Trinity Baptist Church is known throughout the community and the state for offering informative and relevant conferences and seminars with the goal of educating and discipling people. These opportunities allow participants to develop their relationship with God as well as with others. This trend continues with the Micah 6:8 Conference that will happen at the end of this month, March 31-April 1 (click here for more information and to purchase your tickets). Trinity has partnered with the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission in bringing this conference to San Antonio, and we are excited about what this conference will mean, not only to our church community, but also to San Antonio and Texas.
This significant event is focused on Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” According to J.M.P. Smith, this verse is the, “finest summary of the content of practical religion to be found in the Old Testament.” Von Rad calls this verse, “the quintessence of the commandments as the prophets understood them.” This is a conference of transformation both in our own lives and in our community.
So why would the Church Administrator write about this? Well, one reason we are continually upgrading the facilities is to be able to host conferences like this. To have a place that is safe and comfortable where people can come and focus and spend time with other believers. It could even be argued that keeping up the facility and having the finances to do so is a ministry in itself, which is one reason why we have a Facilities and Finance team.
Another reason is that I believe that what Micah wrote nearly 3,000 years ago is just as relevant today as it was then. To do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our LORD still summarizes what it really means to follow God. A point in fact, and one area that will be highlighted in the conference, is human trafficking, which is when someone is taken from their family and community and transported to another city under the false pretenses of a better life. These victims, many of whom are children, are forced to work against their will, with no hope or ability to return home. Houston is one of the major hubs of human trafficking in the world and I-10, which runs through our city, is one of the main thoroughfares of human trafficking in the country. Over 20% of people who are trafficked in the United States have been transported down I-10. Unfortunately the numbers of victims are not decreasing, which is why conferences such as the Micah 6:8 conference are so important. Conferences like this can make us aware of what is happening around us daily and can prepare us to do the work of the Kingdom of God. This conference will not return the 27 million slaves (www.enditmovement.com) home, but it is a step in the right direction to make all of us aware that we have a role in the kingdom of God to do justice in our context and to follow what was written in Deuteronomy 10: 12-13, which many believe inspired Micah:
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?”