Returning from the SBC in Indianapolis, I am both encouraged and anxious.
Encouragedwith the renewed focus on brokenness instead of programs. Traditionally, the answer to decreased statistics has been the creation ad implementation of new programs, techniques, or strategies. the problem is not in the creation of these solutions, but in the idea that WE have the solution. The only solution is God. It is our propensity to come up with the answer that shows God we don’t need Him. I’m so thankful that this year, the buzz was not around any program or innovation, but around spiritual brokenness (Hosea 10:12 “Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love: break up your untilled ground. It is time to seek the Lord until He comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.”) Encouraged also with the election of key leadership positions. My friend, Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist, Woodstock, Ga. was overwhelmingly elected to serve as this year’s president of the SBC. As Ronnie Floyd of FBC Springdale, AR stated: “The Southern Baptist Convention is in great need of strong and passionate leadership. The annual statistics and low participation level at our annual meeting indicate that we are in major need for revival and reform. Quite honestly, we are in ICU, and we need a mighty spiritual giant like Johnny Hunt to sound the alarm, rally the troops, set forth a fresh new vision, and provide all of us with hope. Johnny has had unusual favor of God upon his ministry, and I firmly believe it will come upon his leadership as President.”
Anxious with the unknown. As Henry Ford said: “You can’t build a reputation on intentions.” We all know that sometimes the only way out is through the fire (Job 23:10). So we must pray that this spiritual surge will last, young and old ministers will come together for the common goal of kingdom growth, and finally that “cooperative” becomes more than the title of our missions giving but the actual pulse in our churches, between our churches, and through which we see God win the world to Himself.