During the past three and a
half years as I have served as your Executive-Director Treasurer, God consumed
my heart with one guiding vision, one heart cry, for our convention: “By God’s
grace, we will become the strongest force in the history of this convention for
reaching people with the message of the gospel.”
A sense of urgency exists in
reaching the lost for Christ and now is the time, like never before, for us to
join together and become a powerful spiritual force to the glory of our Lord.
We don’t know how much longer we have to accomplish this.
You have heard that 4.9
million residents of North Carolina do not have a relationship with Christ.
Although we do not like to
think about it, according to scripture, they are headed to an eternal hell if
they do not possess a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
They cannot experience the
assurance that their sins are forgiven and it is impossible for them to know
the peace which the Holy Spirit imparts to believers.
That 4.9 million is no
abstract number. It is a number representing our family members, friends and
It represents the people you
and I see every day in this state.
These individuals need hope,
peace, and purpose in life, but most of all they desperately need a
relationship with Jesus.
Our Lord challenged His
followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptize them and teach them
to obey all that He commanded. This was not given as an option.
The Great Commission is a
mandate each of us must obey.
That’s why we are asking
North Carolina Baptists during the next three years to intentionally and
strategically join hands with many Southern Baptists and do our very best to
fulfill our Lord’s Great Commission.
In 2010, we will emphasize
reaching those around us through intercessory prayer and personal witnessing.
During the second year, we’ll
focus together on discipleship as we work with new believers and help them to
grow into the maturity of Christ.
The third year will
concentrate on launching maturing believers into missions.
We will challenge followers
of Jesus to move out of their comfort zone and help spread the gospel in this
state, across North America and even in other countries through short- term
It is my prayer that during
this multi-year evangelism initiative every resident of North Carolina will
hear the message of Jesus, embrace the Christ of the Bible and experience the
life-transforming power of Jesus Christ.
You and your church can play
a vital role in reaching North Carolina for Christ and helping new believers
become fully devoted followers of Christ.
For more information visit
www.finditherenc.org or call our Office for Evangelization at (800) 395-5102,
Matthew 28:19-20 — “Go… make
disciples…baptizing them…teaching them to observe all things I have commanded…”