Save the Date

By the grace of God and with the doctor’s permission I made the trip to St. Louis for the Southern Baptist Convention. Although my strength is not 100 percent yet, I am grateful for the opportunity to have been with my fellow Baptists from across the nation. This year was the most unusual convention I have ever attended. You will find coverage in the TEXAN about the interesting events in St. Louis. Now, let me turn your attention to the SBTC. This fall I am praying for a supernatural gathering of believers in Texas. You will want to save the date.

I encourage you to be present at the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention this Nov. 14-15 at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin. SBTC President Nathan Lino is working with the Committee on Order of Business to produce a Christ-honoring experience for all of us. Pastor Lino will bring the president’s address on Monday night. Various Texas leaders will speak throughout the two days. The music worship will encourage you. Testimonies of God’s work will thrill you. Most of the business will transpire in the Tuesday afternoon session. Our ministry together in Texas is worth your time. Save the date.

I’m excited to share with you that Tuesday night has been set aside as a monumental time of gathering for God’s people. On November 15th SBTC is inviting the Austin Prayer Network to join us in the evening session. This is an inter-denominational group that meets regularly in Austin to pray for spiritual awakening and renewal. Hyde Park Baptist Church Pastor Kie Bowman is coordinating the prayer meeting with the SBTC staff. A music worship team will help us to prepare our hearts for God’s Word. The convention message will be delivered by Houston’s First Baptist Church Pastor Gregg Matte. Gregg has God’s anointing on his ministry. You will want to hear the message he has for us. This night could change everything for your church. Save the date so you can experience this night with other believers.                   

“The Holy Spirit, Zechariah 4:6” is the theme for the 2016 Annual Meeting. I am thrilled we are focusing on the third person of the Trinity. We all need a fresh breath from heaven. We have the power available to us to be witnesses. We have to turn on the power switch. This year could be a difference maker for every person present. Texas churches need an out-pouring of the Holy Spirit. Churches would be revived. If a supernatural work of God’s Spirit were to happen, the gospel would be unleashed in a new way across our state. We do not need another Pentecost or a second blessing. We simply need to seek the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives. Be in Austin this fall. Save the date. 

If you have never attended a SBTC Annual Meeting I’m asking that you plan on being present for this one. If you have never brought fellow church members with you, this is the year to enlist them. Join with us Nov. 14-15 as we worship, hear the Word and pray together. It’s important that you save the date. 

Executive Director Emeritus
Jim Richards
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
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