Find it Here 2011: Embracing Christ
    November 1 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    Last year during the annual meeting our Convention staff shared with you about a special Easter evangelism emphasis called Find it Here. When I think about how churches across the state responded I am still amazed.

    Churches committed to four evangelistic activities on or before Easter Sunday of this year: praying for non-believers, preaching an evangelistic sermon, inviting non-believers to Easter services and baptizing new believers on Easter Sunday or the Sunday following.

    Churches reported that because of their efforts to be intentionally evangelistic, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, lives were changed. Church attendance increased, baptisms increased and many of our churches experienced a spiritual revival.

    As thankful as I am for these testimonies, we cannot stop there. Evangelism is the first step, and we must follow that with discipleship.

    Believers must be discipled so that they grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ and learn to live for Him. Your Convention staff wants to help you in your efforts to make disciples who bear much fruit. In North Carolina, Find it Here is a three-year emphasis of evangelism, discipleship and missions.

    During our annual meeting this year we will introduce you to the 2011 Find it Here: Embracing Christ discipleship emphasis. Next year around this same time you will begin hearing about our 2012 missions emphasis.

    I hope you will prayerfully consider joining us in the 2011 Find it Here emphasis. If your church joins this discipleship initiative, we will ask you to commit to:
    • praying for disciples,
    • preaching on discipleship,
    • teaching discipleship in classrooms and in homes,
    • making disciples by participating in the 2011 Easter evangelism emphasis,
    • becoming disciples by serving in your community.
    We have a web site — www.finditherenc.org — with free downloadable resources to help your church carry out each of these activities.

    On this site is also a sign-up page where your church can show your support of Find it Here.

    Making disciples is not a simple process. It requires great intentionality and a commitment to serving others and investing in their lives.

    Yet, I promise you that walking alongside someone and seeing them mature in their relationship with Jesus Christ is one of the greatest blessings you will ever experience.

    If you have not read Transformational Church, please take some time to read this book. In this study Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer report that too many churches measure the success of their church by temporal and external things.

    This study suggests that what we should focus on is not our church buildings or simply getting attendance numbers up, but seeking to make disciples who will in turn make disciples.

    I am praying for God to do great things as North Carolina Baptists focus on being intentional in following His command to make disciples. Please join us as we seek to make God’s glory known!
    11/1/2010 2:01:00 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments




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