In 2010, our convention launched a three-year focus on evangelism, discipleship and missions called Find it Here.
The goal for Find it Here is to help churches become more intentionally evangelistic, which leads to disciple-making, which then leads to missions involvement.
This is the best way to grow a church and transform believers into dynamic followers of Christ. As part of the Find it Here evangelism emphasis we asked North Carolina Baptists to pray for lost people, specifically by name, and to invite them to attend a worship service.
As churches began praying for lost people by name, and inviting those people to church, and sharing Christ with them, they began to see lives change. People all across this state came to faith in Christ because someone took time to share the gospel with them.
If you will go to finditherenc.org you can read testimonies from pastors about what a difference it made when they, and their congregation, were more intentional in evangelism.
Intentional — this is a word I want us to think about. Churches that saw people come to faith in Christ did not see this kind of result because of anything special or extraordinary that they did. They saw this life change because of the power of the gospel and work of the Holy Spirit — and because they were intentional to share their faith.
Please consider for just a moment that 5.6 million people in this state, 258 in North America, and 6 billion in the world do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Does that reality make a difference to us?
Are we burdened because we know that every person who lives in this life apart from a relationship with Christ will miss the joy of knowing His presence here, and they will also exist throughout eternity in a place called hell?
We must care because God cares. 1 Tim. 2:3-6 teaches that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
God wants all people to enter into a personal faith relationship with Him. Romans 10:14 asks us to consider how people will know about God unless someone tells them.
Matthew 28:18-20 gives the answer: it’s us. We are God’s chosen instruments in this world to tell others about Him. It is our responsibility to share the Good News.
If you know Jesus, you have a story to tell. Your story is important because it is a story of how God saved a sinner and transformed that person into His beloved child.
When you tell your story, you bring God much honor and glory.
Who do you know who needs to hear the gospel? Will you tell them? God will enable you with His power. When is it going to happen?
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me …” Acts 1:8
(EDITOR’S NOTE — This item is part of a package of stories highlighting evangelism and church growth across the state. The Biblical Recorder is focusing on the Seven Pillars for Christian Ministry adopted by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. For more stories or to find out about the entire package, please visit here.)