The Gospel Coalition’s National Conference in Indianapolis Focuses on Evangelism

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin spoke April 1 at a Gospel Coalition pre-conference on “evangelism for the next generation.” SEBTS photo

Some 7,000 evangelicals gathered around an evangelism theme at The Gospel Coalition’s National Conference April 1-3 in Indianapolis.

Among ancillary sessions was an interview of apologist Sam Allberry hosted by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, at which Allberry addressed recent controversy surrounding Living Out, a ministry co-led by Allberry and offering resources to help Christians “who experience same-sex attraction stay faithful to Biblical teaching on sexual ethics,” according to the Living Out website.

The Gospel Coalition website describes TGC as “a group of pastors and churches in the Reformed tradition that put the gospel of Jesus Christ at the center of all activities.”

In a keynote address on Mark 2:1-12, former International Mission Board President David Platt urged attendees to be faithful in evangelism, including reaching the nations for Christ.

There are “more believers at this conference than among 80 million people in Turkey,” said Platt, pastor of McLean Bible Church in suburban Washington, D.C. He noted the world has 6,000-7,000 unreached people groups. “So let’s go to them with compassionate conviction…. Let’s marshal our resources and commit our resolve to doing whatever it takes to bring them to Jesus.”

H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., addressed personal evangelism based on Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in John 4:1-42. He compared that encounter to Jesus’ conversation with the Pharisee Nicodemus in John 3 and noted the broad scope of God’s saving grace.

Jesus, in John 3, “teaches us there is no one beyond the need of grace,” said Charles, immediate past president of the SBC Pastors’ Conference, while, in John 4, He “teaches us that there is no one beyond the reach of grace.”

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Source: Baptist Press