Southern Baptist Convention ~ June 12-15, 2016 ~ Part 11

Southern Baptist Convention   ~   June  14, 2016    ~    St. Louis

President’s Address:  Ronnie Floyd

Paul Ryan (Speaker of the House):  “The stakes could not be higher.”

Theme: Racism

Message:  The Stakes Are High – God gave Ronnie this message after twenty one days of fasting and prayer.  In the midst of terrorism, we have called 1,000 missionaries home.

We want to save a gorilla and murder babies.  Gay marriages are accepted.  Rainbow colors fly over the White House.  Our religious liberties in America are at stake.  The Israelites were taken to Babylon.

Esther 4:13-17

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

We are here at the right time to accomplish the purposes of God.

If Satan cannot get us to do the wrong thing, he will get us to do the right thing in the wrong way.  Both are sin.

America is in a crisis.  We face either an awakening, or falling into an abyss.  America is in an economic, relational and racial crisis.  “All men are created equal.”  Declaration of Independence.  Dread Scott Decision.

1)Now is the time for Southern Baptists to come together.

John 17:21 King James Version (KJV)

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

2)Now is the time for Southern Baptists to lead.  Structures are needed to support the work of the church.

3)Now is the time for Southern Baptists to evangelize.  Evangelism is the main thing, but is dying in our denomination and churches.

4)Now is the time for Southern Baptist to give.  Cooperative Program (CP).

5)Now is the time for Southern Baptists to prayer.  We are meeting to pray tonight.  Acts 4:31  “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

Bring prayer back to the schools, but also bring it back to the church!  9/11/01  2996 people were killed, 6,000 were injured.  We need 1)prayer and a 2)great awakening.

Jeremiah 7:28   “But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.”  -We do not want to be this nation.  Ronnie Floyd closed the message with an altar call for pastoral commitment.

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Jerry Young spoke on A National Conversation On Racial Unity in America.  He referred to the recent tragedy in South Carolina.  Racism is a sin problem.  We are salt and light.  We are contaminated salt and concealed light.  We need to press the salt and turn on the lights.  The one who murdered nine in Charleston wanted to create fear and terror – but he went to the wrong place – to church.  “Love is greater than hate.”  Marshall Blalock

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