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David Smith gives the benediction prayer. Smith prays that the attendees will leave the convention with the heart of a missionary.
Fred Luter thanks everyone for the opportunity to serve and requests their prayer. Luter also thanks the parliamentarian and everyone that worked with him on the stage.
Akin closes his sermon with a prayer.
Akin tells a story about division in the denomination. He had a conversation with Adrian Rogers years ago and Rogers said we are fighting each other in the barracks rather than fighting satan in the field.
Akin suggests that Christians include God in their wills so that when they die, they will leave money to missions.
Akin asks if we model Great Commission Christianity to children.
Akin says that Great Commission people see themselves as missionaries.
Akin says, that by not sending men to Africa we are condemning Muslim men to hell because women cannot tell them about the Gospel
In 1900 half of the world's population didn't have adequate access to the Gospel. Still half of the world doesn't have access to the Gospel. "What is the problem?" Men are the problem. Men are not being about the business that God gave them.
The issue is access to the Gospel. Paul was about the business of getting the Gospel everywhere.
Akin says Great Commission people are consumed with sharing the Gospel.
Akin tells the story of a church planter that owns only two pairs of clothes a hut and some farm tools that would be considered poor by the world's standards but is rich because of God.
Akin: God killed his son so he wouldn't have to kill us.
Akin says a Great Commission people will never lose sight of the Gospel.
Akin tells story of missionary Henry Martin who said, "The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions."
Another mark of a Great Commission people: Christ-centered people that boast only in Christ and not in themselves.
Akin: "World missions is God's work and our worship."
Akin says that missions and worship must be kept together.
Akin says that missions and theology reinforce each other.
Akin quotes Carl F.H. Henry: "The Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time."
Akin says there are close to 7 billion people and 3 billion have inadequate access to the gospel. More than 1 billion people have never heard of Jesus.
Akin warns that good things can distract from the best.
Mark #1: Great Commission People will keep the focus on the most important thing while doing many good things.
Akin tells the story of James Fraser who rejected the offer of a promising career as a concert pianist to be a missionary in China.
Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, will deliver the sermon.
Akin's sermon is 6 Marks of a Great Commission People.
The attendees sing Revelation Song.
Worthy is the, Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to him who sits on
Heaven's mercy seat
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Previous presidents of the SBC are recognized. Jimmy Draper is in attendance. Joyce Rogers, the widow of Adrian Rogers, is also in attendance. Frank Page thanks the messengers for the opportunity to serve. Bryant Wright recognizes the historic moment he was part of in seeing Luter elected president of the convention.
Page also recognizes the other officers that served with Fred Luter.
Fred Luter recognizes Nathan Lino for his work as 1st vice president of the SBC.
Fred Luter recognizes David Miller for his work as 2nd vice president of the SBC.
Andy recognizes committee members and then recognizes June Turner for 30 years of service in the convention.
Nomination for next year's sermon giver, an alternate and a music leader are nominated and approved by messengers.
Messengers vote to approve the resolution on the growing prison population.
Messenger offers amendment to resolution on the growing prison population in America. Messengers vote to approve the amendment.
Messengers approve resolution on age discrimination and health care rationing.
Messengers approve resolution on violations of freedom of assembly.
Messengers approve resolution in support of prayer for the President.
Messengers approve resolution on the 125th anniversary of the WMU.
Resolution on tithing approved by the messengers.
Another amendment offered to resolution on tithing. Messengers vote to approve the amendment.
Messenger offers amendment to resolution on tithing. Messengers vote to approve the amendment.
Steve Lemke announces that there will be 6 resolutions for messengers to vote on.
Jim Wells the registration secretary reports that 5,103 messengers registered for the convention and requests prayer for his surgery in July.
Fred Luter prayers for Wells.
Leon Thompson, a deacon at church in Illinois gives the opening prayer.
Pastor Danny Decker reads scripture and then prays the benediction ending the morning session. The live blog will return when the next session begins at 3 p.m.
IMB has a website to assist people in praying for missions.
Elliff says this cooperation can be repeated again and again. Although there is so much darkess, resources have never been so abundant. This is the time of the world's greatest lostness.
Elliff askes the messengers to pray for the missionary in Asia.
One missionary that Sam discipled joins in by Skype video conferencing.
Sam Cordell comes on stage but face is obscured in the live video stream. In 10 years Sam trained 200 Christians in Ecuador. Elliff says a group of 20 families so poor that only two families have a motorized scooter are financially supporting a missionary.
Sam Cordell wanted to "punch holes in the darkness" and realized that God called him to leave South America and go to Asia. Nine church planters from this poverty-stricken area ask to join him in the Asian mission work.
Video is shown but the faces of missionaries are obscured to protect their identity.
Hollingsworth talks about the team God built in his church that are involved in church planting.
Elliff tells the story of a family and church that is "mission minded."
Multiple videos feature people that are part of this story.
