During my address to our Board of Directors last month I shared with them that I believe we as a state convention have a single, highly focused, laser-driven agenda, and that agenda is to help the churches of this Convention carry out the marching orders that Jesus gave us in the Great Commission.
I truly believe our marching orders come from the Great Commission. We must go and tell people in our communities, state, nation and throughout the world about Jesus Christ.
As we seek to be obedient and to fulfill the Great Commission we must be intentional in three areas: evangelism, discipleship and missions. We will never see the Kingdom impact our Lord’s desires if we do not commit ourselves to all three of these efforts.
This is what our three-year Find it Here emphasis is all about. In my last column I encouraged you to get involved in this year’s Find it Here focus on missions mobilization, and I do pray you are seeking God’s direction for how your church will participate.
Last year’s Find it Here emphasis was discipleship, and we want to continue providing you opportunities to build on what you did last year and to grow even more in discipleship.
This year we are inviting North Carolina Baptists to attend one of the “Looking at your church in 3-D” events (ncbaptist.org/3D). This event will help lead you and your church through a process to discover, develop and deliver.
First, you will discover where your church is and where God is leading your church. Then, you will develop a strategy for how to get where God is leading. Finally, our staff will help equip you with resources so you can deliver, or follow through on the strategy you develop.
Our staff is dedicated to walking with your church through every step of the “3-D” process. Their desire is to partner with you, to meet you where you are, and to help your church move forward as you seek to become all God intends.
Our staff is also dedicated to helping strengthen your church so that your church can experience the tremendous blessing of seeing God change lives as believers create a disciple-making culture.
Being a disciple of Jesus Christ means embracing Jesus’ commands to follow Him and to abide in Him. Disciples are always becoming more Christ-like as they allow the power of God and His Holy Spirit to transform their heart and mind.
North Carolina Baptists, it is not enough to share the gospel and then walk away.
We must teach people the truths of God and walk alongside them as they mature in their relationship with God. We must make disciples who will in turn go throughout their community and the world making other disciples for God’s glory.
“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:8