A “Great Commission Resurgence” in the Southern Baptist Convention is the “one thing” that has been the focus his presidency, Johnny Hunt said in an interview reflecting on his two years as the SBC’s top elected leader.
Although Hunt hopes and believes SBC messengers in Orlando will affirm the report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, the outcome of the vote is less important than is a renewed commitment among Southern Baptists to fulfilling Jesus’ missionary mandate.
“It’s really about the Great Commission, not about the report,” Hunt said.
“I hope we’ll address the Convention and review the report from the perspective that it’s not about us and it’s not even about our Convention. It’s not about who wins, who loses. It’s about will we penetrate darkness and lostness with greater urgency, greater efficiency, greater fervency than ever before because the world’s waiting,” Hunt said.
Hunt spoke about GCR and reflected on his two years as SBC president in a May 18 interview with Florida Baptist Witness at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga, the church he has pastored 24 years.
For those who oppose the GCRTF report, Hunt is careful to note their opposition is not a rejection of the Great Commission. “It’s a vote against the way they see best to penetrate darkness,” he said.
Still, Hunt is convinced the GCRTF report is what’s best for Southern Baptists—and believes SBC messengers will affirm its vision in Orlando, rejecting any attempts at delay.
“If there’s something we know we need to do, the last thing we need to do is to think about how far in the future we can put it off,” Hunt said.
The GCRTF report comes a year after the SBC voted overwhelmingly to authorize Hunt to appoint a committee to study how Southern Baptists can work “more faithfully and effectively together in serving Christ through the Great Commission.”
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