Sam meets the daughter of a church planter and they get married. While church planting, they build a relationship with the WMU.
Elliff says the story is about cooperation. Seminary education, networking with other Christians and then a missionary appointment through International Mission Board.
Two interesting facts from video presentation:
- 1.2 billion people live in south Asia
- Majority of them are unengaged with the Gospel.
Messenger asks question about properties being sold in other countries. Elliff answers that the mission agency wants "pioneers, not settlers." Elliff also says that governments are making it harder to use some properties so they are being divested.
Slides from Tom Elliff's presentation.
Elliff says that support in the Cooperative Program is declining and asks for prayer and that it would increase. Elliff says that More than $11 billion was given to Southern Baptist churches.
Elliff says the IMB has started a School of Prayer.
Elliff describes the Macedonian Project to train missionaries to speed the process of sending a student to the mission field.
Tom Eliff says that the IMB is mobilizing to help businessmen to share the Gospel. Closed nations are closed to missionaries but open to business.
Tom Elliff says that the Southern Baptist Convention needs to be more passionate about declaring the faith than defending the faith.
Amendment to resolution offered that would change the word orientation to preference. The messenger says that homosexuality is a choice and not the result of a gene or the brain. The committee recommends a vote against the amendment because the amendment uses the phrase "perceived sexual orientation."
Messengers vote against the amendment and then vote to approve the resolution on the Boy Scouts.
Amendment to resolution is approved by messengers.
Messenger offers amendment to resolution. Messenger says his church is in partnership with the Boy Scouts because of the Gospel and that the church is given the job of the Great Commission, not the Boy Scouts.
Messenger offers amendment to resolution. Committee agrees with amendment and messengers approve the amendment.
Messengers oppose amendment to resolution.
Messengers speak for and against resolution on the Boy Scouts.
Messenger offers amendment to resolution.
Messengers approve resolution on mental health and the heart of God.
Messenger offers amendment to resolution on mental health. The amendment is defeated.
Messenger offers amendment to resolution on mental health. Committee affirms the amendment and messengers approves the amendment.
Messenger offers amendment to resolution on mental health.
The amendment is defeated.
Resolution on human trafficking passes.
Vote taken on the amended resolution on sex abuse and it passes.
Another messenger offers an amendment to the resolution. The messengers vote to approve the amendment.
Vote taken and the amendment is adopted.
Two messengers speak on behalf of the amendment and one messenger speaks against the amendment. The recording secretary reads the amendment.
The first two resolutions passed. An amendment is offered to resolution 3 which is about sexual abuse.
The text of the third resolution can be found here.
Steve Lemke gives report and says that 12 resolutions will be introduced for messengers to vote on.
Jim Wells is unopposed and elected to serve as registration secretary. According to Baptist Press, this will be Wells 11th time to serve in this position.
WMU is promoting the website Join 1 Million Men as a resource for porn addiction and video is shown about this cause.
Mohler says the Seminary has lost two key people: Russell Moore and Jason Allen. The seminary has replaced them with competent people. Mohler concludes the Southeastern Seminary report.
Mohler says the seminary has almost 4,500 students. "We received a commission not from the Southern Baptist Convention but from Jesus Christ."
Mohler says that every professor at Southeastern Seminary upholds the Baptist Faith and Message gladly.
R. Albert Mohler. Jr. reflects on 20 years in Southern Baptist leadership.
Walker tells the story of a Christian whose earthly father was killed because of his faith. The son of this martyr was reminded that God is his heavenly Father and will be by his side.
Walker tells the story behind the song He Knows My Name. Walker met an orphan named Jerry and the orphan asks if they are friends. The orphan wanted to be known and loved.
Walker sings a song about the future promises of God: "Someday it will all be over." Death will no longer how power over us.
Conference attendees worship by singing the chorus Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Announcement made that Jared Moore was elected to serve as Second Vice President.
Since the recording secretary nomination is unopposed, John L. Yeats is elected to serve in this position.
Kelley says the seminary is developing a homeschooling center for seminary students with children. Kelley has also started a scholarship program and fellowship program to assist of African American students.
Kelley says there are fewer Baptist churches within 50 miles of the New Orleans seminary than any of the other Southern Baptist seminaries.
Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Seminary, gives a report on the growth of the seminary despite Hurricane Katrina and other trials.
Messengers approve the report from the Committe on Committees.
Messengers cast paper ballots. Ushers collect the ballots.
Chairman on the Order of Business explains why some motions were ruled not in order.
Chairman on the Order of Business gives a report on motions being referred to committees for further study.
"Keep us from being destructive ..." Lee also prays for reconciliation and for forgiveness for the time wasted.
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
Billingsley leads the conference attendees in worship by singing the song Hosanna.
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna in the highest
Welcome to the CP's live blog coverage of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting being held in Houston, Texas. Big change for today. We are including the time in Central Standard Time.