Thursday, February 12, 2009

Our Mission

A local church has many missions. Now in the 21st Century those missions have increased and changed somewhat; however, the one main mission will never change, nor will it be deleted. The main mission of any local N.T. Baptist Church is to win souls to Jesus Christ. The truth of the matter is that most churches are failing in the area of soul-winning and reaching the lost in the community around them.

We know how to organize basketball teams.
We can organize great fellowship meetings.
We can plan ski trips.
We can participate in the electoral process.
We can build great buildings.
We can even computerize our churches.

All of these accomplishments are proper in their places, but it is a proven fact that we don’t win souls on very a successful scale.
The majority of Baptist churches in America did not win one soul in the year 2008. Most of those churches have not baptized a convert in several years.
Jesus told the disciples in John 14:12 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."
This is not referring to feeding thousands or healing the sick, or even raising the dead. He is talking about pointing men to a saving knowledge of Christ. He places soul-winning higher than any other work or mission of the church. When He called Peter and Andrew, He said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” He was referring to soul-winning.

Now if Jesus has commissioned us to win souls, why aren’t we turning the world upside down as did the early Church?

Where is the problem?
Where is the breakdown?

I am praying that the Lord will help us to be a church that has the emphasis in the right place so we can make a difference in the lives of these that live around us.


Woody said...

AMEN, Great entry,
We will have uour son-in law on our chain, we are right outside Ft. Drum in Carthage!!

Take Care


Curtis Long said...

What a blessing. I appreciate your friendship and your kindness. God bless you and your church!

Anonymous said...

Super post, Bro. Dave. Right on target! Thanks for calling us all back to the basics.

bwilber777 said...

It is so important to stay on task.