Ronnie Floyd: Thank you Dr. Hunt. I would like to ask all the messengers if you would, stand to your feet, to get a copy of the Word of God and look with me at the 28th chapter of the gospel of Matthew. Jesus talked to us in a very special way leaving us his last will and testament, the one thing he really wanted us to be committed to. We find this recorded in Matt. 28:19-20: “Go, therefore, and make disciplesofall nations,baptizingthem in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember,I am with you always,to the end of the age.” May God let that word soak in our hearts today more than ever before in our lives.
We are going to pray and I’m going to ask Dr. Simon Tsoi, Executive Director of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the U.S. and Canada to lead us in this prayer.
Simon Tsoi: Father, by your grace we come to your throne with gratitude. We thank you Father for giving Dr. Johnny Hunt the wisdom to appoint a Great Commission Resurgence Task Force that accomplished the awesome assignment by your grace and for your glory. Father we thank you for Dr. Ronnie Floyd, our chairman, and the team. We pray, Father, as now we present the report to your precious people you’ll grant us your wisdom to do your will in your way. We pray, Father, that you’ll grant us your unity and love as we want to glorify you. Father, when you are glorified, we are gratified, and the lost world gladdened. To that end, we pray in the saving name of your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
(Prayer repeated in Mandarin Chinese)
(Video presented which is archived at http://www.pray4gcr.com/reports/downloads/)
Ronnie Floyd: Every time I see that report in that video it just fires me up because in reality that’s exactly what’s happened in every one of our lives on this stage over this past year. One thousand thank you’s for giving us the privilege of doing what we believe God has called us to do. When I got into this, I had no idea that the greatest change would be the change in my own heart. All I can tell you is, if I could simply unpack this for you for one brief moment, the Lord has changed my life and the Lord has changed my perspective on ministry, and I just give God the glory for it.
After our first meeting where diversity showed up for the first time, one of many times all the way through the end process, I left that meeting and I asked the Lord, “Lord, how are we ever going to get together?” My soul! I didn’t know how it was going to be possible. And I determined that the Lord was leading me that we needed to really understand lostness, that if lostness could not bring us together, my soul, we are dead, dead, dead. We brought in Dr. Jerry Rankin in our second meeting to give to us a picture of lostness and on that day, our journey began towards unity. I could talk about that night when we were at the bottom of the crosses there at the church of <st1:PlaceName