Each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts 2:47
When I close my eyes I can still see the sanctuary of the Baptist church I grew up in: bright green carpet, maroon pews, brass chandeliers, a 100-seat choir, and a large wooden pulpit in the center of the stage. The preacher, Mike Rochelle, had an incredible gift for turning every sermon to the cross. Regardless of what topic he was preaching on, he always ended with a clear and strong appeal for people to give their life to Jesus. And those who made the decision were invited to walk down the aisle during the altar call.
Twenty years later I still remember the excitement and joy I felt as a student watching people walk toward the preacher and confess Christ. Now, as an adult, I work at a church where nearly every week we get to watch people enter into the baptistry, surrender their life to Jesus, and emerge from the water as a brand new creation. Since 2014, our church has seen more than 2,000 people give their lives to Jesus and commit themselves to God’s purposes. 2,000 people! Think about all those changed lives.
But there are still countless people who need to hear. 80% of people living in Central Kentucky have no church home. 80% of the people you work with and interact with at the gym and sit next to at restaurants and pass as you drive through your neighborhood are disconnected from biblical community and disconnected from a close relationship with God. 80%.
Who might God be calling you to reach out to, pray for, and to invite to church? It’s incredible that we’ve seen 2,000 people saved since 2014; but 2,000 is just a drop in the bucket compared to what God desires to do in the years to come! Let’s pray, live and share our faith with the expectation of God saving more people than we ever thought possible.
Action step: Ask God to open the door for you to invite a friend to church this weekend.