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Total Church Life Leadership Conference

Saturday, August 17, 2019
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, Baton Rouge
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jeff Iorg
President Gateway Seminary


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Greetings from Executive Director Dr. Tommy Middleton

Sermons - Tommy Middleton

Dear BAGBR Churches,

Amos 6: 22-23 “Even if you offer me your burnt offerings...I will not accept them...take away from me the noise of your songs...”  

Better music is not necessarily the secret to better worship!  Israel was still “having a form of godliness” in that they were carrying on their worship services and yet their offerings were rejected and their music was nothing but noise.  Somehow we think that if we have certain external improvements in our gatherings that it ‘brings about worship’ and yet in the day of Amos such activities were hollow and meaningless.  

Sometimes we judge the quality of our services by how good the music was but that IS the wrong standard!  Did the people seek the Lord?  Was there genuine hungering and thirsting for righteousness?  Was God pleased with our worship or were we more interested in pleasing ourselves and impressing others with our neatly crafted sermons and perfectly synced  music? And yet, where was God in all this? Obedience of leaders and worshippers IS the reality of true worship and is pleasing to God.  

Preparation for worship starts with repentance, surrender, wholeheartedly seeking Christ, not...rehearsals, practice, power points, meticulous sermon details and illustrations.  Granted the latter can be enhancing of the worship experience BUT they CANNOT CAUSE WORSHIP!  When we leave our services today will the assessment be that we and our people heard God or just heard noise?

In Christ,
Tommy Middleton

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The Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge will be a Network of Churches and Missions cooperating together as agents for positive change in the spiritual, social, and cultural fabric of their communities through Christian redemption and Christian life values. This vision will be accomplished by penetrating the community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through family and community orientation, and social involvement that exemplifies the caring and sharing nature of Jesus Christ in order to effect life transformation in individuals, families, and communities. Actions developing from this vision will be relationship based, evangelism centered, service oriented, and training focused.

The churches and individuals of the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge are asked to MAKE A COMMITMENT TO A VISION FOR KINGDOM GROWTH THAT IS LARGER THAN THE LOCAL CHURCH.


Service – Christian concern results in observable actions that meet the needs of the lost

Relationships – Serving the needs of others establishes relationships for evangelism

Trust – Relationships based on biblical principles and Christian character establish trust

Commitment – Trust based biblical principles and Christian character establishes an       opportunity for commitment to truth and life through Jesus Christ

Inclusion – God’s truth and life through Christ’s presence and forgiveness is open to everyone

Empowerment – All who respond to God’s Spirit receives the power needed to fulfill God’s call for training and service

Involvement – God’s life changing call motivates each of us to actions of service


The Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge has as its present mission (A) to establish new relationships between both the churches and pastors; (B) to strengthen existing relationships of the churches and members through a commitment to a vision for kingdom growth that is larger than the local church. This commitment can be evaluated by the degree to which the local church members will penetrate their community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through family and community orientation and social involvement that exemplifies the caring and sharing nature of Jesus Christ.

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