Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Bring them in, in 2010!!!
"Bring them in, in 2010" is more than just a catchy slogan! It is a challenge. I believe the Lord is challenging Southern Baptists, as our President Dr. Johnny Hunt has issued a call to fasting and prayer on January 31st, to repent and ask God for a Harvest of Souls. I believe, also, that He is challenging us at Parkers Creek to Bring them in, in 2010!
We must do this for several reasons:
1. Time is short. Scripture tells us to redeem the time, b/c the days are evil. Furthermore, our Lord could return at any moment and we want to be found faithful. One man told me Sunday, "Let's not just bring them in in 2010; let's bring them all in in 2010!" Amen! Who knows, the last person to be saved in the Church age might get saved this year, and then the Lord return to rapture His Bride! Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!!! Also, James tells us that our life is as a vapor that appears for a short time and then vanishes away. God forbid that souls would die and go to Hell from Dickson, Williamson, Hickman, Humphreys and Cheatham Co. without us telling them the good news of Jesus and giving them and opportunity to respond!
2. It is our duty to bring them in. In all 4 Gospels he says go! Matthew 28:19 says, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them..." Mark 16:15 says, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Luke 14:23 says, "Go into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that my house may be filled;" and John 20:21 says, "Even as the Father hath sent me, so send I you." He repeated it again on the Mt. of Olives just before His ascension, when in Acts 1:8 he promised, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me." WE MUST GO!
3. Finally, it is selfish not to go. If I had a cure for cancer but never told anyone that cure, it would be selfish to keep it to myself. Friends, I have something better than a cure for cancer, and that is the cure for the cancer of sin! It is the dynamite power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is still the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes!!!
Over the next few posts, I will be sharing how we are going to bring them in in 2010! We will be doing specific things to give you an opportunity to reach out with the Gospel in 2010! May God Bless you in the New Year!!!