From Our Senior Pastor
 
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This month, we begin a new and dangerous campaign. 

“Who’s Your One?” 

Imagine if every member of our church could answer that question with the name of a person—a person for whom they’re praying and with whom they’re sharing the gospel. How would it change our church? How would it change the world? 

God’s people don’t merely need another method for evangelism. What we need is a white-hot passion to see people who are far from God experience the new life He offers through Jesus Christ. 

It doesn’t matter how many buildings we construct, churches we plant or sermons we preach if we’re not intent on doing everything so that lost men, women, and children will experience the transforming work of God. Without that one thing, we fail. 

That’s why we’re launching Who’s Your One. This effort is designed to mobilize every Southern Baptist to identify one person in their relational network to pray for and share the gospel with in 2019. 

Why do I say that this is a “dangerous” campaign? 

Two reasons:

Firstly, evangelism is frontline spiritual warfare. We have a real, spiritual enemy who works tirelessly to keep men in their natural, lost state. 2nd Corinthians 4:3-4 reminds us:  

3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 

We can be sure that Satan will work to oppose our every effort at sharing the Gospel with our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and beyond. He will distract, dissuade, and discourage. We can’t let him succeed. We must be prayed up and courageous.

Secondly, this is a “dangerous” campaign because if we spend weeks emphasizing personal evangelism and then continue in the months to come encouraging it, and we do nothing about it (no changes in prayers, priorities, or obedience), then we have dangerously hardened ourselves to the will and work of God! It would literally be better that we not emphasize and teach this than to do so and not respond!

Over the coming days, our church and countless others will prioritize personal ownership of the Great Commission as we each intentionally pursue one person with the hope of the gospel. At times, it seems the mission is simply too complex and too vast for churches like ours and people like us. While we can’t do everything, we can do something. We can all take responsibility for one. And, because of God’s power and the work of His Spirit, each of our ones can add up to make a significant impact for God’s kingdom. 

And finally, we are not looking for a short-term burst, but a long-term shift in our practices and habits. God has a mission and He invites us to be part of it – all of us. I’m praying that you will pray for, identify, and commit to sharing the Good News of God’s great salvation with Your One!

- Pastor Paul