Our Game plan?
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
This year we must… Bring Them In, Build Them Up, Send Them Out.
Bring Them In
This deals with our outreach. We must continue to keep the main thing the main thing and the main thing is soul-winning! Paul stated, in Philippians 1:27, “…for the faith of the Gospel…”
“And [Christ] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
In the outworking of the Christian life, there is nothing more basic than the Gospel ministry. This was the whole reason Christ came!
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
In Ephesians 2:10, Paul says…
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
That “good work” that Paul is referring to is the work of the Gospel ministry. Paul was in the Gospel ministry. He was simply following the example of Jesus Christ. Most of you already know the opportunities that SCBC takes to get the Gospel out. However, there is something very specific that I, want to challenge each of us with. (Wait till the end!)
Build Them Up
“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” Ephesians 4:12
Building people up is some of the most difficult, labor intensive, time consuming work you will ever be involved in. And that is exactly why more individuals are not actively involved in this aspect of ministry. (As kindly as I can say this, people are lazy!) However, building people up is the most rewarding. This encompasses just about every ministry that SCBC has because, while we are seeking to bring them in, we want to build up those who have been brought in!
With that thought in mind I want to challenge everyone to be an active part in a Connection Group and challenge others to be an active part in a Connection Group.
- Mr. Ron Faulk – The Bereans (Adults 50 and over)
- Pastor Campbell – HD: His Design (married couples)
- Miss Meichel Adams – Ladies of Purpose
- Mr. Mark Dixson – (College & Career Age)
While, for years, we have called the hour before the Sunday morning church service, “Sunday School,” that term merely implies, “I’m going to sit down for 45 minutes and listen to a Bible lesson prepared by someone else. Nothing will be required of me during that time other than simply sitting still and being quiet!” If that is all that “Sunday school” is should there be any wonder why more people don’t come?
The term, “Connection Groups,” conveys so much more. Connection Groups should be an opportunity to…
- Reach people.
- Teach people.
- Minster to people.
- Involve people.
- Assimilate people.
- Build relationships with people.
Allow me to put the importance of Connection Groups – Sunday school – into a different perspective: “Big church” is designed to build vertical relationships: man to God. Connection Groups are designed to build horizontal relationships: man to man. We need both.
Send Them Out
“…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:38
This brings to completion the whole of the Great Commission as we see individuals who have been brought in – they’ve accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior; they’ve been built up; and now we see them going out and doing for someone else what has been done for them. As Matthew 9:38 states, we need to pray that God would burden others within our church to begin serving. Another way of saying this is that people need to get involved; they need to get involved in the ministry of the Gospel.
“The secret to success is the involvement of people.”
The success of South Charlotte Baptist Church hinges upon the involvement of its members. A church is a local group of baptized believers who have gathered together to fulfill the Great Commission. That definition demands involvement.
With all of that in mind I want to ask you…
- Forget about paying off the Kirk Building debt.
- Forget about building a new family life center.
- Forget about purchasing a new bus.
- Forget about planting another church.
I want each of us to narrow our focus. I want each of us to focus on this one thing this year. I want each of us to commit to bring one person to the Lord during 2018. The Great Commission begins with “bringing them in.” Let’s go “Back to Basics” and keep the main thing the main thing and the main thing is winning souls. We can’t build them up and we can’t send them out until we first of all have brought them in through the Gospel!