Vance Pitman, pastor of Hope Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nev., spoke at Liberty University’s convocation on Friday with a message calling students to help build the kingdom of God in America.
“One day Jesus Christ will return and he is building a kingdom,” Pitman said.
Originally from Alabama, Pitman told the crowd that when he first was chosen from First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga. as a church plant, many people were taken back at the thought of going out to build churches in Las Vegas.
“[Las Vegas] is a mission field right in the center of the United States of America,” Pitman said. “Forty percent of the unchurched in America lives in the western United States and America is now the fourth largest lost nation on the face of the earth…we are a nation in need of the Gospel.”
Pitman went on to say that there are 100 references in 16 different books of the New Testament to the “kingdom of God.” The most famous of those references, Pitman said, can be found in Matthew 6:33, which says “seek first his kingdom and righteousness.”
Pitman said the first step in achieving this goal of seeking God’s kingdom first is through prayer for the nation telling the students, “You can touch the world through prayer.”
Pitman then challenged the students to be willing to go and physically aid in building the kingdom.
“I challenge you to put your yes on the table,” Pitman said. “The problem with many of us is that we are willing to go, but plan to stay. Plan to go and be willing to stay.”
Pittman concluded his message by urging the students to give back generously to the kingdom financially, saying that the goal in life is not to be successful but to be significant to God’s kingdom.