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‘Big Day’ to focus on personal evangelism
James Dotson, Baptist Press
September 09, 2010

‘Big Day’ to focus on personal evangelism

‘Big Day’ to focus on personal evangelism
James Dotson, Baptist Press
September 09, 2010

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Southern

Baptist churches have an opportunity to set aside one “Big Day” this fall to

focus on the importance of every individual being prepared to share their

faith.

Photo by Cat McDonald

Equipping every believer to share their faith in Christ is the focus of Soul-Winning Commitment Day, which has a suggested date this year of Oct. 3.

Also known as Soul-Winning Commitment Day, the event can be customized with a

variety of training opportunities, sermon ideas and other tools to reflect the

needs of individual churches, according to Dick Church, church evangelism and

resource coordinator for the North American Mission Board’s personal evangelism

team.

The mission board sponsors the annual emphasis, which has a suggested

date this year of Oct. 3.

“The goal of Soul Winning Commitment Day is to encourage pastors and church

leaders to dedicate one day of the year to motivate, inspire and challenge

church members to make a commitment to reach beyond the walls of the church and

engage in some form of evangelism,” Church said.

For some, he said, that might mean committing to take a course on how to share

their faith. For others, it might be a commitment to participating in

visitation or outreach events.

Others might simply commit to looking for

opportunities to share their testimony of how Christ has changed their life.

The theme this year is “Every Believer Sharing,” which ties into Southern

Baptists’ 10-year “God’s Plan for Sharing” (GPS) initiative launched this year,

Church said.

A key GPS goal is to equip every believer to share the gospel, he

said.

Resources for the Big Day include a comprehensive planning guide that can

provide either a full turn-key plan for churches to implement or a set of tools

to customize their own emphasis.

Some churches have chosen to utilize the “One

Hour Witnessing Workshop” during their Sunday morning worship service, for

instance, while some pastors might craft a sermon using points from a sermon

outline and offer opportunities to make a commitment. Among other resources are

Sunday School/small group lessons and drama scripts.

All resources can be downloaded free at www.thebigday.org.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Dotson is a writer for the North American Mission Board.)