March 2010

Celebrate His Resurrection

March 22 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

“He is not here: for He is risen...” In those six words, spoken by an angel that first Resurrection Sunday, God confirmed that Jesus was indeed His Son. Jesus, who on Friday had been beaten, spat on, humiliated and crucified like a common criminal, conquered death, hell and the grave because He was fully God and fully man.

The stone was rolled back! That moment divided human history and changed the world forever. Easter hope still lights our lives today. Just as the stone was rolled back from a tomb that could not hold Jesus, so it will be for us. But there’s a problem — we cannot just rest in that Easter joy because so many have not yet had a chance to accept Him as Savior.

The sad news is that our North American Mission Board (NAMB) estimates around 258 million people in North America are lost and unchurched, without eternal hope. America’s population is now more than 307 million, challenge enough, but our diverse population includes hundreds of language/culture groups. New York rivals Tel Aviv in the number of Jewish residents and Los Angeles has one of the largest populations of Koreans this side of Seoul. It will take extra commitment to cross such linguistic and cultural barriers with the Good News of Jesus.  


NAMB hopes to receive $70 million through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering this year, to maintain support for our 5,300 North American missionaries evangelizing and starting new churches. Historically, North Carolina Baptists have led in their generous support of this strategic offering. I pray that trend continues this year.         

A LifeWay survey showed that 78 percent of Americans would be willing to listen to someone share what they believe about Christianity. A whopping 66 percent of Americans already believe Jesus died and came back to life, even if they have not come to trust Him as Savior.

Many Americans and Canadians are desperately looking for meaning and purpose in their lives that only Jesus can provide.

North Carolina has 5.5 million lost people, so some live around you as neighbors, friends and family. Many of these would say “Yes” to Jesus if someone would make an effort to introduce them to Jesus.                           

NAMB is coordinating Find It Here nationwide through God’s Plan For Sharing (GPS) and our Baptist State Convention joins with other Baptists in supporting this Easter outreach event. This evangelism emphasis has a simple focus: Pray that our non-Christian family, friends and neighbors will be saved, and invite people to church on Easter Sunday, April 4. Pastors, please preach an evangelistic message and then ask people to receive Christ. Next step: baptisms!

More details at: www.finditherenc.org. Celebrate how God allows His people to help roll the stone back so the meaning of the Easter story can continue!

“And you, being dead in your sins…hath he quickened (made alive) together with him,
having forgiven you all trespasses.” Col. 2:13
3/22/2010 7:45:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments



It’s Not Too Late

March 8 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

I am convinced God is calling North Carolina Baptists to become the strongest force in the history of this convention for reaching people with the message of the gospel. North Carolina Baptist churches and associations are utilizing numerous approaches to help achieve that goal. However, much work is still to be done and we must realize our personal responsibility in reaching people in this state who are spiritually lost.

This is not a responsibility you can pass along to someone else because we are all accountable to God. Sharing Christ is elementary and foundational to our purpose for existence. According to some recent surveys conducted by two separate research entities, approximately 5.5 million persons residing in North Carolina do not identify themselves as born-again believers. The Find it Here statewide evangelism emphasis for Easter will be upon us in less than three weeks.

Is it too late for your church to participate in this organized effort to reach lost persons for Christ? No. Please let us know if your church plans to join with other North Carolina Baptist churches in this effort.

It’s not too late to PRAY for your family, friends, neighbors, business associates and fellow students who need Christ. Consistently and fervently pray for them by name at home and perhaps during a special day of prayer at your church. You can still prayer walk your neighborhood or community two weeks prior to Easter. Visit the web site www.finditherenc.org, click the Prayer Tab and discover good resources to assist you and your church.

It’s not too late to INVITE your non-Christian family members, friends, neighbors and work or campus associates to Easter worship at your church. Research indicates that 84 percent of non-Christians would attend church if a friend or family member invited them. Click the Invite Tab at www.finditherenc.org for other helps.

It’s not too late for North Carolina Baptist pastors to prayerfully prepare and PREACH AN EVANGELISTIC SERMON on Easter Sunday and extend a SALVATION INVITATION.  Several resources are available on the Web site under the Preach Tab, along with a good training video entitled “Giving an Evangelistic Invitation.”

It’s not too late to plan a BAPTISMAL CELEBRATION service on Easter Sunday or the following Sunday. The Disciple Tab on the web site includes helpful suggestions to prepare for a meaningful baptism celebration. We have also provided material to help with immediate steps for new believers. 

It’s not too late FOR YOUR CHURCH TO PARTICIPATE in Find it Here. However, if you wait, it may be too late for someone who needs to hear about the life-transforming message of Jesus. Think about this: if you do not attempt to reach them now, when are you planning to do it? If you do not do it, then who will?

“Go home to thy friends and tell them what great things
the Lord hath done for you…” Mark 5:19    
3/8/2010 6:28:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments