The following is my contribution to the Oak Grove Baptist Church Newsletter for March 2018:
Coming from a smaller church into serving in a much larger one, my time spent thus far has shown me that with many more people comes the realization that we go out in so many more directions. I try to always have the Great Commission on my mind as fuel in my faith and outreach, and in that directive given by our Lord, all of us as believers are directed to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19, NKJV)
I’ve found it to be a fact that wherever we are serving, we tend to underestimate the level of impact we can have, both as individuals and as a group. Yet, the amazing thing is when we step out and speak out for the Lord, whether in a small or large church, God can work mightily in both. The power for great change comes with people living in obedience to the directives of Christ. So, as I am here now, and I see the larger numbers of people, all with their own walks of life that puts them in contact with so many people in our area, I am struck every week as I walk into the sanctuary with how much potential we have for growing Christ’s Kingdom.
Endeavor to talk to those you know about matters of faith; keep it simple & sincere, and invite them to worship the Lord corporately. If they can do so with us here, great; if it’s elsewhere, praise God that you are encouraging Kingdom growth that He knows and sees. As we go, go, go about our lives, redeem the time, and see that together, we can serve victoriously for Jesus.