Friday, September 8, 2006

SBC president tells SBTS students, "Watch your mindset, motive and methodology"

By Jeff Robinson

SBC President Frank Page greets SBTS student John Randolph and wife Kristie during his visit to the seminary this week.

Ministers of the Gospel must have minds, motives and methodologies that are calibrated to glorify God even when God places them in circumstances they would not have chosen, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Frank Page told students at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Tuesday.

Preaching in the seminary's chapel service from Philippians 1:12-20, Page said ministers often wind up in circumstances that were not in their plans. Like the apostle Paul, who preached the Gospel while chained between two prison guards, ministers must seek to advance the Gospel regardless of their personal situation.

Page who has served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Taylors, S.C. for the past 51/2 years, was elected president of the SBC at the annual meeting in June.

"The chains gave Paul the opportunity to minister to the lost in ways he had never envisioned before," he said. "Imagine the soldiers that were chained to this man. Here is a man who is going to be singing hymns at all hours of the night, a man who is going to be talking about Jesus whether they wanted him to or not…[Paul's imprisonment] also gave him an opportunity to spread the Gospel in Caesar's household.

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