Our goal as a church for the year is to reach out to one more person that is outside of our walls with the good news. This isn’t a “invite so-and-so that has missed a couple Sundays” but an expectation of our people to reach people who are not apart of the joyful community of the church.
Sure, everyone knows that we should share the good news with those that need hope and love that this world can not provide. But why expect the church to do this?
1. Jesus expected it.
We have probably heard it before. “Therefore go and make disciples.” (Matthew 28:19a) He didn’t say, “Therefore only attend church once a week for one hour then go enjoy lunch in your church clothes.” He clearly wanted us to reach out to people. No number was given but it is clearly implied that Jesus wanted more than those at His ascension to be His disciples.
2. The mission at hand gives the believer a joyful purpose in life.
Many times we come and sit in our churches and we do not have an expectation that God can use us to do much of anything. Jesus longs for us to wake up so that He can use us. At PHBC there is a concrete expectation in place for God’s people to be obedient. We believe God will use each and every one of us to bring one more person into the refuge of the church. When those that are hurting are saved from the grasp of sin the church begins to see its purpose. But this is only seen if we are all in one accord. We must love our community to the church. Then Jesus can transform lives through our obedience.
When we truly become a people who love others and bring them into the community of the church we can join Paul in saying, “For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.” (1Thess. 2:19-20)
So what about you? Are you living to bring people to see Jesus? If we will align our hearts to love others with the love of Jesus we can all bring one more into new life. Believe it. Embrace it. Do it.
Caleb Rawls – is the pastor of Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Laurel Mississippi, and husband to Taylor Rawls. Together they strive to lead the church to reach out to their community and world. And yes, they have a dog named Tiglath-Pileser.