Theme for 2017 SBC Meeting Is ‘Pray! For Such a Time as This’


“Pray! For such a time as this” is the theme for the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 13–14 in Phoenix, anchored by Esther 4:14 and Luke 11:1, SBC President Steve Gaines has announced.

Prayer should be the top priority of every Christian, Gaines said in an interview outlining his choice.

“The Southern Baptist Convention needs to be a people of prayer,” Gaines said in the interview with SBC LIFE, journal of the SBC. “Only then will God send the power we need to fulfill the Great Commission.”

He described the accompanying Scripture choices as both personal and divine.

“Esther 4 is the text God used to allow my name to be presented as a candidate for SBC president,” said Gaines, elected to the post at the 2016 annual meeting in St. Louis. “Luke 11 records the only thing Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them — how to pray.”

Prayer seeking revival and spiritual awakening will be the focus of the June 13 evening session of the annual meeting, Gaines said.

“I want to encourage all of us to pray for spiritual awakening across the Southern Baptist Convention,” he said. “I also want to pray that we will be a soul-winning denomination — to really tell people about Jesus Christ.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Diana Chandler