West Texans are a churchgoing people - there are hundreds of churches in Amarillo, and Sunday (Oct. 27) evening kicked off three days of fellowship at the Amarillo Civic Center.Isaiah Chapter 50 Verse 7 reads: "For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed." And that's the theme of this year's annual Southern Baptists of Texas convention.
The Southern Baptists of Texas is a statewide consortium of Baptist churches that meet once a year to learn how they can best serve each other to continue their mission and outreach. And that kind of cooperation and collaboration allows them to pool their resources to make the most progress in their many ongoing projects.
"We can work together as churches," said Gil Lain, a pastor at Paramount Baptist Church. "We can do so much more together than we could ever do by ourselves. So we gather together every year to encourage one another."
Baptism as a denomination can trace its roots to 1609, founded by English separatist John Smyth. And the Southern Baptist Convention has existed since 1845.
Today, members of the church say the original message has carried over through the centuries.
"The message of the Southern Baptists is Jesus. Jesus is the answer," said Pastor Lain. "He's the one who died on the cross to shed His blood to save us from our sins. He rose from the dead; He's alive today, and we just want to share the love of God."
The convention will continue through Tuesday (Oct. 27).
To you'd like to learn more about the convention or to see what's scheduled for the next two days, follow the links attached to this story.