2014 SBC ANNUAL MEETING
J.D. Greear and Alex Himaya spoke during the Monday afternoon session of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference in Baltimore.
Greear talked about the importance and power of the Holy Spirit in helping the church reach people who are lost in post-Christian America.
He said churches should start focusing on their “sending” ability and not just “seating” capacity as a sign of their health and success going forward.
Greear also said it is going to get harder and harder to get non-Christians into our churches, so reaching people apart from church events and official evangelism opportunities is going to become more important.
Himaya, the founding and senior pastor of The Church at BattleCreek in Tulsa, Okla., was called upon to substitute for Tony Evans, who could not get out of Dallas on Monday because bad weather caused his flight to be canceled.
Himaya told those in attendance that churches have made envangelism too complicated.
“I know we’ve heard a lot of statistics, and things about how our denomination is dying,” Himaya said. “But I just want to say: ‘I’ve read the end of the Book, and we win!’ ”
Later, he added: “In the end, when we kick the devil in the teeth, we win by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.”
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