Many of us approach the start of a New Year with great expectations. We want a fresh start and we want to make changes so that life is better in the New Year.
I would like to suggest something new.
During our Annual Meeting in Greensboro last November many of you will remember that I asked you to join me in committing to impact lostness through disciple-making.
I pray that N.C. Baptists will not lose sight of those commitments we made not long ago. Every day brings us one day closer to our Lord’s return and more than 5.8 million people in our state do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Let’s join together and commit this year to take the next step. I challenge you to make this a year of intentionality. Begin this New Year by taking simple, practical steps to build relationships and share the gospel with old friends and new people.
Who do you know who needs to hear about the life-transforming power of the gospel?
Do you know a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker or family member who needs to know Jesus? Ask God to connect you with someone who needs to be discipled.
Sometimes, the simplest acts of kindness produce significant Kingdom impact.
For example, one of the video testimonies on our “Next Step” Vimeo channel (www.vimeo.com/ncbaptist) features a young couple who decided to give up some of their weekends away in order to be home and to be present in their neighborhood. They also set aside one night a week to invite neighbors to dinner.
As a result, this couple began a Bible study with their neighbors and several people have come to faith in Christ.
Another couple shared a testimony with us about how a dinner invitation to one international student led to that student attending church with this couple and the student coming to faith in Christ. As the couple began discipling this college student, they also began meeting with other international students and have led several Bible studies for these students.
They are, as Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:8, not only sharing the gospel but “sharing their lives” with these students and God is working in incredible ways.
As we begin a New Year, ask God to help you discern how He would have you reach out to those around you.
In the book Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples, Frances Chan reminds us that… “making disciples is the mission of our life. A disciple is a disciple maker.”
Be open to the Holy Spirit’s leading about ways you can serve people and build relationships.
If you have a “Next Step” story to share, please let us know. We would love to share your story of God at work with other North Carolina Baptists.
For more information please visit our Next Step page: www.ncbaptist.org/nextstep.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16