The title of this post was the theme of our Barry County Southern Baptist Associational Annual meeting. We had four sessions beginning Monday evening with the preaching of the Annual sermon by Hubert Conway, interim Pastor of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in the Northeast part of our Association.
The meeting was held at the Arnhart Baptist Church, and was well attended. The songs, the singing, the sermons were all great, encourageing, and uplifting as well as challenging. Every message was a reminder of the coming of our Lord.
Last night Dr. Stan Norman from SBU in Bolivar spoke on the final judgment of the Great White Throne, and challenged us to have the heart of Paul concerning our witness and testimony. Paul wrote in Romans, “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:” Romans 9:1-3 (KJV). To wish ourselves accursed for the sake of another soul. That is challenging.
Would we, are we as Baptist, and as Christians willing to be willing to endure the fires and torment of hell, so that one soul or many souls might be saved? Would I, if I could, give up my salvation for a lost soul to enter heaven for eternity? I am still thinking about that one.
If we had the heart of Paul and of Jesus Christ there would be a great influx of souls coming to faith in Christ, as the Spirit of God would be moving in great power and glory to Christ. Let’s think hard and pray long and diligently concerning our hearts and the souls of the lost in our communities, and around the world.
-Tim A. Blankenship
Posted by Tim A. on September 10, 2008
The greatest joy of my life was meeting Jesus as my Lord and Savior. It was due to a faithful father and mother who loved me, took me to a church where I heard of Jesus, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, and had faithful pastors who proclaimed it in a Baptist Church.
The second greatest joy of my life is having been used by the Lord to see others trust Him as their personal Lord and Savior. It is a joy to be a pastor and watch those who have been saved grow and mature more into the image of Jesus our Savior. One thing every Christian must understand is that we are all missionaries. It is just that some of us have not been called to go overseas, but we have been called to go next door to our neighbor, our families, and our work associates.
Here is our Statement of Faith on Evangelism and Missions:
XI. Evangelism and Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 22:17.
The one Scripture which is foremost for the calling for going and being missionaries and evangelist for Jesus Christ and the Gospel is Matthew 28:18-20.
And Jesus came ans spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” (NKJV).
We count it a privilege, an honor, and it is the Great Commission of our Lord as well. A commandment to go and make disciples for Jesus. We are not called to use force, or threat, but the love of Jesus for mankind as He took our place on the cross. We are not called save; for we cannot; we are called to proclaim, and leave the saving to our Lord.
Posted by T. A. Blankenship on July 9, 2007