It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference kicks off one week from today. 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 7 days left before the conference. So I have been and will continue to post 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.
Ryan Rice will close out the Monday morning session of the conference. He will be preaching Philippians 2:12-18. Ryan is the Lead Pastor of Connect Church of Algiers in New Orleans. He is an excellent communicator of the Word of God, and we are excited to hear from him as he preaches.
Perhaps reading through the text of Philippians 2:12-18 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.
12 Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, 16 by holding firm to the word of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrificial service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.
This video that was recorded at SWBTS and was previously published here at SBC Voices may also help you as you pray. Ryan 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!