Gov. Perry expressed his appreciation for the church's faithfulness while marveling at the physical and spiritual aspects of the campus that will serve the city of Dallas for years to come. "Let me add my profound, 'Wow!'" he exclaimed. "This is quite a place, and the way we do it in Texas. It is a beacon – a place where our salt and our light can truly be seen.
"Dr. Jeffress, the fountain that will appropriately have your name on it in downtown Dallas is a beautiful place that will draw men and women who need Christ," Gov. Perry added. "People who will come for its beauty but discover much more. Thank you for sending a powerful message, not just to this city, state or nation – but to the world. First Baptist Church of Dallas is truly reaching the world with God's love.
"I think of the woman [in the Bible] who met Jesus at the well," Gov. Perry reflected. "It is not our job to judge souls, but to point people to the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We as fellow sinners will never condemn someone to salvation, but God can use us to show them grace and love them to it."
Visiting pastor Dr. Jeremiah shared a dedicatory message on the relevancy of the Church."If the church is being ignored because we preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, that's one thing; but if we are deemed irrelevant because we aren't playing the world's game nearly as well as the world does, then that's a tragedy," Dr. Jeremiah said. "If we're going to be attacked or ignored by the world, let it be for turning the world upside down like the early apostles did. Not for trying to become so much like the world that you can't tell the difference between the two." Dr. Jeremiah reminded the congregation the work is not over just because the building is complete. "When we have finished building the church, we must continue being the Church," he said. "The temptation with finishing the building is to take a deep breath, relax and say, 'Finally, we did it.' But some of the most challenging days you have will be before you.