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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, called for a "Great Commission resurgence," a renewed zeal for proclaiming the Gospel similar to the fervor that went into the fight for biblical orthodoxy in recent decades.
During his first presidential address to the SBC Executive Committee in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 22, Hunt quoted Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, who said, "When there was a theological drift, we corrected it. We must now correct our Great Commission drift."
"When you win less people to Jesus, you're drifting from the Great Commission," Hunt said, referring to the mandate Jesus gave His disciples at the end of Matthew 28 and to Southern Baptists' less than ideal baptism numbers.
Hunt also quoted Chuck Lawless, dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth, who said, "We have stood faithfully for a message that we have chosen to keep to ourselves."
As pastor of the Atlanta-area First Baptist Church in Woodstock for 22 years, Hunt said he has learned that whatever is important to the leader is important to the people. As the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, he has set his sights on motivating the multitude to take as many people to heaven with them as possible.
"The Lord has greatly blessed Southern Baptists and our commitment to Him and to His Word and to His mission through the years," Hunt said. "However, we'd love to believe that the best is yet to come. The truth is the best must be yet to come. If not, we have so far missed the major emphasis of what we're all about."
In order to generate a Great Commission resurgence, Hunt said Southern Baptists must have a greater confidence in their message. Read More