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BCF PRAYER CONFERENCE FOCUSED ON SURRENDERED LIVES

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September 20, 2013


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Rick Shepherd, Team Strategist, Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Team at the Florida Baptist Convention, during the Annual Prayer Conference held at The Baptist College of Florida.

This past week during the Annual Prayer Conference, students, faculty, and staff at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville were not only blessed but exceedingly renewed as Wayne Barber, Senior Pastor of Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN, and Rick Shepherd, Team Strategist, Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Team at the Florida Baptist Convention, challenged participants to live surrendered lives by praying daily and letting God live in and through them.

Each morning, the faculty and students gathered at 10 a.m. in the R.G. Lee Chapel and worshiped together singing the ageless song “Ancient Words” preparing their hearts and minds to receive the messages of prayer from Shepherd and Barber.

Shepherd challenged participants at the beginning of each service to get in the Word and pray! He stated that often people ask him, “If you could say one thing to Christians, what would you say?” and Shepherd quickly responds, “You have got to have a quiet time every day!" A quiet time and spending time in God’s Word is one critical element of the Christian walk that is overlooked and minimized.

Barber preached during the latter half of the service the first day of the prayer conference from Hebrews 8:6. He instructed students on the “new covenant” in Christ, explaining how Christians no longer have to work to impress God, but God lives in and through His people. "Religion of any sort tries to change a person from the outside in... Christ changes a person from the inside out," remarked Barber encouraging the congregation to focus on Christ living in and through them.

On Tuesday morning, Barber referenced John 7:38 as he expounded on how the Christian life is not about trying to find a way to get more “living water” from God, but rather learning how to release and use the “living water” already inside. Barber declared that Christians receive this water as they become believers by faith, but they also release it by faith.

Barber and Shepherd joined BCF students for a special time of prayer, praise, and worship Tuesday evening during Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM). There were over 200 members of the BCF family that committed themselves to praying during the prayer conference as Barber and Shepherd faithfully and openly used personal stories and life experiences of their faith journey and prayer life.

Wednesday morning during the close of the conference, Shepherd used a rock illustration to help students understand that nothing is too great or too small for God, followed by Barber who preached from James 1 encouraging students to consider every trial and persecution a joy. He reiterated the statement that, “You’re either in a storm now, you just came out of one, or you’re about to go into a storm." According to Barber, God uses the storms in our lives for good in the same way that gold is tested by fire to prove its authenticity and value.

It is always a privilege and honor to have Wayne Barber and Rick Shepherd share their heart and lives during the Annual Prayer Conference.  For more information on the upcoming Missions Conference in October and other exciting events, please call at 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or visit www.baptistcollege.edu.

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Wayne Barber, Senior Pastor of Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN, during the Annual Prayer Conference held at The Baptist College of Florida.

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