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Theme & Breakout Information
By Wade Allen, President – BMA of Arkansas
We talk about it. We sing about it. We’re thankful for it every day. But when it comes to extending it to others, we often fall short. What are we talking about? Grace.
Paul David Tripp explained, “There is never a moment in ministry when you aren’t being ministered to. The Savior is not just working through you in the lives of others; He is also working in you as He works through you. He is not just calling you to be an agent of His transforming grace; He is transforming you by the same grace. He is not just committed to the success of your ministry, but also to the triumph of His grace in your own heart and life… You are never just a vehicle of His amazing grace. No, you are always also a recipient of that grace” (Dangerous Calling 223).
What an amazing truth! I love the last part of that quote: “You are never just a vehicle of His amazing grace. No, you are always a recipient of that grace.” I have been a recipient of the grace of God so many times in my life — beginning with the gift of salvation by grace 40 years ago and continuing throughout my Christian walk. The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to extend grace to others, just as God and others have extended grace to me.
Throughout the Bible, we find grace coupled together with pain and suffering. In II Corinthians 12, the Lord told Paul that His grace is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in weakness. This has continually proven to be true in my life. I still struggle to rejoice in my suffering, but I have learned to look for what God is doing in and through me in the midst of these difficult times.
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you” (emphasis mine) (I Peter 5:10).
This year’s theme at the BMA of Arkansas will be “Experiencing Grace through Pain and Suffering.” On Thursday, Nov. 7, we will gather together to conduct the business of the BMA of Arkansas, but we will also be gathering to fellowship and encourage one another in the work to which we have been called. We hope you will take the time to join us for this meeting.
We recognize that your schedules are hectic, but our goal is to provide you with valuable training while you are there. So in addition to the times of business and worship, we will be offering several breakout sessions that will help equip you to serve our Lord through the local church. This year’s breakout sessions include:
- “Exegeting Grace from Scripture” by the CBC Bible Department Faculty
- “Experiencing Grace in Times of Betrayal”
- “Extending Grace to Mothers in Crisis” by Maria Speer of Life Choices
- “Extending Grace to Families in Crisis” by Scott Martin, chaplain at Arkansas Children’s Northwest
- “Experimentando la Gracia a través del Dolor y el Sufrimiento” by Elvis Garcia of South City Church in Little Rock
These breakout sessions will begin at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7. Those in attendance will be able to choose two sessions to attend. More information about each session will be published in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you there!
Location, Meals, Lodging, & Display Table Information
BMA of Arkansas to Meet
It is always a special time when the BMA of Arkansas meets each fall to worship together, rejoice together regarding what all the Lord is doing, and seek the Lord together regarding His business. This year’s BMA of Arkansas annual meeting will again be held at Central Baptist College in Conway. The dates are Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7-8. A tentative program is included in the August 28 issue of the Baptist Trumpet.
The following information was supplied by Duffy Guyton, director of Church Relations at CBC and BMA of Arkansas President Wade Allen.
Tables will be assigned in the Cooper Complex for those who want to set up a display during our State Meeting. CBC will provide one large 8-ft. table per ministry. If electricity is needed, please notify the college when reserving your table.
RSVP deadline will be Wednesday, Oct. 30. Set up begins Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 3-5 p.m. and will continue starting at 7 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7. Please RSVP to Duffy Guyton at (501) 269-6784 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBC Services and Meals
CBC will provide complimentary water on the platforms of Toland and the Burgess Auditorium, as well as complimentary coffee and water in the foyer area of Cooper Complex.
CBC will also offer delicious and affordable meals in the Mabee Student Services Complex. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available for guests on that Thursday and Friday in the Dining Hall. Breakfast is served from 7:30-9:30 a.m., lunch is served from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and dinner is served from 4:45-6:30 p.m. Cost is $4 per person for breakfast, $8 per person for lunch and $7 per person for dinner. Menus will be released two-three weeks prior to the event. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Duffy Guyton or at the CBC information table during the event.
In preparation for the meeting, 20 hotel rooms have been blocked off at these two locations:
- Country Inn and Suites by Radisson, 750 Amity Rd., Conway; (501) 932-0500; $77 for standard and $99 for suites; mention BMA of Arkansas or CBC. Includes full hot breakfast-buffet style in the morning. Please confirm reservations by Oct. 15.
- Fairfield by Marriot, 2260 Sanders Rd.; (501) 505-8034; $79 for standard and $89 for suites; mention BMA of Arkansas or CBC. Includes full hot breakfast-buffet style in the morning. Please confirm reservations by Oct. 15.
For more information, contact Duffy Guyton, Director of Church Relations, Central Baptist College; (501) 205-8920; email@example.com.