The 2009 Southern Baptist Covention in Louisville makes my third convention attended as a messenger. I attended previous conventions hosted in Greensboro 06 and San Antonio 07. I left this convention more optimistic about the future of the SBC. But vastly more important for my ministry as a local church pastor is the way my heart is now aflame for fulfilling the Great Commission.
If I could point to one single moment at the convention that so captured my soul, it was the sermon preached by David Platt at the Pastor’s Conference on Monday. All I could do was pray that God would give me a brokeness for the lost and that God would continually burden my soul non-Christians.
Specifically, this message has spurred me to lead the local church I pastor to think more about what we can do to reach the lost by giving more money to the cause, become involved in church planting, and by implementing annual international mission trips.
The story Daniel Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, told about the 12 and 13 year old girls prostituting themselves in Thailand along with those spoken by Platt have me disastified with my own personal efforts to make Jesus Christ known. God has given me 31 years and I have wasted so much of it. I do not want to waste anymore of it. I do not know how many more God will grant.
I hope the sermon will be eventually made available for free, but for know if you desire to hear the Platt sermon, you can order the DVD or CD for $9.oo. It’s worth the price and then some.