First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, the megachurch headed by Pastor Robert Jeffress, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary on Sunday.
Originally founded on July 30, 1868, the church that began with 11 members now has approximately 12,000 people on its membership roll.
FBC Dallas is planning to hold a special service on Sunday to commemorate the occasion, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott expected to be in attendance.
Attendees to the service will get a commemorative Bible for each family, as well as a children’s book focused on the history of the church.
There will also be a message delivered by Jeffress about the past and future of the congregation, as well as a history display at the church’s Ruth Behr Hall.
Jeffress, who took lead of the church in 2007, talked with The Christian Post on Friday about the milestone and other related topics. Below are excerpts from the interview.
CP: At a time when many churches are in decline or closing, how is it that First Baptist Dallas is celebrating its 150 anniversary and still going strong?
Jeffress: I think there’s one simple answer to that. We are a church that’s not built on a denomination or a church built on tradition or a church built on popular opinion. We are a church built on the Bible. The fact is, denominations change, culture changes, opinions change, but God’s Word never changes. I think the reason God has blessed First Baptist for these 150 years is, this is a church that has been dedicated to proclaiming the unchanging truth of God’s Word.
CP: According to your announcement, you will be delivering a special message at the service. What will be in this message?
Jeffress: The spiritual foundation of this church is the Word of God, both the Living and the Written Word of God. But I’m going to talk about three other foundations that explain why I think God has blessed this church in addition to the spiritual foundation.
I’m going to talk about the fact that First Baptist Church Dallas is a church that has been built on commitment. Our people, for 150 years, have shown a passion for doing the will of God and being willing to make whatever sacrifice necessary.
Secondly, First Baptist Dallas is built upon the Gospel. We deal with urgency to share the Gospel with as many people as possible and as soon as possible. And that sense of urgency is what drives us.
And then, we are a church that is built upon the Bible. And that’s why I think you have such a diverse church at First Baptist Dallas. We’re not just a church filled with a bunch of middle-aged white people. We have people from all different backgrounds coming to our church. All different races, all different economic statuses. Why? Because they are hungry to hear the Word of God.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski