By Don Graham, Baptist Press
NEW ORLEANS (BP) – What will it cost to be Jesus’ heart, hands and voice to a lost and dying world? Absolutely everything. That was the challenge from International Mission Board President Tom Elliff June 20 to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in New Orleans.
“I’ll just be honest with you – I think it’s time we as Southern Baptists became as excited about sharing the Word of God as we used to be about saving the Word of God,” Elliff said. “The bigger question is, are you willing to pay the price? Because Jesus said it’s going to cost you everything. Everything you are and everything you hope to be.”
Elliff reported on the progress of IMB’s Embrace challenge, issued at the 2011 SBC in Phoenix, where he called on Southern Baptist churches to claim responsibility for evangelizing all of the world’s then 3,800 unreached, unengaged people groups (UUPGs).