Midwestern Seminary hosted “For the Church Phoenix,” its third in an annual series of micro-conferences, on June 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center during the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

The event featured leaders from across the SBC presenting on featured topics in a seven-minute TED Talk-like format.

Al Mohler, the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary presented on the topic, “Why Inerrancy Matters,” stating the bottom line is that God’s word is true, and when the Scripture speaks, God speaks.

Steve Gaines, SBC President and pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, covered the subject, “Why Prayer Matters.” In doing so, he explained that one simply needs to follow Jesus’ example to understand this concept.

Thom Rainer, the president of LifeWay Christian Resources explained “Why Exclusivity Matters,” during his presentation, but opened with the shocking statement, “There are many heretics in this room.”

Owen Strachan, associate professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Seminary, covered the day’s fourth talk on “Why Biblical Manhood Matters.” Strachan noted that today’s cultural climate is not favorable to men. All signs point to a reduction in the role of men in everyday life.

Mark Dever, the pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church discussed “Why Baptism Matters” by providing a series of reasons. He noted that the ordinance matters, most notably, because Jesus was baptized, and that Jesus commanded all who believed in him to be baptized.

Jared Wilson, director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Seminary, managing editor of the “For the Church” website, examined the topic, “Why Discipleship Matters.”Wilson noted that there is a discipleship deficit in our churches, but it doesn’t stem from a lack of passion. Rather, it comes from a lack of understanding what discipleship really is.

Jason Allen, during the event’s final presentation, explained, “Why Church Membership Matters.” In doing so, he expressed a desire to give those in attendance an urgency toward maintaining a regenerate, meaningful church membership.

You can watch videos of each of these short talks below.


Dr. Al Mohler – Why Inerrancy Matters from Midwestern Seminary on Vimeo.

Dr. Steve Gaines – Why Prayer Matters from Midwestern Seminary on Vimeo.

Dr. Thom Rainer – Why Exclusivity Matters from Midwestern Seminary on Vimeo.

Dr. Owen Strachan – Why Biblical Manhood Matters from Midwestern Seminary on Vimeo.

Dr. Mark Dever – Why Baptism Matters from Midwestern Seminary on Vimeo.

Jared Wilson – Why Discipleship Matters from Midwestern Seminary on Vimeo.

Dr. Jason Allen – Why Church Membership Matters from Midwestern Seminary on Vimeo.