By Steve Horn, Pastor First Baptist Lafayette, President of Louisana Baptist Convention
First of all, let me extend my thanks to the Louisiana Baptist Convention for your confidence in electing me to serve you this year as president.
I need your prayers and offer my intention to serve our Lord and our Convention well.
Together, we have heard and pledged our support to a collective vision framed by a report we have called Vision 2020.
Let me be solidly on the record as stating my unequivocal support of this vision. In fact, since a quiet time back in 2006, I have endeavored to build our church’s strategy around similar themes.
In the summer of 2006, while reading Psalm 71, the Lord clearly spoke to me through His Word, particularly in verse 18 which says:
Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.
Vision 2020 and this Psalm both indicate we must be intentional in sharing the Gospel with the next generation – our “this” generation.
We must be intentional with sharing the Gospel with “everyone who is to come.” We have work to do Louisiana Baptists.
This is a task that will demand our priority, our perseverance, and our personal involvement.
I want to begin asking each of us personally what we are doing to reach the next generation and the nations.
It is not enough to say that your church or your convention has a vision to reach the next generation or the nations. Each one of us must personally be involved.