SHERWOOD – Fred Luter, senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, La., and president of the Southern Baptist Convention, based his message in Romans 1:16-17 and spoke on four aspects of the transforming power of the gospel, Jan. 22 during the closing session of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention 2013 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth at First Baptist Church, Sherwood.
Referencing the first part of Romans 1:16, Luter said the gospel is personal. Secondly, he said the second part of the verse points to the power of the gospel. Thirdly, the end of the verse says the gospel is practical, meaning anyone from any background can accept Christ. Finally, he said verse 17 shows that the gospel is persistent.
Luter addressed the audience, asking, If God changed each of them, then why couldn’t He change the culture?
He said there are a lot of things he is ashamed of – such as the prevalence of racism and the number of abortions and drive by shootings, among other things – but there is something he isn’t ashamed of – the gospel of Christ.