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February 6, 2013

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Danny Akin speaks in the R. G. Lee Chapel at The Baptist College of Florida.

Faculty and students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville were truly blessed and challenged by Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) in Wake Forest, North Carolina, as he spoke in the R. G. Lee Chapel on Monday, January 28.

Akin began his sermon by raising the question, "Have you ever wanted to be a part of something bigger than yourself?" He went on to explain that there are 7,000 people groups which totals about half of the world's population that are not only lost, but do not have access to the gospel. Akin stressed that when it comes to evangelism, we should not only focus on those who are lost, but those who do not have access to the gospel. According to Akin, there are people in the world who have never even heard the name of Jesus. He dared BCF students to pray, "Lord, why shouldn't I go?" rather than, "Lord, should I go?" when presented with opportunities to reach the nations with the gospel.

Preaching from the book of Jonah, Akin highlighted the fact that Jonah preferred comfort over reaching the people of Nineveh. He encouraged students to not serve God only when it's convenient or comfortable, but go wherever He leads. Akin closed his sermon by challenging students with the question, "Are you more concerned about your comfort or the conversion of others?"

After chapel, there was a special luncheon held in the Wellness Center where BCF Juniors and Seniors who were interested in attending SEBTS received information packets and were given the opportunity to meet with Akin and ask questions regarding the seminary and degree programs.

Akin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from The Criswell College, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Arlington. Akin has served in senior administrative and leadership positions at Criswell College, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and currently as President of SEBTS. He has ministered on the mission field in Arizona, Australia, Thailand, Paraguay, India, Kenya, and Asia, as well as authored many published articles and books including Five Who Changed the World, A Theology for the Church, Discovering the Biblical Jesus, and Epistles of John, appearing in the New American Commentary.

For more information on the spring 2013 chapel speakers, call 800-328-2660 ext. 446 or visit baptistcollege.edu.