"Today biblical Christianity is no longer being preached from the majority of pulpits of this land. As a result, America is losing her way and it's due in no small part because the Church has lost her way," he continued. "How thankful you ought to be that in the very center of this city is a church that knows what its mission is and a pastor who knows how to proclaim it."
Dr. Jeremiah challenged the First Baptist congregation to remember three priorities as it continues its ministry: the purpose of the Church, which is to bring glory to God; the program of the Church, which is the commandment of God to be light in a dark world; and the priority of the Church, which is the Great Commission to tell as many people as possible about Jesus.
"This is the commencement of this ministry – the beginning of the new phase of this ministry," Dr. Jeremiah concluded. "God has given you some great new tools and he's blessed you with a man of God as your pastor. You're located in one of the most strategic cities of the world and you're in heart of that city. I hope you are ready to begin the greatest days of First Baptist Dallas."
Located in the heart of downtown Dallas since 1868, First Baptist Dallas opened its state-of-the-art, $130 million campus last weekend, changing the Dallas skyline and adding three-quarters of an acre of green space to downtown. It includes the latest features and technological advances for any church, providing a unique worship experience and ministry opportunities.The 122-year-old historic sanctuary is integrated with a 3,000-seat Worship Center connected by a glass sky bridge to the five-story Horner Family Center and Parking Garage. A high-impact cross-tower and fountain, featuring a stainless steel cross atop a pedestal rising 68 feet high and choreographed fountain jets accompanied by an original score of Christian hymns, sits in the center of the campus. For more information about First Baptist, visit http://www.FirstDallas.org.