Paul Baxley: General Session 1/Worship Leader
General Session #1 Leader
The Rev. Dr. Paul Baxley was unanimously elected as the fourth executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in January 2019. He frequently preaches and teaches across the 30-year-old Fellowship as he leads this diverse community that includes nearly 1,400 congregations, thousands of individuals, 19 state and regional organizations, 800-plus chaplains and pastoral counselors, dozens of theological education and ministry partners, and 60-plus field personnel serving in 20 countries.
Paul will be preaching in General Session 1/Worship on Thursday, March 23, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Paul's Sermon: "Compelling Cooperation"
I Corinthians 13:4-13 & Colossians 3:12-17 (in addition to Psalm 133)
Thirty years into the life of Cooperative Baptists, it has become more and more difficult to live into the first word of our name. In more and more places, cooperation is only seen in spaces where full agreement exists. In politics, in denominational life, in individual congregations, differences of opinion, conviction and practice are increasingly a warrant to withdraw cooperation. So what compels us to cooperate? What kind of cooperation is a compelling witness to the power of Christ in a deeply divided world? Are we being called to a more compelling kind of cooperation?