Most of us have at least one person in our lives that we desire to see come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. It could be a family member, a close friend, a neighbor, a coworker or someone else.
What if we all focused on consistently and fervently praying for that individual on a regular basis and being more intentional about sharing our faith with them? That is the focus of a new evangelism emphasis called “Who’s Your One?” being launched by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and promoted by Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear.
“Who’s Your One?” encourages every Southern Baptist to intentionally build a relationship with one person over the course of 2019, share the gospel with them and invite them to trust Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Greear, NAMB President Kevin Ezell and NAMB Senior Vice President for Evangelism and Leadership Johnny Hunt introduced “Who’s Your One?” to associational leaders across the country during a simulcast on Jan. 31 from Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Durham, which was sponsored by the Yates Baptist Association and its Associational Mission Strategist Marty Childers. I saw a preview of “Who’s Your One?” and the accompanying resource kit during a recent meeting of my fellow executive directors from other Baptist state conventions across the nation.
I want to encourage pastors and other ministry leaders to support this evangelism emphasis by our SBC leaders. You can learn more and access a prayer guide and other materials by visiting WhosYourOne.com. The complete resource was scheduled for release Feb. 20.
Please note that the “Who’s Your One?” emphasis is not a new evangelism tool, method or approach. Instead, it’s a call to shift our mindset to where we are more sensitive and aware of lost people that we interact with on a daily basis. It’s a call to be more intentional about praying for them and engaging in gospel conversations with them on a regular and consistent basis in hopes that they would trust Christ.
As Pastor J.D. has said, evangelism happens when “ordinary people” share the gospel with their neighbors, friends and coworkers. If all Southern Baptists take this charge to heart, it’s amazing to think of what God could do as we are faithful to share His good news and trust Him.
“Who’s Your One?” is one pillar of Greear’s “Gospel Above All” theme for his presidency and the theme of this year’s SBC annual meeting, scheduled June 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala. One of the many things that I admire about Pastor J.D. is his passion for personal evangelism. He leads by example in this area and has encouraged and motivated members of The Summit Church where he pastors to regularly share their faith by asking his own congregation, “Who’s Your One?”
Additionally, I’d like to remind you that the staff of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina also stands ready to assist you and your church in your evangelism efforts. Many of our events held throughout the year emphasize personal evangelism, and we also have trainings that specifically focus on sharing the gospel.
Josh Reed, our senior consultant for adult evangelism and discipleship, is passionate about personal evangelism and has a heart to encourage and equip others to share their faith. He has also developed a network of evangelism trainers across the state. You can learn more about some of our upcoming Gospel Conversations trainings by visiting the special event page at ncbaptist.org/gospelconversations. Information about other training events held throughout the year is also available online at ncbaptist.org/events.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes …” – Romans 1:16a (NKJV).