Ronnie Floyd has his heart set on seeing Southern Baptists come together in “explicit agreement, visible union and extraordinary prayer” for the next Great Awakening of the United States of America.
As the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the pastor of the multi-campus Cross Church in northwest Arkansas voiced his conviction in a news conference June 10 that the nation is overdue for “a great movement of the Lord.”
A key focus for Floyd in the past year has been leading gatherings of pastors to pray for spiritual awakening. “I want to see revival come to the church of Jesus Christ,” he said, “so that America would be awakened with a powerful God consciousness where great numbers come to faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior.”
Floyd said he will speak to Southern Baptists each Monday through a weekly blog and recount his travels on Twitter and Instagram.
“Wherever I go I want to help tell the story of what God is doing across North America and the world,” Floyd said. Through a Web-based relationship, he said he will call the entire denomination to pray for spiritual awakening. More than 100 years have passed since the country has had such an experience, he noted.
In addition to praying for thousands to come to faith in Jesus Christ, Floyd said he believes the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 will be “accelerated to completion in this generation.”
“One of the things that literally placed me on a different trajectory of my life was the extreme lostness of the United States and the world,” Floyd said, reflecting on the impact of chairing the SBC’s Great Commission Resurgence Task Force from 2009-10.
Voicing his love for the Southern Baptist Convention, Floyd spoke of the 10,000 missionaries serving in North America and around the world who are “committed to discipleship, evangelism and planting Gospel churches.” He cited the 16,000 ministers and missionaries being prepared in the six “conservative seminaries who are committed to biblical inerrancy,” along with the 50,000 churches and missions in the convention, 1,100 Baptist associations, 42 state conventions and 12 entities all coming together for the single purpose of reaching the world for Jesus Christ.
“That’s who we are — and how can we not be excited?”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Tammi Reed Ledbetter