Today I want to “Throw Out There” five realities about the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). . .
First, let me “Throw Out There” the fact that the SBC is meeting in Baltimore, Maryland this Tuesday and Wednesday. All Southern Baptist’s (approved by their home church, called “messengers”) are invited to attend this annual meeting.
Second, let me “Throw Out There” that you can follow along with all the events via this App. I will not be traveling to Baltimore, so I plan to use the app often to stay in touch with what is going on.
Third, let me “Throw Out There” that a fellow IMB trustee and one who has become a dear friend of mine in recent days, John Meador, is preaching the convention message. He pastor’s the great church of FBC Euless, Texas. If you have an opportunity to pause on Wednesday morning (he’s scheduled to begin at 11:42 am), give him a listen. You will be glad you did.
Fourth, let me “Throw Out There” the fact that some of the best preachers in the world will be preaching this Sunday night and Monday at the annual Pastor’s Conference that meets prior to the SBC. Again, if you have a chance – check out the schedule and give ’em a listen.
Sixth, let me “Throw Out There” the two primary reasons I am a Southern Baptist:
1. Southern Baptist Doctrine aligns with Scripture – in my opinion – more than any other denomination.
Hear me. I am NOT saying the SBC is the only right and good denomination. I’m not. There are other denominations who believe the Bible and will be in heaven! A bunch of ’em. But I believe the Baptist Faith and Message aligns with the primary teachings of Scripture, more so than any other denomination.
2. Southern Baptist’s emphasize evangelism and missions more than any other denomination.
Again, this is my opinion. And I confess I have never NOT known a denomination personally as I have the SBC. But I can say with all integrity that my entire life I have been encouraged, challenged, and urged with zeal to make Jesus known here and everywhere.
Seventh, and finally, let me “Throw Out There” the earnest need for us to pray for our convention.
19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!
Let your face shine, that we may be saved!