March 2016

Live joyfully in light of the resurrection

March 22 2016 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

As we reflect on Christ’s death, burial and resurrection during this Easter season, I have been thinking about how our relationship with Jesus evolves over the course of our lives. Though God does not change, as humans, we are subject to fickle emotions.
 
For example, when we first accept Jesus into our lives, we are elated and overcome with joy. We often cannot hold back our excitement about this newfound relationship. However, after many years of walking with the Lord, that initial excitement can sometimes begin to fade if we do not maintain fellowship with Him and we do not share Christ with others.
 
For some individuals, their relationship with the Lord is no longer novel. However, in our day-to-day lives, we should still meditate on the gospel and reflect on the goodness of the Lord, living life with the joy that He has placed in our hearts. We say that we are changed by the gospel, but how often does the reality of the miraculous resurrection manifest itself in our lives?
 
When Jesus was crucified, He took our sin, our shame and our unworthiness with Him to the grave. What a wonderful Savior!
 
My friend, do you realize that you now have the freedom to go before the Father at anytime?
 
The death of Jesus took care of the penalty for our sin and the resurrection of Jesus took care of the problem of sin. Through His power, we can overcome temptation.
 
My dear brothers and sisters, I urge you to seize this day.
 
As we ponder the fact that we were once condemned to die before Christ took our place, I hope that we will take this opportunity to live today rejoicing in our freedom in Christ.
 
May we rekindle the joy of our salvation. May we live today as though it was the very first day of our new life in Christ. We were once enslaved to sin, but now we have been made free. We should always be in awe of the Lord’s sacrifice for us and aware of His power working in us.
 
I pray that the reality of the resurrection will manifest itself fresh and anew in our lives so that it spurs us on to share the good news with others.
 
Imagine how different our culture would be if all believers lived in such joy of the Lord that they couldn’t help but share about what Jesus has done for them! Live each day in the reality of the power made known because of Christ’s resurrection.
 
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” – Romans 8:11.

3/22/2016 11:31:10 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments



Baptists on Mission: A testimony of God’s goodness for 40 years

March 8 2016 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

The year of 2016 holds a special significance in North Carolina Baptist life – it is the 40th year anniversary of N.C. Baptist Men, also known as Baptists on Mission. I reflect on all that Baptists on Mission has accomplished for our Lord Jesus, and I praise His name – what a testimony to the goodness of our God!
 
Baptists on Mission is an auxiliary of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and is itself composed of 17 different ministries. Each year, thousands of men, women and students are directly involved in mission projects locally, nationally and internationally through these different ministries.
 
One of the most visible ministries of Baptists on Missions involves disaster relief, which allows those who serve to share the love and message of Christ by helping meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those impacted by catastrophe. Baptists on Mission also support various mission projects and partners across our state, nation and world.
 
I believe, as does Richard Brunson, executive director of Baptists on Mission, that all Christians are called, gifted and sent to do God’s work. The great variety that exists within these 17 different ministries allows for a greater number of God’s people to use their specific gifting for His glory. Whatever the area of a person’s involvement in ministry, God has specially equipped each one of us with spiritual gifts, and He will carry out the good work that He began in each of us “until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
 
As Baptists on Mission celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, I hope that you will join me at the 2016 Baptist Missions Conference, an event hosted by Baptists on Mission on April 15-16 at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte. The conference’s theme is “Rescued and Redeemed” and will feature breakout sessions, mission fair exhibits, a volunteer supper and missions testimonies. This year’s speakers will include Bob Goff, author of the book Love Does; Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages series; Bryan Loritts, pastor at Trinity Grace Church in New York City; and Rebekah Lyons, author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning.
 
Whether or not you are able to attend the conference, please join me in giving thanks to the Lord for all of the many ways that He has allowed Baptists on Mission to bless others through service. I pray that you will ask the Lord to show you how He might use you for His glory – according to the gifts that He has given you and the places to which He has called you.
 
He saved them from the hand of him who hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy” – Psalm 106:10.
 
If you or your church would like to know more about the 2016 Baptist Missions Conference, please visit baptistsonmission.org or contact Lynn Tharrington at (800) 395-5102, ext. 5599.

3/8/2016 10:13:14 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments