Beginning this Sunday, First Baptist Lepanto will seek to mobilize the members of our Sunday School to reach out to the community with the love of Jesus and gospel of redemption. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the campaign, it is a program developed by Oklahoma Baptists and many churches in Arkansas went through the campaign last fall. Our church was involved in some other activities so we did not participate at that time. The motivation to begin an evangelism campaign is related to loss of commission vision. The New Testament church was very aware that their goal was to make disciples, and while the social and discipleship elements were emphasized in the church, the early believers never lost sight of what God had called them to do … multiply themselves. In our churches today, we have become accustomed to the idea that growth equals Bible study and fellowship. Both of these are essential, but living on mission is what God really requires of us.
I ask you, what have you done in your spiritual life to reproduce yourself. Have you made a difference for the kingdom? I believe most Christians are wasting their lives on things that will not make an eternal impact. We all need to be about the mission of God to make disciples through evangelism. Lepanto is filled with unchurched people without the gospel. We must share the hope we have in Christ!
The campaign is designed to mobilize church members to be involved in evangelism. The connection of every believer to others with the gospel is greater than the work of one believer. Enter the 3151 challenge. In the month of February, we are challenging all of our Sunday School attendees to pray for 3 lost people, learn 1 gospel presentation, invite 5 people to Sunday School, and share the gospel with at least 1 person. At the beginning of March, we will have a celebration Sunday where we hope to baptize some new believers and challenge our members to keep up the good work of praying for the lost, sharing the gospel and inviting people to church!
All of us should be involved in this task, but if you have fallen out of Sunday School, plan to attend this week and start this campaign with your other class members. We will have a joint meeting of all adult classes in the sanctuary to kick off the campaign at 9:30 am this Sunday! BE THERE!