Archive for November, 2018
Great News from Blessing Baskets
Thank you for helping us distribute food to almost 1,600 families through our Blessing Baskets ministry. Without our staff team and tremendous volunteers to serve, this would be impossible. We are also thankful not only to meet this great physical need for food, but we saw 254 come to faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord. Because we believe people need Jesus, Cross Church loves seeing people come to follow Jesus. Thank you, Cross Church!
“The Christmas Miracle” Sermon Series Continues
Do you believe in miracles? This past Sunday, we began our new series called The Christmas Miracle. We spoke on The Miracle of the Supernatural. If you were not with us, listen or watch it here. Share this encouraging message with a friend. THIS SUNDAY, we will be speaking on The Miracle of Faith. Join us and invite someone to come with you.
I do hope you will enjoy Thanksgiving Day and week. Take the time to write down a list of five things you are thankful for. If we do not take a simple action point like this, we may let the day come and go and just think about eating and eating more. Yes, it is much deeper than this. Be thankful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us, “Give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
The Christmas Summit
Our annual Christmas Summit is just around the corner. Every year, it is a fabulous Christmas celebration, and this year is no exception. Our guests will be Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, a horn-driven band based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Get your tickets now and join us for the Christmas Summit!
See You Sunday,
Ronnie W. Floyd
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Nearly three and a half years after a white supremacist killed nine parishioners at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Ronnie Floyd took the pulpit to deliver a message of love and racial unity and reconciliation.
“Racism is the most tragic sin in this nation’s history and present,” Dr. Floyd said. “Racism is an assault on the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s completely opposite to the message of love.”
“When you belong to Jesus, you belong to love, and you forfeit your right to choose whom you will love. Love is the better way. Love is God’s way.”
Dr. Floyd, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, was a guest speaker at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Marshall Blalock, president of SCBC and pastor of the historic First Baptist Church in Charleston, was behind Tuesday’s event. He moved the convention’s evening session for that day to the 200-year-old Mother Emanuel Church and invited Dr. Floyd to come speak from Arkansas, turning the evening into a special worship service between South Carolina Baptists and the church’s parishioners.
“We need to stop letting our nation define who we are. America needs to see the church rise up as one, which is the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Dr. Floyd said to audible agreement from the audience. “We are not black churches, we are not white churches, we are not Latino churches, we are not Asian churches, we are not Native American churches — we are the church of Jesus Christ.”
During his tenure as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Floyd made racial reconciliation a priority for America’s largest Protestant denomination. In the wake of the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Mo., and following the 2015 mass shooting at Mother Emanuel, Dr. Floyd and Dr. Jerry Young, president of the predominantly African-American National Baptist Convention, came together to build unity between black and white Baptists. Their groundbreaking efforts were highlighted in the New York Times.
Dr. Floyd’s message paralleled the recently unveiled theme for next year’s National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2019: “Love One Another.” The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”
As president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, Dr. Floyd oversees the team that each year mobilizes millions of Americans to participate in prayer gatherings across the United States.
In 2018, an estimated 50,000 gatherings across all 50 states were held on the National Day of Prayer. More than 1 million people from 38 countries have viewed the broadcast of the National Observance, which was held at National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
In his closing remarks, Dr. Floyd reminded the audience that Christians would not be known by their creeds, songs, doctrinal statements, achievements or the color of their skin.
“Jesus said you are only known by his love, and his love through you,” Dr. Floyd said.
Media note: Dr. Ronnie Floyd is available for interview. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the senior pastor of Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which each year mobilizes millions of Americans to unified public prayer for the United States of America. He’s the author of “Living Fit: Make Your Life Count by Pursuing a Healthy You.” Follow him on Twitter @ronniefloyd.