Royston calls N.C. Baptists to prayer, risks
November 15 2002 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

Royston calls N.C. Baptists to prayer, risks | Friday, Nov 15, 2002

Friday, Nov 15, 2002

Royston calls N.C. Baptists to prayer, risks

By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor

WINSTON-SALEM - N.C. Baptists must pray and take risks to reach the state for Christ, the head of the Baptist State Convention (BSC) said.

Jim Royston, the BSC executive director-treasurer, spoke to messengers at the BSC annual meeting on Nov. 12.

"I want you to think with me what would happen in a prayed-for, shared-with North Carolina," he said.

Royston said every great spiritual awakening in history started with prayer.

"I believe with all my heart that hundreds of thousands could come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, if this band of Baptist believers joined in prayer," he said.

Royston said missions and ministry bind N.C. Baptists together.

"We have defied the odds to stay together and work together," he said.

Royston said his first five years as head of the BSC have convinced him of the need for revival among N.C. Baptists.

Now is not the time for business as usual, he said, emphasizing the need of risk-taking.

Royston said that if current trends continue, Catholics could outnumber Baptists in North Carolina within 10 years.

"It wouldn't be the worst thing that happened in North Carolina, but I can tell you it's not the future I envision for North Carolina," he said.

Royston talked about the risks taken by Peter, a Jew, when he baptized Cornelius, a Gentile, in Acts 10.

"Peter was called down to the first Baptist Faith and Message meeting, excuse me, the first Jerusalem Council," he said.

The gospel never changes, but the world is changing, Royston said.

"The things we used to do are good, but they may not be the best anymore," he said. "I can tell you that if we continue to talk about why we're different and how we're different politically and theologically, we'll be pretty much out of business in 20 years."

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