Reaching the unreached
The Great Commission has no geographical limits. It is not limited to a calling overseas or a neighborhood outreach. It is not just what we do in North Carolina or in North America. It is all of the above!
We can’t depend only on the work of IMB, or NAMB, or state conventions, or local churches, or seminaries to get the job done. I believe each of these "arms" of ministry is equally critical to fulfilling the last assignment Jesus left us as he ascended to heaven. One of these elements by itself will not do the job.
I passionately believe the local church is "ground zero" for God’s activity in the world today. But I am just as strongly convinced that it is essential that many ministries work with the local church to carry out the Great Commission.
With that said, I want to call your attention to one part of the picture. God is doing something at NAMB. Have you noticed that the North American Mission Board is rising to the top like cream rises in milk? Here is a story on Brnow.org which reports the results of Baptist state executive leaders who are committing themselves to work with Kevin Ezell and NAMB in our Great Commission goals. I was very encouraged by the actions of our state leaders.
After attending NAMB’s SEND conference in July, I see some promising opportunities for Southern Baptists through this organization’s fresh vision and the spirit of genuine cooperation among us.
A fellow Baptist leader recently said to me, "As you look at NAMB right now, I believe you are looking at the future of Southern Baptists." I agree. NAMB is strategically on target to lead us to reach North America with the Gospel by revitalizing traditional churches and planting new churches.
By the way, are you praying for America? Visit 40daysofprayer.net. Are you praying for North Carolina? Visit praync.org.
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