“Move forward with victory in mind” was the exhortation of Michael Evans, president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT), during his chapel address at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Feb. 20. Preaching from Deuteronomy 20:1-4, wherein God assures the Israelites of their future victory in the Promised Land, Evans encouraged his listeners to face the world today with the same assurance.
During his sermon, Evans, senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas, recalled a recent conversation he had with a student at another seminary. The student asked him, “In this time of chaos and confusion and division, what would you say to us seminarians who are in such despair as it concerns spreading the Gospel?”
Evans smiled and replied, “Are you kidding me? This is our time. We are uniquely placed to boldly go before men and women and to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Perk up. Get ready. Put your armor on. Because it is time to go and fight the good fight of faith.”
Addressing the chapel audience, Evans said, “Those of us who have been called to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you need to get your armor ready, because we are going out to war.”
Evans said that Christians today are called to “compassionately confront the world.”
“If we keep silent in the face of injustice, we then become complacent,” he said. “If we keep silent in the midst of immoral behavior, we then lose our moral direction. If we keep silent and fail to establish rules in our families, our relationships will rot, our communities will crumble, our churches will become meaningless meeting places and mere museums. … We dare confront the world.”
Such confrontation, Evans explained, means first and foremost seeing all human beings as “prospects for salvation.” He further encouraged the chapel audience to live by faith, not by sight, which he termed as living with a “sanctified mind.”
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Source: Baptist Press