ALEXANDRIA – If the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s 2006 Evangelism Conference was a movie, I would give it two thumbs up!
By Kelly Boggs
ALEXANDRIA – If the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s
2006 Evangelism Conference was a movie, I would give it two thumbs up!
I left inspired.
In more than 20-plus years of vocational ministry, I
have attended my share of conferences and conventions. Most of them I
can’t even remember.
Those meetings that I am able to recall are the ones
that helped facilitate a significant change in my life and ministry.
I will remember this year’s LBC Evangelism
Conference for years to come. For me, it rates as one of the best I
have ever attended.
What made the conference so significant?
It wasn’t the quality of the music, though it was
excellent in all respects. It wasn’t the caliber of the preaching,
though the content and delivery of each message was superb. It wasn’t
the sincerity of the fellowship, though it was encouraging and
The fact that last week’s evangelism conference was
my first as a Louisiana Baptist, as well as my first as editor of the
Message, made it very special, but not necessarily significant.
For me, what was so impacting about the 2006
evangelism conference was the focus. Each session, each song, each
message, each testimony was intensely focused on lifting high the name
Even the lighthearted moments did not waver from calling attention to the Savior.
I have been to conferences that focused on goals,
programs, techniques, methods and even fads. However, last week’s
gathering called attention to Jesus who is the Alpha and Omega of all
our evangelistic endeavors.
While there were testimonies shared about the
lingering devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the focus was not
on what was lost but rather on the sustaining reality of Jesus. As the
conference unfolded, the clear message that was constantly communicated
was that the Lord is working. He is working every place He is lifted
up, exalted and allowed to reign supreme.
Nothing can keep Jesus from being effective.
Persecution cannot stop Him. Natural disasters do not deter Him. Even
the vilest sin is incapable of thwarting the work of Jesus.
With each successive session, the question for me
became not, “Am I committed to do evangelism,” but rather, “Am I in
love with the Great Evangelist?” As one speaker said, “If you know Him
and love Him, you can’t keep quiet about Him.”
Last week’s evangelism conference was so good because it did not emphasize anything other than Jesus.
During last week’s conference, I realized that my
desire to share the gospel is in direct proportion to my love for
Jesus. And my love for the Lord is only as intense as my daily walk
with Him. Effective evangelism comes from the overflow of my devotion
Last week, as I left one of the best evangelism
conferences I have ever attended, I did so with an intense desire to
focus on loving Jesus with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.
As I focus my attention on Jesus, I fully expect
that He will call my attention to those around me who desperately need
to know Him. And that deserves two thumbs up!