BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Churches across Indiana met for a conference that addressed the topic “In Persecution, the Church Speaks.” The conference was an annual event of Crossroads Fellowship, the regional association of Regular Baptist churches in Indiana, and held at Emmanuel Baptist Church Sept. 19 and 20.
“For years Christians in America have enjoyed relative peace with our culture,” conference organizers say. “Clearly that has changed as we are now beginning to face the kind of opposition that has been commonplace throughout the rest of church history.”
Dr. Dan DeWitt, Dr. Randy McKinion, Dr. Jason Lee, and Dr. Jeremy Kimble, all professors in the School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville University, pointed attendees to the hope and power found in the midst of persecution. “When we preach, we will experience rejection and persecution,” Lee said while teaching on the martyrdom of Stephen from Acts 7. “Let’s keep the main thing in our preaching the main offense—their rejection of Jesus.”
Kimble closed the conference with a message from Acts 13:16–41 that encouraged everyone that they can find hope in the midst of uncertain and difficult times. “History is not a man-centered enterprise,” he said. “If we speak of the realities of this world but fail to acknowledge God’s working and glory, we have not looked deeply enough. The God of history resides on His throne, and therefore history is not spinning out of control.”