one word, “Amen.” He closes his prayer with the Hebrew word that was employed by the churches regardless of language or culture—Amen. In so doing he invites us all to agree with his prayer. Amen means “that is firm; I agree.” When we join a prayer by saying Amen, we are saying that is true; I will stand with you in that prayer—it is true for me, and it is true for you, Amen.

To Him be the glory in the church… Amen.

As a fellowship of churches, we encourage one another to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christian fellowship is deeply theological. We share together in the Cross of Jesus. We are born again by one Spirit and strive for one sacred effort, the advancement of the Gospel. Our fellowship is also very practical. We share our work, our money and our time.

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma only meets one time each year. This year, we will meet at Edmond’s First Baptist Church on Nov. 12-13. We will worship our Lord together and celebrate our common bond under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We will open His Word together and open our hearts to some great preaching.

We will also conduct some business related to the more practical aspects of our fellowship—our work and our money. You will have an opportunity to say “Amen” to reports and recommendations concerning our cooperative work and cooperative missions giving. For a schedule and additional information, go to www.bgco.org/annualmeeting.

The convention will close Tuesday afternoon, but we will return to Edmond, First on Tuesday evening for “The Gospel, The Church, and Foster Care,” an equipping conference to care for foster children through the church. Russell Moore will be the keynote speaker. We will hear from Oklahoma Baptists involved in foster care and learn how to become engaged in ministering in this area. Please pray how God will lead you and your church to become involved. For more information on this rally, go to www.bgco.org/foster.

Would you commit to share your time with the Oklahoma Baptist family? Your presence strengthens our fellowship. Come join us.
“Let the Amen sound from His people again; gladly for aye we adore Him.”

Hance Dilbeck

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