Wednesday
Jan232013

Fred Luter: Four aspects of the gospel

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.

LuterReferencing 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.

Tuesday
Jan222013

Robert Smith: ‘God is always on His throne’

SHERWOOD – Preaching from Joshua 1:1-9 and other passages, Robert Smith, professor of Christian preaching at Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Ala., encouraged leaders attending the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth to “be strong and courageous” as they seek to share the gospel. 

SmithPrior to delivering his message, Smith thanked the convention for inviting him to be a part of the state evangelism conference, "What a privilege it is to be a child of God. To know that you have been born twice and you only have to die once." 

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Tuesday
Jan222013

Tippit: ‘Prayer must be the priority of today's church’  

SHERWOOD – Prayer is the most important thing we can do in our churches, Sammy Tippit, evangelist and author told a group of pastors and others Monday gathered for a conference on prayer prior to the start of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention 2013 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth at First Baptist Church, Sherwood.

Tippit"We can do all kinds of things, but when God does something it's all together different," Tippit said of the importance of prayer in the church, adding “The only thing that will dispel the darkness in our country is Jesus Christ. We need to learn how to pray for our families.” 

 

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Tuesday
Jan222013

Burton: "Be salt and light"

BurtonSHERWOOD – David Burton, evangelism team leader for the Florida Baptist Convention, spoke on Matthew 5:13-16, encouraging audience members to be salt and light, during the evening session of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention 2013 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth held Jan. 21 at First Baptist Church, Sherwood.

Reminding those in attendance that no one is promised tomorrow, Burton spoke of the “need to be ready.”

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Tuesday
Jan222013

John 3:16 - Tolar shares greatest sentence ever read

SHERWOOD – Bill Tolar, retired distinguished professor of biblical backgrounds at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke on what he deems the greatest sentence he has ever read – John 3:16 – during the afternoon session of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention 2013 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth held Jan. 21 at First Baptist Church, Sherwood.

TolarTolar explained that while he was teaching at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, he would ask students what they would consider to be the greatest sentence they had ever read. He received answers ranging from sentences in the Gettysburg Address to sentences from Shakespeare’s plays.

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