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The Open Door: Georgia Baptists, join your family in Savannah


The annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention begins in a few days. It promises to be one of the best and most inspiring. Our president, Thomas Hammond, has referred to the annual gathering as a family reunion. I like that! Then, he adds, “We can’t really have a family reunion if you aren’t there.” That is very true.

Some of the greatest preaching to be heard anywhere in the country will be well represented when we gather at Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah, Georgia. Kenny Grant is our host pastor, a tremendous preacher in his own right.

Sunday evening we will have our Inspirational Rally with Frank Page and Johnny Hunt bringing the messages. I am blessed every time I hear Pastor Johnny and Frank Page. Leading in worship will be an associational choir. Buddy Wasson is the associational missionary for the Savannah Baptist Association, and has been a significant asset to the association and to our convention staff in the planning process.

This year’s doctrinal sermon will be preached by the exceedingly capable Jim Perdue, pastor of Second Baptist in Warner Robins. The missionary sermon will be delivered by Andy Childs, who possesses one of the finest missionary hearts I have ever seen. Andy is pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Toccoa. Both of these outstanding pastors will inspire and bless us with their messages.

Our president, Thomas Hammond, will bring the president’s message on Monday evening. I know something of the content of Thomas’ sermon and I can assure you, you do not want to miss his message. I’ll give you a hint – Easter 2017.

The dynamic preacher, H.B. Charles, will bring the closing message on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Charles’ sermon will be worth the trip to Savannah. Derrick Moore, chaplain for the Georgia Tech football team, will bring a closing challenge. The likes of which we have never seen. What a wonderful way to wrap up our three days together in Savannah.

Our music will be so inspiring. We have had Charles Billingsley with us several times before. He always stirs our hearts not only with his remarkable vocal gift, but with the spirit of his heart and ministry. Al Denson of Celebration Ministries in Grapevine, Texas and Daniel Crews from First Baptist Jacksonville will put a song in our hearts that will accompany us home and stay with us as we minister in our various places.

Voices of Truth, from our own Brewton-Parker College, will be a great musical blessing as well. Your presence will also, no doubt, be a source of encouragement to these fine college students.

I hope you will go out of your way to be present with us in Savannah. When it is over and you go back home, your spiritual batteries will be fully charged.


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