Call to prayer in Columbus
    June 30 2015 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    In all of the 34 years that I have had the privilege of attending the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting, I have not experienced anything like the national call to prayer for spiritual awakening that took place at this year’s meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
    In the months leading up to the meeting, SBC president Ronnie Floyd had called on Southern Baptists to be in earnest prayer for revival in America.
    This call to prayer culminated in Columbus with Floyd devoting an entire session of this year’s convention for attendees to pray for the next Great Awakening in America and to reach the world for Christ.
    For more than two-and-a-half hours, Floyd and other leaders from across the SBC led all those in attendance in a time of guided worship and prayer.
    Words cannot adequately express the overwhelming sense of God’s power and presence that was on display during that June 16 evening session. The image of thousands of messengers on their knees, on their faces, huddled in groups or lying prostrate before the Lord crying out to Him from all across the floor of the Columbus Convention Center is a scene that I will never forget.
    What a special joy it was to see several North Carolina Baptists participate in this historic event in the life of the SBC.
    Timmy Chavis, Native American pastor of Bear Swamp Baptist Church in the Burnt Swamp Association, was one of a small number of pastors invited to speak from the stage and pray for unity and Christ-like love within the ethnic diversity represented in the body of Christ. I was honored that Brother Timmy asked me to be among those that joined him on stage for that special time of prayer.
    J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, and Clint Pressley, pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, were also among the individuals from North Carolina who led or voiced prayers during the session.
    J.D. and Clint also preached during the annual SBC Pastors’ Conference, held prior to the SBC annual meeting. Clint also represented our state well in carrying out his duties as the convention’s first vice president. While Timmy, J.D. and Clint served in prominent roles at this year’s SBC meeting, I was also pleased to see many other North Carolina Baptists, including our state convention president, Timmy Blair, participating in the work that takes place during the SBC’s annual meeting.
    The 2015 SBC meeting theme of Great Awakening permeated every aspect of this year’s meeting. Floyd and everyone who led the messengers before the throne of grace that night reminded us that throughout the Bible and throughout history there has been no great movement of God that was not first preceded by a season of extraordinary prayer on the part of God’s people. I challenge all North Carolina Baptists to pray earnestly for spiritual awakening to occur in our state and nation as we seek to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Pastors, please lead your people to practice extraordinary prayer and expect God to do great and mighty things.
    Call unto me and I will show you great and mighty things” – Jeremiah 33:3

    6/30/2015 11:33:02 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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