LAKE ANN, Mich.—Churches from across Michigan have met for the 65th annual conference of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches, enjoying perfect weather, upper Michigan fall colors, and excellent preaching.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Renald Showers, who serves with Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. Dr. Showers shared four timely messages that addressed critical issues related to the Middle East. His messages were: “Israel and God,” “Israel and the Abrahamic Covenant,” “Israel and Jerusalem,” and “Israel and Islam.”
Ken Floyd, state representative for the MARBC, led a session to develop vision for the MARBC fellowship. This included the introduction of a new ministry emphasis for the MARBC called CPR—Church Partnering Relationships—using the model given by Christ in Acts 1:8. Floyd challenged churches to reach four strategic areas, including their Judea, and focused on the practical example of the churches in Asia Minor (2 Corinthians 8—9).
“It is in the same spirit exemplified by the Macedonian churches and the encouragement of the Corinthian church by the Apostle Paul to be emboldened by their example that we call upon this generation of MARBC churches and pastors,” said Floyd. “We encourage the pastors and members of each partnering church to reflect the glory and grace of Jesus through practical expressions of unity, partnership, and enrichment.”
Ken Floyd challenged churches to consider a sister church relationship in another part of the state as a way of emphasizing a cooperative partnership. Such a relationship would include Caring, a proactive vision towards mutual edification; Praying, a regular sharing of requests and initiatives that promote mutual prayer; and Resourcing, a mission of practical encouragement by outsourcing materials and personnel.
Main sessions were led by a worship team that included Pastor Mark Cizauskas, West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont; Pastor Nathan Pierpont, Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo; and Pastor Mark Warren, Highland Hills Baptist Church, Grand Rapids.
- All of the conference messages are available for download at the MARBC website