“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” ?Ephesians 1:13-14
EULESS?”Empowered: The Holy Spirit in You,” based on Ephesians 1:13-14, is the theme for the 2009 Empower Evangelism Conference, scheduled Feb. 16-18 at First Baptist Church of Euless. The annual SBTC event will feature notable preachers such as John Bisagno and Jonathan Falwell as well as renowned country/bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs and popular author and Christian apologist Lee Strobel.
“The Empower Evangelism Conference is designed with the prayerful intent that God would revive our love and zeal for our Savior and for the people for whom Jesus came to seek and save,” explained SBTC Evangelism Director Don Cass. “The theme, ‘The Holy Spirit in You,’ based on Ephesians 1:13-14, reminds us of our identity and the guarantee because of the Holy Spirit in us, of our redemption and inheritance promised through Jesus Christ.
“It is my prayer that God will use this conference to begin the awakening so many of us have been praying for. If you miss a single session you may miss experiencing God’s explosion of power and a special word from him just for you. I urge you to be present for every session.”
The women’s session will begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, and will include speakers Rhonda Kelley, wife of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley; Mary Jo Sharp, a NAMB certified apologetics instructor; Jan Silvious, a popular women’s speaker and former co-host with Kay Arthur of the “Precepts Live” radio program; and musician and speaker Dawn Smith-Jordan.
In addition to Bisagno, Falwell and Strobel, conference preachers will be Sammy Gilbreath; Will Graham; Don Harms; Robert Jeffress; Fred Luter; Jimmy Pritchard; Ed Stetzer; Jerry Spencer; and Jerry Vines (see bios on next page). In addition to Skaggs, other musicians include Charles Billingsley, The Booth Brothers; Curtis Brewer; Philip Griffin; and John McKay. Dramatist Clyde Annandale will also bring Bible characters to life through his award-winning acting. Annandale played King David for Benjamin Netanyauh at the 50th anniversary of the statehood of Israel.
For more information on the Empower Evangelism Conference, visit the website sbtexas.com/evangelism or call the SBTC’s evangelism department at 817-552-2500 or toll-free at 877-953-7282 (SBTC).