As the seasons begin to change and fall arrives, I look forward with great anticipation to our Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting, scheduled for Nov. 2-3, is now less than a month away, and if you have not made plans to attend, I hope that you will join us in Greensboro in a few short weeks. You can find all of the details about the meeting at the event website, ncannualmeeting.org.
This year’s Annual Meeting theme is “Echo: Reproducing Gospel Life in Others,” and I believe that it embodies the true spirit of God’s call for this Convention of churches.
This theme, which is drawn from 2 Timothy 2:2, exhorts us to make disciples who make disciples. The verse reads, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (NKJV). With this theme, we will celebrate the progress that has been made to create a disciple-making culture and impact our state for Christ as we give Him all the glory.
An echo, which begins as a small sound, becomes something much greater when it reflects off a large surface. It becomes a repetition of sounds – not by the ability of the one who produced it, but by the power of something much greater.
Just as God made Abraham into a great nation following his act of obedience, I am confident that if we act in obedience to Him, He will bring our small actions of personal discipleship to fruition for His glory. Today, there are still more than 5.8 million lost people in our state. That number is high, but God has called us to make disciples, and we know that when He begins a work, He will “carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6). What a mighty God we serve!
What can you do in your day-to-day life to pour into the lives of others so that they may also be able to spread the gospel? Perhaps you have a friend who is searching for answers about God. You can tell them the story of how the Lord worked in your life and how He changed you. You can also pass down the message of God’s love and saving grace to the next generation by praying with your children or grandchildren and having discussions about their salvation decision and spiritual walk with Christ.
Will you join me in praying for the lost in our state? Pray that their hearts will be open to God’s Word and that they will be obedient to God’s call. Create an echo effect with the gospel for His glory. I look forward to seeing you in Greensboro!