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  1. Baptist HistoryLesson 30 Growth and development of the SBC through 1950

  2. My last comments on race and the church History is more than the recitation of facts, dates and events… how does this effect me? what does it teach me? Should we strive for one, colorblind church? Is it legitimate to have predominately African-American congregations? Should this be a deliberate policy? SBC: 150 years of racial wrongness 1995 Public Apology for Racism 2008 20% of congregations predominately black, Latino or Asian Personal opinion To lift up Jesus in all his glory, in a manner that can be appreciated and understood, churches must be culturally sensitive

  3. Today: The Growth and Development of the SBC through 1950 1845: formation in Augusta, Georgia Foreign Mission Board Home Mission Board Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - 1859 Abstract of Principles Baptist Sunday School Board J.M. Frost (1848-1916) J. B. Grambrell (1841-1921)

  4. We may invigorate our faith and renew our courage by reflecting that divine power has always attended the preaching of doctrine, when done in the true spirit of preaching. Great revivals have accompanied the heroic preaching of the doctrines of grace, predestination, election, and that whole lofty mountain range of doctrines upon which Jehovah sits enthroned, sovereign in grace as in all things else. God honors the preaching that honors him. There is entirely too much milk-sop preaching nowadays trying to cajole sinners to enter upon a truce with their Maker, quit sinning and join the church. The situation does not call for a truce, but for a surrender. Let us bring out the heavy artillery of heaven, and thunder away at this stuck-up age as Whitefield, Edwards, Spurgeon, and Paul did and there will be many slain in the Lord raised up to walk in newness of life.

  5. Today: The Growth and Development of the SBC through 1950 1845: formation in Augusta, Georgia Foreign Mission Board Home Mission Board Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - 1859 Abstract of Principles Baptist Sunday School Board Contributions of the BSSB: “cradle to the grave” Christian education 2. Promoted Baptist principles; built loyalty 3. Promoted Southern identity 4. Encouraged uniformity in doctrine and methodology for a denomination comprised of autonomous churches J.M. Frost (1848-1916) J. B. Grambrell (1841-1921)

  6. Women’s Missionary Union 1888: formed in Richmond, VA Began Christmas offering in 1888 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 1907 WMU Training School in Louisville Annie Armstrong (1850-1938) Instrumental in establishing RA’s and GA’s Fannie Heck (1862-1915) Today: Annie Armstrong Easter Offering –Home Missions

  7. Other denomination building efforts Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary - 1908 B. H. Carroll (1843-1914) I went in his [Carroll’s] room one day and he pulled himself up by my chair with his hands and looked me in the face. There were times when he looked like he was forty feet high. And he looked in my face and said, “My boy, on this Hill orthodoxy, the old truth is making one of its last stands and I want to deliver to you a charge and I do it in the blood of Jesus Christ. . . . You will be elected president of this seminary. I want you, if there ever comes heresy in your faculty, to take it to your faculty. If they won’t hear you, take it to the trustees. If they won’t hear you, take it to the common Baptists. They will hear you. . . . I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to keep it lashed to the old Gospel of Jesus Christ.” L. R. Scarborough, Gospel Messages, pp. 227–228

  8. 1907 Layman’s Missionary Movement … Baptist Brotherhood of the South 1914 Social Services Commission … today Christian Life Commission 1917 Baptist Bible Institute, New Orleans…today New Orleans Baptist Seminary How to operate the SBC? 1917 The Executive Committee The most important tool in promoting a programmatic approach to SBC identity and cooperation in the years following WWII 1919-1924 The Seventy-Five Million Campaign • United Southern Baptist across geographical lines • It showed how much SB’s could accomplish if they pooled their resources • The concept of stewardship became a watchword among Southern Baptists

  9. Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy in the SBC Crawford Howell Toy (1836-1919) William Whitsitt (1841-1911) Fundamentalism within the SBC First Baptist Church – Ft. Worth, TX Temple Baptist Church - Detroit World Baptist Fellowship 1950 Baptist Bible Fellowship International J. Frank Norris (1877-1952)

  10. These practices were to Southern Baptists what the Latin Mass was to Roman Catholics. It provided all of us with a sense of continuity and security. At home or traveling, whether visiting relatives or on vacation, you could study the same Sunday school lesson in any Southern Baptist church in the land, and this programmatic uniformity all hung together around a ubiquitous commitment to missions and evangelism best expressed in giving through the Cooperative Program and support for Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong. . . . It was absolutely ingenious! David S. Dockery, Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal, pp. 7–8 Baptist Faith and Message - 1925 E.Y. Mullins (1860-1928) End of sectional denominationalism Ignoring Fortress Monroe The SBC becomes a national denomination