I am convinced God is
calling North Carolina Baptists to become the strongest force in the history of
this convention for reaching people with the message of the gospel. North
Carolina Baptist churches and associations are utilizing numerous approaches to
help achieve that goal. However, much work is still to be done and we must
realize our personal responsibility in reaching people in this state who are
This is not a responsibility
you can pass along to someone else because we are all accountable to God.
Sharing Christ is elementary and foundational to our purpose for existence.
According to some recent surveys conducted by two separate research entities,
approximately 5.5 million persons residing in North Carolina do not identify
themselves as born-again believers.
The Find it Here statewide
evangelism emphasis for Easter will be upon us in less than three weeks.
Is it too late for your
church to participate in this organized effort to reach lost persons for
Christ? No. Please let us know if your church plans to join with other North
Carolina Baptist churches in this effort.
It’s not too late to PRAY
for your family, friends, neighbors, business associates and fellow students
who need Christ. Consistently and fervently pray for them by name at home and
perhaps during a special day of prayer at your church. You can still prayer
walk your neighborhood or community two weeks prior to Easter. Visit the web site
www.finditherenc.org, click the Prayer Tab and discover good resources to
assist you and your church.
It’s not too late to INVITE
your non-Christian family members, friends, neighbors and work or campus
associates to Easter worship at your church. Research indicates that 84 percent
of non-Christians would attend church if a friend or family member invited
them. Click the Invite Tab at www.finditherenc.org for other helps.
It’s not too late for North
Carolina Baptist pastors to prayerfully prepare and PREACH AN EVANGELISTIC
SERMON on Easter Sunday and extend a SALVATION INVITATION. Several resources are available on the
Web site under the Preach Tab, along with a good training video entitled
“Giving an Evangelistic Invitation.”
It’s not too late to plan a
BAPTISMAL CELEBRATION service on Easter Sunday or the following Sunday. The
Disciple Tab on the web site includes helpful suggestions to prepare for a
meaningful baptism celebration. We have also provided material to help with
immediate steps for new believers.
It’s not too late FOR YOUR
CHURCH TO PARTICIPATE in Find it Here. However, if you wait, it may be too late
for someone who needs to hear about the life-transforming message of Jesus.
Think about this: if you do not attempt to reach them now, when are you
planning to do it? If you do not do it, then who will?
tell them what great things
the Lord hath done for you…” Mark 5:19