Sunday, July 30, 2017
Day 3 of Red Hot Preaching Conference 2017
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
Day 3 of the Red Hot Preaching Conference included more soul winning, an afternoon preaching service, lots of food and fellowship, and a youth activity. A record-breaking 217 people showed up to go soul-winning on Saturday morning. Before going out soul-winning, we heard a great short sermon by Matthew Stucky (assistant to Pastor Jimenez) on how we need more men to step up to the plate and do the work necessary to become a pastor.
The afternoon service began with a testimony from Brother Oliver Gonzales, another assistant at Verity Baptist church. Brother Oliver reminded everyone that churches bring forth after their own kind and highlighted the training opportunities available in churches in our movement as a biblical alternative to Bible college.
Pastor David Berzins helped round out the conference with his sermon on “Having Godly Standards in Your Life.” He decided that since we’d already been motivated and edified, he needed to rip some face on a variety of subjects including controversial ones. He preached on dress standards, working hard, the sin of drinking alcohol, the sin of divorce, submission in marriage, child rearing, and Bible reading. He admonished people to put the Word of God into practice, and he also emphasized the importance of establishing personal standards based on Bible principles. Brother Berzins always does a great job, and there was something in that sermon for everybody.
A lot of people are staying for Day 4 to hear Pastor Jimenez preach on Sunday morning. There will also be another soul-winning opportunity in the afternoon, and then “Men’s Popcorn Preaching” on Sunday night. The popcorn preaching night is a popular event where Pastor Jimenez draws names and gives ten men the opportunity to preach a short sermon. There’s a lot of talent in this movement, so the variety of good preaching should make for an exciting end to the conference.
I had a great time and wish I could have stayed longer, but I also look forward to getting back in time to preach in my own pulpit. There’s just something about being back in your own home church. Like Pastor Berzins said in his sermon, “If you aren’t plugged into a good church, you need to get plugged in.”
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Click here to watch Day 3 of the Red Hot Preaching Conference.