“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures …” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, ESV)
Many things compete for first importance and sometimes we wave banners that weaken our witness of the gospel – the good news. As West Virginia Southern Baptists enter our fifty-first year, our charge is a recommitment to proclaim the person and work of Jesus as first importance. With boldness, may we rally around this banner in unity and wave that of first importance, that the power of the cross and the victory of the empty tomb will fill every pulpit, every pew, and every heart.
All West Virginia Southern Baptist churches are invited to participate in the state missions emphasis, “Of First Importance,” during the month of September.
West Virginia Southern Baptists are grateful for Ola Cox. It was her work that inspired naming the state missions offering in her honor in 1973. Ola Cox believed God generously gives us everything we have, including our lives. Ola’s life challenges us to give everything back to God, so that his Kingdom can be multiplied in every way, and we get to be a part of that blessing.
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