Hebrews 1:3 promises believers that Jesus Christ is always “sustaining all things by his powerful word,” which is a wonderful reminder of the awesome power of Jesus Christ. So powerful is His word that the physical universe is dependent upon it for survival. Not only does Jesus Christ sustain the universe through His spoken word, He also provides spiritual power to Christians through the Bible, His written word.
At every level of existence believers are sustained by His powerful word, and that profound truth is the theme of this year’s North Carolina Baptist Pastor’s Conference.
The two-day conference will be held Nov. 6-7 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro in conjunction with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Annual Meeting.
As in years past, great Bible expositors from within North Carolina and across the United States will speak at this year’s event.
Bobby Blanton, conference president and pastor of Lake Norman Baptist Church in Huntersville, said the theme has been the driving force behind all his preparations for the conference.
“I have confidence that the messages preached by the outstanding servants of God in this year’s conference will reflect the Holy Spirit’s desire to make application to the pastors attending in whatever their particular circumstance,” Blanton said.
“I’m hopeful that they will be challenged in areas needing addressing, while at the same time encouraged and sustained in areas of difficulty that they may be wrestling with in ministry.”
This year’s line-up of speakers includes:
- Logan Carson, distinguished professor of Christian theology (Ret.), The College at Southeastern, Wake Forest
- Greg Mathis, senior pastor, Mud Creek Baptist Church, Hendersonville
- Lee Pigg, senior pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Monroe
- Clayton King, founder and president, Crossroads Worldwide, _ÑŒShelby
- Larry Wynn, vice president of evangelism, North American Mission Board, Alpharetta, Ga.
- John Bisagno, pastor emeritus, First Baptist Church, Houston, Texas
- David Dykes, senior pastor, Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas
In addition to the various messages from God’s Word, the conference will feature a question and answer session that Blanton designed with younger pastors in mind.
“This is an opportunity to give our younger leaders some practical insights in ministry from two experienced pastors who have been there and done that,” he said.
Bisagno and Wynn, who have more than 68 years of combined experience in full-time pastoral ministry, will field questions from the audience during the session.
More than anything, Blanton prays the conference is a blessing and encouragement to all who attend, regardless of age or experience.
“The pastors who attend this conference often find themselves wrestling with a variety of emotions and issues that make them hungry to hear a sustaining word,” he said.
“I know that personally, whatever my particular situation at the time, God has used this conference through the years to teach me and to strengthen my relationship with Him. I pray that we will be challenged to desire more of God’s Word and to know Him more through His Word.”
The conference begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, and ends at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. For more information on the conference visit ncannualmeeting.org; click on Information and Pastor’s Conference.