November 20, 2008 Print Edition

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Sullivan recognized for two decades of service

LAKELAND (FBC)—A standing ovation, a moving tribute and a video memoir marked the 20th anniversary recognition of Florida Baptist Executive Director-treasurer John Sullivan during the closing session of the Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 11 at Lakeland’s First Baptist Church at the Mall.

Cross elected FBSC president by 12 votes

LAKELAND (FBW)—John Cross, 45, pastor of South Biscayne Church in North Port, was elected president of the Florida Baptist State Convention by a margin of 12 votes Nov. 11 at its annual meeting in Lakeland.

‘For This Cause’ seeks to unite around missions

LAKELAND (FBC/FBW)—In a rare contested race, messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention elected a president by the slimmest of margins, heard Southern Baptist Convention president Johnny Hunt, and honored their executive director-treasurer for his 20 years of leadership during their 147th annual meeting in Lakeland Nov. 10-11.

Crossover ‘08 in Lakeland draws 842 to five venues

LAKELAND (FBC/FBW)—The Gospel of Jesus Christ was proclaimed in word and deed Nov. 8 in five venues during Crossover Lakeland resulting in 129 professions of faith and six baptisms.

Working together to reach isolated villages in Brazil

RECIFE, Brazil (BP)—The teacher leans over Edinaldo’s desk, glancing over the boy’s shoulder as he fills in the blanks on his worksheet. The air is thick and stagnant inside the cement schoolhouse, and Edinaldo is the only child left to complete his coursework before the summer break.

Rice: ‘Florida Baptists—to the fields, to the fields!’

LAKELAND (FBW)—Times of economic, political and moral challenges are cause for Florida Baptists to “step out” rather than “back up,” Willy Rice preached Nov. 10 in his president’s address at the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting in Lakeland.

State Board recognizes retiring staff members, welcomes new churches

LAKELAND (FBC)—The State Board of Missions approved resolutions of appreciation for three retiring staff members with 73 combined years of Convention service and endorsed 11 newly constituted churches in its Nov.10 pre-convention meeting at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

Sullivan: Don’t be constrained by tradition or culture, but exalt the name of Jesus

LAKELAND (FBC)—The Christian church must not be bound by tradition nor corrupted by culture, but exalt the living Christ, exhorted John Sullivan, during the Florida Baptist State Convention, Nov. 11 at Lakeland’s First Baptist Church at the Mall.

Being ‘fishers of men’ must be priority, Powell says

LAKELAND (FBW)—While unbelievers, non-Baptists and other Baptists often don’t “get” Southern Baptists, even some Florida Baptists don’t “get themselves,” having forgotten the main priority of winning souls to Christ, Richard Powell preached in the annual Convention Sermon Nov. 11 at the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting in Lakeland.

Prayer call for ‘passion & zeal’ issued in Lakeland

LAKELAND (FBC)—Hand-in-hand, more than 1,500 Florida Baptists gathered in intercessory prayer to lift up their churches, their state and their nation during the annual Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 10-11 at the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

Florida State Board of Missions members, agency trustees elected

The following board members and trustees were elected by messengers to the annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention in Lakeland, Nov. 10-11. Messengers to the convention voted on nominations, but appointments were not subject to actions by the convention.

SBC president exhorts messengers to pray with end in mind

LAKELAND (FBW)—God has a way of bringing people to a time of renewal, said Johnny Hunt at the annual Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 10.

God’s grace shown in prodigal son’s father

LAKELAND (FBW)—If church isn’t about seeing lives changed with God’s grace, then it’s about nothing at all, Jack Graham said in his sermon at the annual Florida Baptist State Convention in Lakeland Nov. 10.

Pastors challenged to do things ‘God’s way for God’s glory through God’s church’

LAKELAND (FBW)—Florida pastors were reminded at the 2008 Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference that the mission field isn’t overseas but right outside their church doors. With the theme of the conference “By All Means,” taken from 1 Corinthians 9:22, the men were exhorted to remind themselves that God is in control and putting their total trust in Him will gain results.

Testimonies spotlight Diversity Among Florida Baptists

LAKELAND (FBC)—Four Florida Baptist pastors, representing varying locations and contexts in the state, gave “mini-messages” during the 2008 annual meeting. Inviting these four pastors to speak at the convention provided a “touch of diversity” and an opportunity for participants to hear from pastors they may not otherwise hear, said Willy Rice, president of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

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