At the end of [Man Church] events, there’s a moment where we have children pray over their fathers and if I think about it for too long, I’ll get emotional. I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life, to be on a stage and watch hundreds of kids put their hands on their dad’s heads or shoulders and pray over their dads.
YM360, Iron Hill Press
The older my children become, the more I’m aware of the weight of fathering. This isn’t a simple task of “make enough money to pay the bills and feed the family.” There is an entire spiritual component that is necessary for me to fulfill as a father. I am called to lead my precious gifts by living a life of worship in front of them.
TAB Media Group
On my first Father’s Day as a dad, I preached a message titled, “A Father’s Desire for a Godly Legacy.” I envisioned my funeral and what I would want my son to say about me:
- I know my father loved me unconditionally.
- I know my father loved my mother unconditionally.
- I know my father loved God unconditionally.
Pastor H.B. Charles Jr.
“We are called to act, not react. When I react, I very seldomly honor God.”
Pastor Deron Spoo
FBC Tulsa, Oklahoma
I’m afraid that in our convention … we are far better preachers at battling one another than we are at battling our enemy (Satan).
Pastor Mac Brunson
SBC convention sermon, 2010
We can debate all day … but the Scripture is fundamentally clear, God loves the whole world and everyone who trusts in Him will be saved. We do not have time to waste debating the good news when we have been commissioned to share the good news.
Pastor David Platt
Lord, revive us that our churches may be one … that our denomination may be one. … Our world needs to know that Jesus saves. … Let’s acknowledge the fact that there are some issues that we just will never see eye to eye on. … Do you love the saints of God enough to work together to impact lostness? … Jesus says we should love each other like He loved us, and He loved us so much that He died for us.
Pastor Fred Luter
SBC president’s address, 2013
Now is not the time for churches in America to … retreat to their land of comfort and sit around dissecting their theology and the theology of others. … God has you where you are at the right time to accomplish the purpose of God.
Pastor Ronnie Floyd
SBC president’s address, 2016
The gospel is the only thing we should be known for. … Politics are important but not as important as the gospel and people’s souls.
Our traditions and preferences are important but not as important as reaching the next generation. …
The gospel is more important than any program, preference, political leaning or competing priority.
It’s not that we shouldn’t discuss these things … just that where Scripture does not draw a direct line between a biblical conviction and a political conclusion neither should we.
We have a gospel too great and a mission too urgent to let anything secondary stand in our way.
Pastor J.D. Greear
SBC president’s address, 2019
From the Twitterverse
The church isn’t a building to be maintained, it’s a people to be mobilized.
Though the fruit of deception can be quite apparent, deception is by its nature often difficult to see. Deception starts with the self, not others. We find ways to tell ourselves things that are not true so we can believe them and act on them without internal conflict.
On the student ministry webpage … what if the first item listed was corporate worship on Sunday morning? What if leaders presented that hour as the very heart of student ministry?
We find ourselves divided over race, politics and so many other issues because we’ve exalted politics over prayer, ego over humility. The self life is ruling the day but Jesus said die to self. At the Cross, agendas must die.
Success in ministry is not about how many people are following you, but in how many people are following Jesus.
How are you stewarding the land you’ve been given this week? What seeds are you planting? What tender shoots should you water? You may not harvest for a long time, but you can still fertilize and weed. Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Ps. 37:3
It is a very cheap sort of virtue, that — bullying other people’s vices; the easiest thing in all the world is to be constantly denouncing popular faults; but to wring the neck of one of my own bosom sins is a harder work by far, and a much better sign of conversion.
“In the darkest hour God can still revive His people, and by the Holy Spirit breathe new vigor and power into the body of Christ.”
I’m fully aware of my sinfulness. I know I can be distracted. I am sure I have blind spots. But man I do love the Lord. The more I learn the more I realize how much I don’t know. He’s marvelous. His grace is uncalled for. He is a “marvelous mystery.” I’m His and He is mine! Wow.
One of the clearest signs of pride is the inability to celebrate the accomplishments of others.