Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. So it is to be. Amen. (Revelation 1:7)
“When Time is No More” will be the theme of the 2008 SBTC Empower Evangelism Conference scheduled Feb. 4-6 at First Baptist Church in Euless. The theme verse, Revelation 1:7, speaks of Jesus Christ’s glorious return to Earth and the consummation of history.
“I chose Revelation 1:7 because it proclaims the second coming of Jesus clearly and definitely,” Don Cass, director of evangelism, told the SBTC missions magazine, Crossroads. “And that’s why I named the conference ‘When Time is No More.’ We want to reinforce the urgency of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
This year’s conference will include a lineup of speakers from pastors to evangelists to seminary professors preaching on topics related to the time that Christ returns for his church.
The Spanish-language session will begin with the Monday morning session (Feb. 4) at The West Campus of FBC Euless. A women’s conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4, as well as the Conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists. Women’s speakers will include June Hunt of the “Hope for the Heart” radio program.
The 6:30 Monday night session will feature Ergun Caner, president of Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va., and a former Muslim; Memphis, Tenn., pastor Bob Pitman; and Interstate Batteries CEO Norm Miller.
Musicians will include longtime music leader and SBTC evangelism consultant John McKay, Texas-based Shiloh; the Annie Moses Band of Nashville, and musicians from Glenview and Travis Avenue Baptist churches in Fort Worth, The Church on Rush Creek in Arlington; Colonial Hills and Friendly Baptist Churches, both located in Tyler; and Chuck Sullivan, music evangelist from Grayson, Ga.
Tuesday morning’s 8:30 session will feature Sagemont Church of Houston pastor John Morgan, New Orleans Seminary professor Preston Nix and Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Tuesday afternoon’s session will include longtime Amarillo pastor Stan Coffey, John Meador, pastor of First Baptist Church of Euless, and Len Turner, a vocational evangelist from Woodstock, Ga., and a former pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church, Weatherford.
The conference continues Tuesday evening with Claude Cone, executive director of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, and Herb Reavis Jr., pastor of North Jacksonville Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla.
Wednesday morning’s session begins at 8:45 and features Bailey Stone of Allen, a retired evangelism director of the BGCT; Keller-based evangelist Michael Gott; evangelist David Ring of Franklin, Tenn.; John Moldovan, associate dean for doctoral programs at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Sermon topics throughout the conference will include “God’s Last Invitation,” “A Portrait of Jesus.” “The Marriage Supper of the Lamb,” and “The New Heaven and a New Earth.”
The senior adult choir of Travis Avenue Baptist Church will sing Wednesday morning, along with Sullivan and Shiloh.
The annual Cooperative Program Luncheon Feb. 5 will be held between sessions on the West Campus. Keynote speaker will be former Florida pastor and SBC president Bobby Welch, now the SBC’s Strategist for Global Evangelical Relations. Registration must be made in advance for tickets to the luncheon, which is usually a sell-out.
A Senior Adult luncheon on Wednesday afternoon will include the Annie Moses Band and keynote speaker Charles Lowery, a humorist and president and CEO of Lowery Institute for Excellence.
Tickets for the CP Luncheon and the Senior Adult Luncheon are available by visiting sbtexas.com/empower or calling 817-552-2500.
“It is my prayer that God will use this conference to create urgency and brokenness in all our lives, and that those attending will return to their cities, towns and rural communities determined to let God use them in their neighborhoods, telling families and friends about Jesus,” Cass said.
“I want every person to believe the gospel is good news?but only if you hear it in time. Jesus is coming again and it may be soon.”