SBC President Frank Page’s Sermon at the Convention

In his sermon yesterday, Dr. Page began an historical illustration concerning the Maginot Line. The Maginot Line was a military line of defense constructed by the French following World War 1 by which the French hoped to prevent further German invasions. In World War 2, this defense held and the Germans were unable to cross into France. Ironically, however, the Germans did eventually conquer France, by-passing the Maginot Line through an undefended forest that the French believed to be impenetrable.

[This was a good illustration, as it was interesting and created a sense of expectancy in the Convention.]

Dr. Page went on to explain that the entities, programs, agencies, and massive churches are the Maginot Line of the SBC. As in France’s hopes during WW 2, this “Maginot Line” has given the SBC a sense of false pride while failing to actually accomplish the goals we have as a Convention. The church has not transformed the culture; culture has transformed the church.With this introduction, Dr. Page began his sermon on Psalm 51, which I’ve outlined as follows:

I. The Costs of the War Are High

A. Sweet fellowship is impossible when unconfessed sin is present (v. 2-3).
-> Instead of dealing with the root problem of our own sin, we are often prone to fault-finding against others.

B. We can lose the joy of our salvation (v. 8-9, 12).
->We in the SBC have been trying for thirty years to increase the number of baptisms through unrevived churches.

II. The Divine Strategy Is Clear

A. We must confess our sins before the Lord.
-> Dr. Page made specific application in the case of the SBC to sins of arrogance and pride.

B. We must plead for forgiveness and cleansing and a new heart.

III. The Victory Is Assured

A. Rightness will result in reaching the world.
->Why are SBC baptisms down? Why are sinners not being converted through the SBC? Because we have been fighting the wrong battles and not dealing with our own sin.

B. We should want to be theologically correct, but if we are not dealing with our own sin, we will be powerless.

Overall, I thought that this was possibly the best sermon I’ve heard from an SBC annual convention I’ve personally attended. For the most part, Dr. Page exposited the text and made careful application to the needs of those who heard him preach. Dr. Page did speak on additional points not in the outline above in order to make a call for unity in Gospel witness, drawing these points from John 17 and Ephesians 4. Though these were, for the most part, good points, they had no clear connection to the the main text, Psalm 51.

In my final two posts I’m planning to write on this year’s SBC annual convention, I hope to give some thoughts on Dr. Page’s leadership at the Convention and to address the two big controversies at the Convention.

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3 Comments on “SBC President Frank Page’s Sermon at the Convention”

  1. With what i am reading here, i must say i am impressed and thankful that the leadership in the SBC IS aware of its own faults and follies. Step two is seeking to correct the problems. THAT will occur only when the larger entities/churches set the tone for the churches that simply “follow suit” and thus stem the tide of liberal theology/emergent-ism or the equal error of “traditions above all things [including Scripture].”

  2. Barry Says:

    Forgive the correction Andrew.

    It is spelled “Maginot”. There is no “r”.

    Did Dr. Page elucidate on this theme of the “costs of the war are high”?


  3. Thanks Barry!

    If I remember correctly, the costs he focused on involved humble repentance like that expressed in Psalm 51.

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