Here are the winners of Match Ups #5 & #6…
With 62.5% of the votes, W. A. Criswell won versus M. L. King, Jr.
With 53% of the votes, Lottie Moon won versus J. P. Boyce.
The updated bracket looks like this:
AND, here are the final set of first round match ups in Baptist Madness 2016…
MATCH UP #7
Adrian Pierce Rogers, (born Sept. 12, 1931, West Palm Beach, Fla.—died Nov. 15, 2005, Memphis, Tenn.), American minister who , led the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. He assumed leadership of the Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., in 1972 and transformed it into a megachurch with a congregation of 29,000. Rogers served three times as the president of the SBC and promoted the doctrine of biblical inerrancy (belief in the literal truth of the Bible).
Known for his evangelistic zeal and uncompromising commitment to the Word of God, Adrian Rogers was one of the greatest preachers, respected Bible teachers, and Christian leaders of our time. For over fifty years, he consistently presented the Good News of Jesus Christ with strong conviction, compassion,and integrity.
He was a devoted family man — husband to his childhood sweetheart Joyce, father to five children, grandfather to nine, and great-grandfather to seven. Of all his accomplishments, Dr. Rogers often said his greatest joy centered in his relationship to Jesus Christ, his wife and family, and the church he pastored. The recipient of many honors and awards, the trophy he treasured most was one presented to him by his children one Father’s Day in which he was proclaimed The World’s Greatest Dad.
Dr. Rogers was active in national leadership and personally consulted and prayed with five presidents of the United States. He visited and had the privilege of sharing the platform with President George W. Bush in the White House on the National Day of Prayer for America.
Dr. Rogers preached overseas crusades in Taiwan, South Korea, Israel, Russia, Romania, and in Central and South America.
Even though the Lord called him home in 2005, his messages of “Come To Jesus” are still reaching around the world.
[Opening biographical paragraph from the online Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com/biography/Adrian-Pierce-Rogers; Remainder of article from “Adrian Rogers,” at Love Worth Finding website, https://www.lwf.org/adrian-rogers ]
Oswald Chambers (24 July 1874 – 15 November 1917) was an early twentieth-century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional My Utmost for His Highest.
Born as a Baptist preacher’s son in Aberdeen, Scotland, Chambers converted under the preaching of Charles Spurgeon. In his twenties, he sought to portray the message of God’s redemption in art, studying technique in London and Edinburgh.
Gradually Chambers began to believe God wanted him not to pursue the arts for God’s sake, but God for the sake of his will alone. As he later wrote, “It takes me a long while to realize that God has no respect for anything I bring him. All he wants from me is unconditional surrender.”
His decision led him to Dunoon College, a small, interdenominational theological school. It wasn’t long before Chambers himself began to believe, like family members and his artist colleagues, he was foolish—or insane. During those “four years of hell on earth,” Chambers continued his work but inside felt overcome by an acute vision of his own depravity and the powerlessness of his faith.
The experience brought Chambers to the brink of spiritual desperation. He threw himself completely on Jesus’ promise that God would give his Spirit to those who ask. The struggle was instantly over. Chambers later described the restult: “Glory be to God, the last aching abyss of the human heart is filled to overflowing with the love of God.”
Soon after his “spiritual emancipation,” Chambers became much in demand as an itinerant speaker and teacher through the revivalistic League of Prayer.
A ruptured appendix and consequent complications cut Chambers’s life short in late 1917. It seemed an unbelievably tragic end to a life of promise. But it wasn’t the end. His wife, whose ambition to become secretary to England’s prime minister prompted her to acquire an astonishing skill at shorthand, transcribed and published Chambers’s lectures. She sent them in pamphlet form to many soldiers to whom Chambers had ministered, as well as to past students. Soon she gathered the material into book form and, in 1927, she first published My Utmost for His Highest.
[Opening biographical paragraph from Wikipedia, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Chambers; Remainder of article from, “Oswald Chambers: A preacher who gave his utmost,” at Chritianity Today website, http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/innertravelers/oswald-chambers.html ]
MATCH UP #8
William Carey, (born August 17, 1761, Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, England—died June 9, 1834, Frederiksnagar [now Shrirampur], India), founder of the English Baptist Missionary Society (1792), lifelong missionary to India, and educator whose mission at Shrirampur (Serampore) set the pattern for modern missionary work. He has been called the “father of Bengali prose” for his grammars, dictionaries, and translations.
