Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,
according to the power at work within us. Eph. 3:20
As we come to the end of 2019, I am looking forward to what God has in store for Burlington Baptist in 2020. I’ve been working on my sermon for Jan. 5th about Jesus’ instructions to pray for laborers to work for the harvest (Luke 10:2). I think that Jesus would echo those words today in regards to the harvest being plentiful but the laborers being few. We must pray both for the harvest and for laborers to take the gospel to those who need to hear!
I don’t know about you but I am hungry to see a harvest of souls! Our goal of 52 baptisms is pretty God-sized in light of the 17 baptisms we had in 2019. I am asking God to use each of us in 2020 to lead somebody to Christ. We will ask you to identify your “one” on Jan. 5th and we will start praying for that person to be saved. We will have a special night of prayer on Mon., Jan. 6th to pray for our “ones.” I’d love for you to come out and share your “one” and let me know how I can help you as you seek to share the gospel with him/her in 2020.
I am expecting God to hear and answer our prayers. Yes, my faith is weak, but I’m just going to try to depend on God more than ever in 2020. I am ready to do my part in equipping the saints for the work of ministry knowing that the ONLY way we will see 52 people saved in 2020 is for each of you to do your part in telling others about Jesus. I would be glad to help train you to share the gospel. If our goal is about three times more than we had this year, we need to be at least three times more intentional next year. We might need to pray three times as much. We might need to do three times as many community outreaches. We certainly can’t expect to do the same thing we did in 2019 and reach our goal of 52 in 2020.
In January, we are going to identify our “one” and we are going to ask each of you to pray specifically for one of the 52 we want to reach in 2020. We will ask each of you to take a number (1-52) in January and start praying for that particular person to be saved. When your number person is saved, we will celebrate and ask you to continue to pray for that person as they begin to walk with the Lord.
I have struggled to find ways to connect with the lost and unsaved in our community since moving here. In previous years, I have had children in school which allowed me to regularly interact with other parents. I have even served on the school board and other community groups in order to connect with people. If you have any suggestions on ways for me to connect with more lost people, please let me know. I have door hangers that say ‘We prayed for you” and has information about Burlington Baptist on them. I plan to start praying through my neighborhood as the weather permits. If you want me to talk to your “one” in 2020, just let me know and we will discuss the best time and approach to take.
Now, we aren’t setting a goal so that we can boast. We are setting a goal because if we don’t shoot for something, we probably won’t work towards accomplishing it. If we set a goal that is within our reach, we won’t have to depend upon God in prayer. Each person we see get saved and baptized is a person who is brought into the family of God. We will celebrate each and every one. Join me in asking God to give us lots of “ones.” Ask God and then come each week expecting God to save. I can’t wait to see how God is going to answer our prayers. Who is your one???