AUSTIN In planning for this year’s annual meeting, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention President Nathan Lino wanted the sermons preached during the event to not only be inspiring but also instructive.
Since the meeting’s theme is “The Holy Spirit,” Lino chose for the six messages to work sequentially, systematically through Romans 8, and he enlisted David Allen, dean of the Southwestern Seminary’s School of Preaching, to analyze the chapter in Greek and then break it up into six sections. These sections will be preached expositionally in order throughout the two-day meeing, Nov. 14-15, at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin. Lino noted that not only will these sermons be timely and encouraging, but they will also give pastors the foundation for a six-part series on the Holy Spirit through Romans 8.
“I’m fired up about the Romans 8 preaching relay team after our preparation meeting with David Allen,” Lino told the TEXAN. “I was excited about it conceptually before, but now that the six preachers have met and I saw their insights and enthusiasm, I think it will be a significant time in the life of our convention. You will not want to miss it.”
On Monday evening, Southwestern Seminary preaching professor Steven Smith will deliver a biblical exposition on Romans 8:1-8. Later that evening, Lino, pastor of Northeast Houston Baptist Church, will preach from Romans 8:9-11 in his president’s address.
On Tuesday morning, Chris Osborne, pastor of Central Baptist Church in College Station will deliver a biblical exposition from Romans 8:12-17, and SBTC Executive Director Jim Richards will preach from Romans 8:18-27. That afternoon, SBTC Vice President Dante Wright, who pastors Sweet Home Baptist Church in Round Rock, will focus his sermon on Romans 8:28-30.
During the final session of the annual meeting Tuesday evening, Gregg Matte, pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church, will deliver the convention sermon as he preaches expositionally from Romans 8:31-39.