At a meeting of Baptist leaders in the late 1700s, a newly ordained minister stood to argue for the value of overseas missions. He was abruptly interrupted by an older minister who said, “Young man, sit down! You are an enthusiast. When God pleases to convert the heathen, he’ll do it without consulting you or me.”
That such an attitude is inconceivable today is largely due to the subsequent efforts of that young man, William Carey.
Carey was raised in the obscure, rural village of Paulerpury, in the middle of England. He apprenticed in a local cobbler’s shop, where the nominal Anglican was converted. He enthusiastically took up the faith, and though little educated, the young convert borrowed a Greek grammar and proceeded to teach himself New Testament Greek.
When his master died, he took up shoemaking in nearby Hackleton, where he met and married Dorothy Plackett, who soon gave birth to a daughter. But the apprentice cobbler’s life was hard—the child died at age 2—and his pay was insufficient. Carey’s family sunk into poverty and stayed there even after he took over the business.
“I can plod,” he wrote later, “I can persevere to any definite pursuit.” All the while, he continued his language studies, adding Hebrew and Latin, and became a preacher with the Particular Baptists. He also continued pursuing his lifelong interest in international affairs, especially the religious life of other cultures.
Carey was impressed with early Moravian missionaries and was increasingly dismayed at his fellow Protestants’ lack of missions interest. In response, he penned An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens. He argued that Jesus’ Great Commission applied to all Christians of all times, and he castigated fellow believers of his day for ignoring it: “Multitudes sit at ease and give themselves no concern about the far greater part of their fellow sinners, who to this day, are lost in ignorance and idolatry.”
[Opening biographical paragraph from the online Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com/biography/William-Carey; Remainder of article from “William Carey: Father of Modern Protestant Mission,” at Christianity Today website, http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/missionaries/william-carey.html ]
Thomas Helwys, (born c. 1550—died c. 1616), English Puritan leader, member of a Separatist group that emigrated to Amsterdam (1608), where he helped organize the first Baptist church.
Upon reading the mission statement of the Helwys Society, some readers have inquired about the origin of its name. Who is Helwys? Why is he important? Thomas Helwys (c. 1575 – c. 1616) was an English lawyer and theologian who holds an important place in American, Baptist, and Arminian history. A predominant theme that emerges from his writings is liberty. This is seen most clearly in his views on religious liberty, believer’s baptism, and general atonement. In order to fully appreciate Helwys’s impact in these areas, it is necessary to explore the historical context in which these views were couched.
In the late 1590s and early 1600s, Helwys affiliated with the Puritans and Separatists, two groups that were critical of the Church of England. Having received his law degree in 1593, Helwys was affluent and consequently able to support these groups financially (in England and later in Amsterdam). In the early 1600s, he joined John Smyth’s Separatist congregation in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
However, this congregation (and other congregations like it) came under persecution when King James I assumed the throne in 1603. He believed in the divine right of kings and would not tolerate religious groups that caused discord in his kingdom. While the Puritans were causing discord within the state-sponsored Church of England, the Separatists were causing citizens to reject her altogether. Thus they began to receive heavy fines and persecution and, as a result, Smyth, Helwys, and the Gainsborough congregation fled in self-exile to Amsterdam.
While in Amsterdam, Smyth came under the influence of the Dutch Waterlander Mennonites. This created a tension between Smyth and several members of his congregation and, as a result, Helwys and about ten members of the Gainsborough congregation returned to England in 1611. By this time, Helwys had outlined a declaration that characterized the theology of the General Baptists. Evident from his writings, some of their teachings included the anointing of the sick with oil, believer’s baptism by immersion, feetwashing, general atonement, the laying on of hands, mankind’s free will, religious liberty, sola gratia, sola fides, sola scriptura, and the Trinity. It is from this movement that the historic Free Will Baptist faith has descended.
[Opening biographical paragraph from Encyclopedia Britannica website, http://www.britannica.com/biography/Thomas-Helwys; Remainder of article from, “An Historical Sketch of Thomas Helwys,” at Helwys Society website, http://www.helwyssocietyforum.com/?p=238 ]
Voting for these two match ups will remain open until Mar. 7.