July 2019

Coming soon: ‘Who’s Your One?’ tour

July 22 2019 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

During this year’s Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., former SBC President Johnny Hunt shared a statistic that caught my attention.
 
Hunt said that if just 10 percent of SBC church attenders would pray for and lead one person to Christ in the next year, Southern Baptists would see the highest number of baptisms in the history of our convention.
 
Hunt, who currently serves as senior vice president of evangelism and leadership with the North American Mission Board (NAMB), shared the statistic during NAMB’s presentation and report to messengers in Birmingham to highlight the importance of the current “Who’s Your One?” evangelism initiative across the SBC.
 
In Birmingham, Hunt also announced plans for a nationwide “Who’s Your One?” tour, where he and other SBC leaders will hold events in local churches across the country to encourage and equip them in evangelism.
 
These events will include an inspirational rally on Sunday evening featuring a message from Hunt, followed by a time of training and equipping in sharing the gospel on Monday morning.
 
The tour will include stops in at least 20 cities starting next month and running until May 2020. I’m excited that the tour will start right here in North Carolina at Temple Baptist Church in Fayetteville on Aug. 11-12. Sunday’s rally is free and open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. Monday’s training begins at 8 a.m., and it is also free, but registration is required.
 
You may register online by visiting whosyourone.com and clicking on the tour link at the top of the page.
 
I hope you will make plans to attend this first stop on the “Who’s Your One?” tour.
 
Temple Baptist’s pastor, Kelly Bullard, not only emphasizes personal evangelism, he also models it before his congregation. Earlier this year, shortly after the “Who’s Your One?” initiative was announced, Bullard preached an evangelistic sermon series built around “Who’s Your One?”
 
In the midst of preaching through that series, Bullard saw a man who had been attending his church since Easter of last year come to faith in Christ.
 
Although Bullard had been praying for and meeting with this man since they first met, he says he prayed more earnestly for him during the evangelistic sermon series. On Easter Sunday of this year, Bullard had the privilege of baptizing the man and his wife as followers of Jesus Christ. To God be the glory!
 
Bullard’s story epitomizes what “Who’s Your One?” is all about. It’s about followers of Christ loving one other person enough to be intentional about praying for them, spending time with them, engaging in gospel conversations with them and inviting them to trust Christ as Savior.
 
Many stories like Pastor Bullard’s can be repeated if you will take the challenge to select that particular individual God wants you to invest in and engage them with the gospel.
 
Immediately, following their new spiritual birth in Christ, begin to disciple them by helping them understand the importance of following Christ in believer’s baptism.
 
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” – Luke 15:7 (NKJV).

7/22/2019 3:20:49 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments



On earth as it is in heaven

July 8 2019 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

Revelation 7:9 describes a beautiful picture of heaven in which a multitude of individuals from every nation, tribe, people and language are worshipping around the throne of God.
 
Have you ever stopped to ponder this picture and wonder what it might be like to have this scene lived out in our churches? Imagine if we could all get a glimpse of what heaven will be like while we are here on earth with people from various nations and languages worshipping together.
 
Mark Hearn is a pastor whose church reflects this reality. Mark serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Duluth, Ga., in the suburbs of Atlanta. Duluth is one of the most diverse communities in the United States, and during his tenure as pastor, Hearn has led his congregations to embrace and reach the community around them. His church’s journey has been featured by major news outlets and chronicled in his book, Technicolor: Inspiring Your Church to Embrace Multicultural Ministry.
 
He and other leaders from Hearn’s church will be with us in August to encourage, inspire and equip pastors and leaders in our state to embrace multicultural ministry. He will be one of the keynote speakers for our first ever “Strengthen the Church” Conference scheduled for Tues., Aug. 13 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Durham.
 
Joining Hearn will be Walter Strickland, assistant professor of theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also leads the institution’s Kingdom Diversity Initiative. Strickland is no stranger to North Carolina Baptists as he has contributed to Baptist life in our state and across the Southern Baptist Convention in a variety of leadership roles. He has recently spoken at some of our statewide events on the subject of culture and contextual awareness in disciple-making.
 
The two men will also be among the more than 30 breakout session presenters representing state convention staff members, pastors, church leaders and representatives from parachurch organizations from North Carolina and beyond.
 
I hope you will make plans to attend this new and important event. The population of North Carolina is certainly changing. In His sovereignty, God is bringing the nations to our state. We have a tremendous opportunity to reach those He is bringing here with the gospel and help them reach their families and homelands for Christ. And as we reach them, may our churches and congregations reflect on earth as it will be in heaven.
 
You can learn more and register for the Strengthen the Church Conference at strengthenthechurch.org.
7/8/2019 3:11:33 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments