2011: Solemn Assembly

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FIRST-PERSON: ‘Reminded … how powerfully God can move’

MARIETTA, Ga. (BP)--Jan. 23, 2011, was a remarkable day of worship at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church as we experienced our first Solemn Assembly.

SWBTS students pray for solemn assembly

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Faculty and students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary prayed for individual, corporate and national revival during chapel Jan. 27. The seminary devoted its regular chapel prayer time to these matters in recognition to the call by Southern Baptist leaders for a solemn assembly in churches across the nation. “Our convention is calling […]

‘Turn toward home,’ Wright urges SBC

MARIETTA, Ga. (BP)--The warning delivered to Israel by the prophet Joel is a timely message for the American Christian church, which reflects the values of worldly society more than the values of Jesus, SBC President Bryant Wright said ...

5-day guide for repentance

[QUOTE@right@150="In this urgent call to prayer for Southern Baptists, it is absolutely critical that serious repentance be a central part of the emphasis (during a solemn assembly.)"
-- Greg Frizzell]NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--An emphasis on repentance is at the heart of the call to solemn assembly issued in the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention, and resources are available to assist pastors in leading their congregations in the spiritual exercise.

RESOURCE: Scriptural guide for confession of sin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–As Southern Baptists prepare for a solemn assembly for fasting, prayer and repentance in January as set forth in the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report adopted last June, resources are available to assist pastors in leading their congregations in the spiritual exercise. The event is to be “for the purpose of calling […]

SOLEMN ASSEMBLY: One church’s plans

MARIETTA, Ga. (BP)--In the midst of this Christmas season, I hope you are sensing the fullness of God's presence as we celebrate the birth of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

RESOURCE: How to lead a solemn assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--An admonition for churches to host a solemn assembly in January 2011 is among the challenges to local churches and pastors in the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report approved by the Southern Baptist Convention ...

Lives changed as church is led in solemn assembly

REDMOND, Wash. (BP)--A pastor in Washington state led his congregation to observe a solemn assembly this fall, to repent of sins and seek God intensely -- and lives were changed. Now he is challenging other churches to throw off the grip of worldliness and set aside a day for repentance and renewed commitment.       "I'm absolutely convinced that if there is not a significant awakening in the church, we're in serious trouble," Scott Brewer, pastor of Meadowbrook Church in Redmond, Wash., told Baptist Press.       "We are well past answers found in new strategies and new innovations and the best that we can produce. I think by and large, our churches are void of a manifest sense of God's presence that results in His empowerment of the mission," Brewer said.       Though his idea for a solemn assembly grew out of a personal retreat with God a year ago, Brewer said he was encouraged by the call of Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright and other SBC leaders for churches to observe a solemn assembly in January.       "It basically served to confirm in my own heart something I felt like God was up to, not just in our region but across our country," said Brewer, who is serving a second term as president of the Northwest Baptist Convention.

‘Desperate times’ call for prayer, GCC says

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A Nov. 12 open letter calling Southern Baptists to observe a "solemn assembly" day of prayer in January declared that Americans "live in desperate times" and need "a heal-the-land kind of blessing" from God.       "A Call to Solemn Assembly," issued by the Southern Baptist Convention's ...

Leaders call for solemn assembly in SBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Southern Baptists are being called to “solemn assembly” in January 2011 — a time of seeking God in prayer and repentance — by key leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention. Following the lead of Bryant Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, members of the SBC’s Great Commission Council — which is composed […]