In just a little more than one week North Carolina Baptists will gather for our (Baptist State) Convention’s 181st annual meeting. This year our theme of “All In” is based on 1 Timothy 2:3-6, which tells us that God wants all people to know Him.
I have been praying for the messengers who are preparing to attend the meeting. I am praying that “All In” will become more than just another meeting theme; I hope it will become the theme of our lives.
Be reminded that Jesus Christ was all in when He died on the cross so our sins could be forgiven. He was all in when He left all of heaven’s glory to humble Himself and come to earth as an infant.
He wants us to reach the whole world with the message of hope; with the message of the gospel. He gave up everything in order that we could have a redemptive message to share. Are you all in? Are you willing to do whatever God asks of you in order that more people will hear the gospel and have an opportunity to respond?
I pray God will use our time in Greensboro to help us truly examine our hearts, repent of sin, abandon the desires of the flesh and radically commit our lives to pursue His will.
There will be multiple opportunities during four theme interpretations to consider what it means to be “All In” for Jesus Christ.
We will also observe four special times of worship through prayer, as different individuals from North Carolina Baptist churches guide us in praying.
There will be a special presentation that I hope you will not miss on Monday evening: Find it Here 2012: Expanding the Kingdom. Find it Here is our three-year emphasis on evangelism, discipleship and missions mobilization.
For the past two years North Carolina Baptists have stepped up and responded to the challenge to become more intentional in evangelism and discipleship, and we have seen God work in extraordinary ways in some of our churches.
During this third year of Find it Here our attention turns to missions mobilization. We pray that every North Carolina Baptist and every North Carolina Baptist church will take another step toward missional living and do more than ever before to impact the spiritual darkness around them and in other places of this world.
You can learn more about Find it Here 2012 by visiting the Find it Here booth in the exhibit hall or attending the Find it Here break out session Tuesday afternoon.
We will have many break out conferences that will address various topics, as well as a host of exhibitors offering great ministry resources. A complete listing of these sessions and exhibitors is available at ncannualmeeting.org.
Much more information about the annual meeting can be found at this website. Take some time to visit the site and make your plans. I hope to see you in Greensboro.