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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--"Getting serious doesn't mean you adopt something," Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt said in his presidential message June 23 at the Southern Baptist Convention in Louisville, Ky.
Anticipating discussion on his call for a task force to study how Southern Baptists can more effectively serve Christ through the Great Commission, Hunt asked pastors to recognize "there's gold in them there pews," and to gain a vision for what God's people can do if yielded to Him.
"Talk is cheap. So we're not here to get anything adopted," Hunt insisted during the SBC's opening session. Instead, he said, "It's about all of us starting with the local church, [and] taking a look to see if we're doing the best we've ever done in our lifetime to fulfill the Great Commission."
Hunt, pastor of the Atlanta-area First Baptist Church in Woodstock, expressed gratitude to God for "men of wisdom" who offered advice following his April 27 release of a Great Commission Resurgence document. "I take to heart so much you shared with me," he said, referring to input from seminary presidents, the SBC Executive Committee president, state convention executive directors and leading pastors.
"When it comes right down to it, you have to get on your face before Almighty God and ask, 'What in the world am I doing in attempting to lead this convention for such a time as this? Is there an assignment from heaven that God has placed me here [for]?'" Hunt said.
With that mandate in mind, Hunt delivered an exposition of 2 Chronicles 7, weaving into his address key questions he said pastors and laymen should ask themselves about their ministries and mission.
Hunt pled for a Great Commission resurgence that begins in the pulpits of more than 44,000 local Southern Baptist churches and filters through local associations, state conventions and national entities to reach the world for Christ.
"We will have to give an account for what we have done with what God has given us," Hunt said in laying out the challenge for every Christian.
Reminding messengers of God's promise to hear the prayers of believers as noted in verse 12, Hunt appealed for perception that moves Christian believers to compassion. Read More