Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. ~Ephesians 3:20
As Christ followers, we believe that our purpose is to glorify God. In fact, First Baptist Church Tulsa uses this Ephesians passage as the overall mission of our church. Jesus taught us that the greatest commandments are to “love God and love your neighbor.” While these things are certainly true, theologian John Stott felt like neither of these is completely satisfactory. This past year I read his book, The Radical Disciple, and Stott’s writings on Christlikeness inspired me to use the common but central theme of In Christ Alone for our conference. The essence of what we do and what we attempt to do must be centered In Christ Alone.
As a young college teacher I was given the opportunity to go into the ministry of music at a great church in Oklahoma. Most of my concerns centered on myself and selfish desires for “good” music until I met Dr. Bill Green. Bill demonstrated to me Christlikeness in a way that changed the direction of my life. After meeting with Bill, I quickly realized that most of my struggles came from selfishness and the lack of being Christlike. I realigned my heart and priorities, and I have since found that my life and ministry are more in line when God is leading the way.
I am honored to serve as president of the Baptist Church Music Conference. It is a thrill to blend our worlds together under Christ and our mission to share the gospel of grace through many different types of music. If you are new to this conference I encourage you to meet someone outside your specific discipline.
I also want to express my gratitude to James Bradford and the Quail Springs Baptist Church staff, and to a hard-working and talented BCMC council. This conference is dependent upon each member who contributes ideas, talent, and resources in order for us all to enjoy this time together. Welcome to Oklahoma City, and may Christ be glorified!
Jeff Elkins, President
Baptist Church Music Conference