Greear: 'Gospel Above All' SBC theme worth repeating
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- The Gospel stands in 2020 as the focus of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting June 9-10 in Orlando, Fla., with the theme, "Gospel Above All. Always."
"I know it is unusual for us to have the same theme two years in a row," Greear told Baptist Press after the meeting, "but I believe this is what the Spirit of God is saying to this generation of Southern Baptists. With regards to our identity, our mission, and our priorities, the Gospel must be above all."
Repetition can be beneficial, said Greear, pastor of The Summit Church, a multisite congregation in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area.
"Most pastors know that when we are sick of saying something," Greear said, "our leaders have 'just heard' it, and when they are sick of hearing it, the congregation usually is 'hearing it' for the first time!"
The annual meeting Scripture, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, also remains from 2019. The Scripture and theme will hopefully influence Southern Baptist culture, Greear said, echoing a principle Floyd has also promoted.
Floyd has promoted a Gospel culture among Southern Baptists since his election as SBC EC president in April.
As Floyd told a group of Southern Baptist pastors and leaders in Atlanta Aug. 1-2, "I believe one of the greatest issues we've had in the last decade of Southern Baptist life is our culture; the way we talk with one another, the way we treat one another, the way we respect one another.... Quite honestly, we need to develop a deep, spiritual culture."
The 2020 annual meeting will be the 175th such gathering of Southern Baptists.