The SBC Affirms Human Needs Ministry

SBC 2012

This year’s Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in New Orleans, adopted a resolution affirming human needs ministry and community involvement by local churches.” Lakeshore Baptist Church rejoices with such a statement as we seek to live it out in our daily lives.

AFFIRMING HUMAN NEEDS MINISTRY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT BY LOCAL CHURCHES

June 2012

WHEREAS, Humanity’s greatest problem at the root of all other problems is rebellion against God and separation from Him because of sin; and

WHEREAS, The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only solution to our problem, as it, through faith in Jesus Christ, reconciles us to God and to one another; and

WHEREAS, The work and ministry of Jesus involved both proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom and demonstrating the love of God; and

WHEREAS, We are commanded by Scripture both to preach the Gospel and to do good deeds so that God’s light would shine before men; and

WHEREAS, The indwelling Spirit leads us sacrificially to love our neighbor and all those in need as we love ourselves with both material and spiritual assistance; and

WHEREAS, We are ambassadors for Christ with the ministry of reconciliation to all who are alienated from God and are living under the effects of personal, social, and structural sin; and

WHEREAS, We live in a country and world where sin and its effects greatly harm individuals, families, and communities; and

WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have a long history of providing aid to all people in times of need, including disaster relief, physical assistance, and advocacy for the oppressed, among other things; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 19–20, 2012, affirm and encourage the work of our local churches, associations, community ministry centers, state conventions, and missions agencies in their ministries to human needs; and be it further

RESOLVED, That as every local church makes disciples for Christ, it should encourage every disciple to love people; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage every local church to engage the needs of its community, supremely with a strong Gospel witness in words, accompanied by a corresponding witness of deeds; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage generous support of those ministries in Baptist life that are specifically equipped to facilitate the work of human needs ministry and the involvement of local churches in the same; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we encourage education, training, and equipping of Christians in human needs ministry as an expression of love, discipleship, and fidelity to our Lord as God gifts, directs, and enables us to be His hands and feet to a hurting and needy world.

Testing the Soil

Today we drilled a couple of test holes for the engineer as we get closer to finalizing the church building construction plans. The ground quality met his satisfaction. We very likely will use concrete pilings for the church to mitigate sway under full occupancy. The sanctuary will sit approximately 12′ above grade and hold up to 200 people, so we need to ensure a proper foundation. We still need to do a cost analysis and pass everything before the congregation. The tentative plan calls for poured in place pilings for the corners of the building and concrete block pilings for the rest of the structure. This layout will involve a lot of rebar. When I know exactly how much, I will share the details. In the meantime continue to pray for us as we move closer and closer to our actual ground breaking.

Remember the Sheds

If you came to Lakeshore in the first couple of years after the storm, you probably helped build a shed or two, or observed other teams doing the same. We literally build hundreds of sheds for local residence as they began to put their lives back together. As folks lived in FEMA campers or other temporary housing, the sheds kept the little provisions they had dry from the weather. Others were able to outfit the sheds with washing machines and dryers, and others kept building materials as they constructed their new homes.

We constructed many of these sheds out of lumber we milled from Katrina downed trees. Sided with nothing more than painted OSB, the little storage units served as a temporary necessities. Six+ years later, many of them have started to deteriorate, as expected.

This week we demolished one that had far surpassed its usefulness. One of our church members, a widow in Lakeshore, thanked the volunteer team this week for removing the Katrina reminder from her back yard.

This same team, a youth group from Kenner Louisiana, also gave three of our sheds on the church property another coat of paint in an attempt to prolong their longevity.