This is the third of a dozen stories highlighting the upcoming annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention in Savannah. The stories, which will be published on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next four weeks, will include both convention-related content and a look at how the Savannah Baptist Association is making a Kingdom impact in Coastal Georgia.
SAVANNAH — Brokenness is not weakness and brokenness is not an end, but a beginning.
That is the pivotal idea that Preaching Conference President Stephen Fountain is praying participants will take away from this year’s mid-November meeting. Fountain, pastor of First Baptist Church of Buford, said the theme – Beautifully Broken – will be interpreted through sound preaching and inspirational singing and based on Psalm 51:17: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” (NASB)
The Conference will precede the annual Convention meeting when it holds its gathering Monday, Nov. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Temple. The afternoon sessions will be sandwiched between Sunday night’s Inspirational Rally at 6 p.m. at the church and the next evening’s 6 p.m. opening session of the Georgia Baptist Convention.
“This meeting is an event to encourage and inspire pastors from across our state to continue the work of proclaiming the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Fountain said. “All of the speakers are devoted to the preaching of the Word.”
This year’s speakers include Anthony George, senior associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta; D.A. Horton, Bible expositor and artist; and Rob Wilton, pastor of Vintage Church in New Orleans. Worship will be led by Shelly Johnson, who wrote the worship anthem “Power of the Cross”, which has been recorded by Natalie Grant and Steve Green.
Georgia Baptist Convention President Thomas Hammond and Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director will also speak briefly.
“We believe God is going to accomplish great things through this year’s theme, which embraces the fact that we are simply broken vessels that God is gracious enough to save and use for the purpose of ministry,” Fountain pointed out.
“Brokenness is not an end but a beginning,” he reaffirmed, “and many times the pain of brokenness is God beautifully molding us to be uniquely used by Him.”
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