Ronnie Floyd, H.B. Charles and David Platt got the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference in Baltimore off to a strong start Sunday evening, with all three delivering messages along the theme of “Show us Your Glory.”
Floyd, who is one of three pastors being nominated for SBC president, is senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas.
“We cannot deny where we are,” Floyd said, referring to the significant drop in baptisms among many Southern Baptist churches. “Would you agree with that? We can’t just look the other way and pretend it will go away. The greatest need in the Southern Baptist Convention is to see a great awakening.”
H.B. Charles, who is pastor-teacher at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., focused his message on some of the negative ways people view the church today.
“Do I pastor a church, or just a collection of individuals,” Charles asked rhetorically. “Unfortunately, there are too many people that view the church that way – a collection of individuals. There was a time when churches viewed themselves as pilgrims on a journey.”
He said today’s church must get back to its mission of being a partner in the fellowship of presenting the gospel.
“Leaning over to reach the world, the church has fallen in,” Charles lamented. “We have to get back to the basics.”
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