Greg Laurie joined the Southern Baptist Convention! WOW. THIS makes me very happy. Here’s why.
I have a “little” Calvary Chapel in me. I’m a closet Calvary Chapel guy 🙂 but don’t take that wrong. I’m a true Baptist boy. Married a Baptist girl. And there’s no turning back. Calvary Chapel is a lot like Steve McQueen (I’m reading Greg’s book). They are cool. Baptists can always use a little, natural, cool factor. When I became a follower of Christ, Pastor Chuck Smith became my radio rabbi. He made me love the word of God. So I have a special place for Calvary Chapel in my heart. So when I heard Greg Laurie was joining the SBC, I was glad.
Greg Laurie joining the SBC is a good thing and here’s why.
Greg is the Billy Graham of our day. Greg is filling stadiums in ways people thought was over. There have been others. DL Moody. Billy Sunday. Billy Graham. Greg Laurie. Laurie still does crusade ramp up, execution and follow up.
Greg is already a part of us. He has built relationships already in the SBC. Jack Graham and Greg have been friends for awhile now. And that relationship models for us what we need. It’s possible to be faith family, connected, while separate. We are using him to speak and train already.
Greg believes what we believe about evangelism. He obviously is a part of stoking the fire of evangelism already. The SBC is in need to real evangelism that’s partnered with crusade level disciple making. Greg is going to help us in our desire to in some ways get back to evangelism and in other ways stay evangelistic. Regardless, he will join us and lead us in stoking the fire.
Greg is not only an evangelist but also a revivalist. He comes from the a revival movement. He had a front row seat to the Jesus Movement. He was a part of the last revival movement to happen in our nation. I have followed Greg and heard him preach for the last few years. I’ve seen him fire up and mobilize Calvary Chapel pastors and churches for not only evangelism, but also seeking revival in prayer.
Greg believes what we believe. There’s nothing in the Baptist Faith and Message he won’t be ok with. Calvary Chapel churches have theological distinctives but they are within the framework of orthodoxy. Calvary Chapel and Baptists have the same commitment to to scripture and expository preaching.
I could go on but I won’t. I’ve enjoyed my partnership with Calvary Chapel Association. Here in Ruidoso, New Mexico, I’ve enjoyed my partnership, friendship with Pastor John Marshall, the pastor of Calvary Chapel Ruidoso. I have attended the Calvary Chapel Pastors Conference for 3 years now. I have to miss this year but for sure want to go next year. One of the excellent things Calvary Chapel does is events and conferences. They are known for worship and teaching. Many churches have benefited from the influence of Calvary Chapel worship especially. The Jesus Movement influenced many. We can benefit even more with Greg Laurie joining and partnering with us.
I pray we will all be “filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18) and “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim 4:5).
What do you think of Pastor Greg Laurie joining the SBC?