Four years ago messengers gathered in Amarillo for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. It was the first time to have the annual meeting in West Texas. We are going back west. This time it is to Lubbock on Oct. 26-27. Excitement is building for one of the most unusual events SBTC has ever had.
On Tuesday night of the annual meeting, Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., and president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will bring an evangelistic message in the theater of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Area churches will provide a combined choir to bring a powerful musical presentation. At the conclusion of worship an invitation will be extended for people to come to Christ. Under the same roof in the exhibit hall, Team Impact will be giving a display of physical strength and spiritual truth. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young people will be attending. We are asking God to give us the joy of seeing many people come to Jesus. There is no greater way to close out an SBTC annual meeting than seeing people come to know Christ.
If an outpouring of God’s spirit on Lubbock is to happen, there must be intercessory prayer. Even if you are not attending the convention, you can have a part in uplifting the name of Jesus through prayer. October 7 is set as a Day of Fasting and Prayer. Please join us in asking God to show himself mighty. If you can participate in person, be on hand to distribute material at the Texas Tech-Texas A&M football game Saturday, Oct. 24. This is our Crossover Lubbock Day.
The Bible Conference starts on Sunday night at Southcrest Baptist Church. The Monday morning, lunch and afternoon sessions will be at the Civic Center. During the annual meeting, which starts Monday night, Bob Pearle and Byron McWilliams will bring messages. Other preachers, singers and persons sharing testimonies will provide a worshipful atmosphere while we take care of a little business on the side.
Remember, Tuesday night is the highlight with an outreach to those who need to know our Lord and Savior. This could be the greatest annual meeting in the history of state conventions. Plan to be a part of this incredible possibility. Pray that God will be pleased to visit us in a special way. I hope to see you in Lubbock.