It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference is less than a week away. I hope you are planning to join us in Phoenix, Arizona June 11-12. We have 12 preachers from 12 average-sized Southern Baptist Churches who will be lifting up the name of Jesus as they preach expositionally through the book of Philippians. Including today, we have only 5 days left before the conference. So I am posting a call to pray for one speaker each day until the day of the conference. I hope you will take a moment each day to pray for these men as they finish up their sermon preparations.
Jose Abella will preach Monday afternoon. He will be preaching Philippians 3:1-11. Jose is the Lead Pastor of Providence Road Church in Miami, FL. He is an excellent preacher, and we are excited to hear from him as he preaches at the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference.
Perhaps reading through the text of Philippians 3:1-11 will help you as you pray. The text below is from the new Christian Standard Bible published by Holman Bible Publishers. The preachers at the conference will be preaching from the CSB.
In addition, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for the dogs, watch out for the evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh— 4 although I have reasons for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; regarding the law, a Pharisee; 6 regarding zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness that is in the law, blameless. 7 But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.
This video that was recorded at SWBTS and was previously published here at SBC Voices may also help you as you pray. Jose shares some ways that we can be praying for him at the end of the video.
Thank you for praying! We hope to see you in Phoenix!