Next week the Southern Baptist Convention will gather for our 164th annual meeting. It is always a special time when our convention comes together each June for this two-day family meeting. This is our first annual gathering in California in more than 40 years, and I am deeply grateful for the hard work and hospitality of so many of our fellow Baptists out here on the West Coast to make this meeting possible.
Many things have transpired within our convention and in our world since we gathered in Nashville one year ago. Shortly after I was elected at last year’s annual meeting, God began to impress a theme upon my heart for this convention. I believe, more strongly now than ever, our aim as Southern Baptists must be to make Jesus the center of it all.
I had walked with God for many years before I learned what it means to place Jesus at the center of it all. As a young pastor and church planter, I experienced God’s abundant blessings on my life and ministry. He had blessed me with a wonderful wife and a growing family. I was privileged to shepherd a thriving church. And I was being given many opportunities to use the gifts God had given me in ways I had dreamed about since I was preparing for ministry at Southwestern Seminary.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press, Ed Litton