Find It Here
    March 28 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    As Baptists, we know that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ gives meaning to this life and hope for eternity. Sharing this love and hope is what our three-year Find it Here emphasis is all about. As you know, our 2010 Find it Here focus was evangelism. This year the primary focus is discipleship, and next year we will emphasize missions mobilization.

    As part of our discipleship emphasis in 2011 we are also asking churches to make the weeks leading up to the Easter season a time of intentional evangelistic outreach. If we are going to fulfill our Lord’s Great Commission, we must intentionally and strategically make disciples of those who follow Christ, but we cannot do that until people first receive Christ as Savior.

    Many of our North Carolina Baptist churches experienced outstanding results when they incorporated the Easter season evangelism thrust we encouraged last year. Worship attendance increased with new people attending, individuals made professions of faith and baptisms increased. I hope you read some of the celebrative testimonies that pastors shared with us about how they saw
    God do a great work when their church members prayed for specific spiritual needs of family members and friends and then invited them to worship on Easter Sunday.

    We say we believe that a salvation relationship with Christ is the most important decision in a person’s life. We say we believe that those who never accept Christ as Savior will spend eternity in a place the Bible calls hell. We say we believe that Christ transforms people and makes them a much better person. We say we believe that an individual becomes a new person when they trust in Christ as Lord.

    We say that people who know Christ can experience joy and make a difference in their environment through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. If we really believe all these things, why are we not doing more in our efforts to help people discover this life-changing relationship with Jesus? Would you like to be used by God in helping others discover this life-transforming relationship with Christ?

    Here are some things you can do immediately:
    • You can pray for people you know who need to accept Christ as Savior.
    • You can invite them to church on Easter Sunday.
    Hopefully, pastors will preach an evangelistic sermon on Easter Sunday, invite people to accept Christ and have a baptism service either on Easter Sunday or the Sunday following.

    Easter is only a few weeks away — but there’s still time. Who do you know who needs to hear the gospel of Jesus? Please do not miss the wonderful opportunity to lead your children or grandchildren to Christ. Who is the Holy Spirit prompting you to befriend so you can begin helping him or her learn about spiritual realities?

    “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17 NKJV

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    3/28/2011 7:51:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments




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