SBC 2001 Annual Meeting

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"So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Put this money to work,' he said. 'until I come back.'" - Luke 19:13

A rich harvest for the partners
Often overlooked at the SBC Annual Meetings are the extensive efforts given to reaching the lost in the cities where our meetings take place. In spite of the generous rainfall during our meeting time, so many were faithful to the Great Commission call to share the message of Christ and His love.

As a result of these efforts in His name, over 1,300 people came to know Christ as their personal Savior. 336 received Christ through the Block Parties, 37 through door-to-door contacts, 694 came to a saving knowledge of our Lord through the ICE teams four-day, inner city effort, 186 were reached through personal contacts with individual messengers, and 95 accepted Christ through the Evangelism Response Center phone contacts.

Praise Jesus for a plentiful harvest of 1,348 souls for the Kingdom! In addition to this, 175 prospects were discovered for the local churches. Our sincere thanks to all who prayed, shared Christ, and encouraged those who were on the front lines. Let's start right now by putting the 2002 Annual Meeting in St. Louis on our prayer list. Come and join in God's harvest!

Merritt issues call to arms in defense of family, souls
In his address before the Southern Baptist Convention meeting at the Louisiana Superdome, SBC President James Merritt urged the 16- million-member denomination to make sure they fight the right battles.

"There are battles raging outside of this arena, and we need to be on the frontlines," Merritt said in his president's address June 12, referring to attacks on the institution of marriage, sanctity of life and sacredness toward God, as well as the battle for the souls of men and the very survival of society. Read More...

Superdome rocks as Fred Luter urges 'Go!' in historic sermon
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--With an impassioned plea for personal evangelism, a New Orleans pastor challenged Southern Baptists in the convention sermon at their annual meeting to heed Jesus' call for laborers by sharing their faith and by praying that all other believers would become evangelists. Read More...

Family life council, helping families in crisis
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--America's families are in trouble, and Southern Baptists are no exception, said Tom Elliff, chairman of the Southern Baptist Council on Family Life.

"Families will not be rescued simply because we hope so," said Elliff, as he reported for the Council before messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention June 12. "Families will not be rescued because we think God owes it to us. Families in America -- and families in our convention -- will be rescued because we decide to do something about it." Read More...

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