|Fish focuses on Jesus|
Roy Fish, evangelism professor at Southwestern Seminary for 40 years, reminded the SBC Pastors' Conference that "Jesus was the message hot on the lips of the apostles," in his June 20 message to the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 20. Photo by Van Payne
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--If a minister of the Gospel truly wants to see a great harvest of souls, there must be no place where he is unwilling to go for God, Pastor Johnny Hunt said June 20 at the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference.
Although many say they will go wherever God leads, Hunt, who pastors the Atlanta-area First Baptist Church in Woodstock, said he wondered if that is really the case.
"Why is it that no one ever says, 'Who's going to the unlikely places?'" Hunt asked, noting that, instead, many people only talk about filling the most prominent pulpits in the best parts of town. "I'm telling you, God's the God of the unknown places.... Is there anybody here who maybe God is calling to the wrong side of the tracks?"
|Moore delineates the issue|
Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore tells the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference that "the acknowledgement of God" is the central issue he has waged in his Ten Commandments battles. Photo by Van Payne
In reality, Hunt said, the right position of one's heart is more important than the "right" location of one's church. A heart committed to following God's guidance and dedicated to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ will result in a life that God will use and bless.
Other notable speakers who addressed the afternoon and evening sessions of the Pastors' Conference included Adrian Rogers, Judge Roy Moore, Roy Fish, Jerry Falwell and Jerry Tidwell.
Rogers, retired pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church and president of Love Worth Finding Ministries in Cordova, Tenn., told pastors that no person that is too small for God to use.
Drawing from the biblical story of Gideon, Rogers, a former SBC president, noted that God called Gideon "not for what he was but for what God could make out of him." Read More