BALTIMORE, Md. – Southern Baptists must go outside of the four walls of the church and preach the gospel if they truly want to reach the next generation, outgoing SBC President Fred Luter Jr. urged attendees of the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting Tuesday night during the revival service.
The Louisiana pastor whose election paved the way for greater diversity within the Southern Baptist Convention turned his focus to the future of the denomination, stating that the days of open-door evangelism are over.
Luter recalled "There was a time when you just open the church door and people would come from the neighborhood. There was a time you just open the church door and people would come from different families. There was a time you could just open the church door and people were expected to go to church." more >>
Hell does exist and it is meant for those who are not necessarily bad people but for those who do not repent of their sins, says Clayton King, a teaching pastor at NewSpring Church in South Carolina.
King's message is the second installment of the megachurch's current sermon series, "What Happens When You Die?," in which he focused on what the Bible says regarding the reality of damnation.
"It's not that good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell," said King. "Forget that nonsense, that's not in the Bible, taught by Jesus or true. If that was true, we would all go to hell because we're all bad. The Bible says there is none righteous for all have sin and fallen short of the glory of God." more >>
More than 6,000 representatives of churches within the Southern Baptist Convention, known as messengers, are expected to address the major issues facing the nation's largest Protestant denomination, including reaching more people with the Gospel, during its two-day annual meeting in Baltimore beginning Tuesday.
SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page plans to issue a challenge to Southern Baptists to "do more" to reach the world with the Gospel, according to SBC Life, the executive committee's journal website. Page is scheduled to talk about the Great Commission Advance on the first day of the conference, C. Ashley Clayton, EC vice president for Cooperative Program and stewardship, told SBC Life.
"In its most condensed and basic form, Great Commission Advance calls for Southern Baptists to simply 'do more,'" Clayton said. Page is calling on members to participate more in missions at the local, state, national, and international levels. more >>
I dare you to try to find a legitimate Jesus-loving Christian under the age of 30 that doesn't think they are the next best thing since the Apostle Paul. They're going to change the world, don't you know? They're going to be a leading force for change in this generation, haven't you heard? God has placed a call on their life and they know in their heart that He is going to do massive things through them! Cities are going to be turned upside down and evil industries are going to be turned inside out. Ministries are going to be birthed out of their God-given visions and their names will go down in the Christian-Hall-Of-Fame right beside Spurgeon, Lewis and Tozer. Because of what God's going to do through them, the Church will never be the same!
….I hope you pick up on my sarcasm.
Ambition is great. Passion is necessary. But this generation - my generation - has been inundated since Pre-K with the notion that we are superstars. If we ever had any doubt concerning our grand potential to accomplish impossibilities, our parents, teachers, and maybe even our pastors squashed it immediately for the sake of our "self-esteem." more >>
Paul warned Timothy that the "time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths" (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
That warning proved true in Timothy's day, and it has proved true many times since, especially today, when we have a multitude of ear-tickling preachers. How can we recognize them?
We know that deception is very deceiving and that no one is willingly duped. And we know that no one stands up and says, "What I'm teaching is false doctrine meant to deceive and destroy you!" more >>