Ronnie Floyd Calls on All Christians to ‘Spread the Gospel Seed’

Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, tells the congregation of at First Baptist Church Trussville, Ala., June 9, “The future of your church will be determined by one thing: Your effectiveness and success in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in this city and with Metro Birmingham.” Photo by Matt Miller

Evangelism is the commanded and authorized work of each Christian and church, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd preached at First Baptist Church of Trussville, Ala. June 9.

“Spreading the Gospel is what each Christian is to do, wherever they are, whatever our vocation is, or your location, your age or your stage of life,” Floyd told 9:15 a.m. worshipers in advance of the 2019 SBC Annual Meeting in nearby Birmingham. “That is what each Christian is to do and that’s what Jesus tells us to do.

“Christian leaders, Christian men and women, Christian teenagers, Christian children, Christian small groups, Christian choirs, Christian mission efforts, everything we do, whether it’s disaster relief or whatever it may be, we’re to all do the work of an evangelist,” he said, referencing 2 Timothy 4:5. “Spreading the Gospel is the work of the evangelist…. They’re like a farmer who spreads the seed. We spread the Gospel seed, if you may.”

Floyd defined the Gospel with 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.

“So if you want to know what it takes for somebody to come to Christ here’s what it is,” he said. “They have to believe that Christ died for my sin, and they have to believe that Christ was buried, and they’ve got to believe that He Who was not standing on His own feet was made alive one day, and He rose from the dead on the third day, and He overcame death, hell and the grave, and His name is Jesus Christ.

“And because He overcame death, hell and the grave,” Floyd said, “when we open our hearts to Him and we express faith and trust in Him, we receive Christ in our lives.”

Acts 1:8 and the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 both command and authorize individual evangelism for every Christian, regardless of whether they’re called to fill the office of an evangelist.

“I believe this firmly: every person needs Jesus and every person needs Jesus now,” Floyd said. “With that urgency is the way we have to operate our lives.”

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Source: Baptist Press