I recently preached a message titled ‘We Must Be Soul Reachers’. Matthew 4:19 states ‘And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ This verse embodies the vision of the Great Commission.
Mark 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
We have been focusing a lot this year on the subject of Church Growth. The church must understand that growth is a Godly principle. We must place growth at the forefront of our thinking and endeavors. It requires both a personal commitment and a corporate commitment from the church.
In the message ‘We Must Be Soul Reachers’, amongst other things, I discussed the necessity of setting goals. As we look at other denominations, we see in several of them, a very strategic and organized effort at outreach. While we must have the proper tools and an effective approach to outreach, none of that matters if we don’t put the process to practice! Therefore, I am a firm believer in setting goals!
For example, a farmer begins the planting season with a goal of reaping a harvest. A doctor begins a procedure with the goal of healing the patient. A baker begins mixing ingredients with the goal of producing a cake. We work jobs and pay bills with the goal of getting ahead. We have been given a goal by Jesus Christ, to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Goals assist us in setting our focus and heading us in the right direction. Goals help keep us accountable. For example, if I say I am going to reach one person today, when I lay my head down on my pillow at night, it makes it harder to come up with the excuse that I didn’t meet the right person! I hopefully will focus my day on finding someone to reach!
We closed out our service by having each member set some individual goals. How many people am I going to reach each week the remainder of this year? How many new Bible Studies am I going to teach this year? How many first time visitors am I going to plan to bring to church this year?
We are already beginning to the results of the saints stepping out in faith, and saying, I am going to do my part, and plant seeds, and water them. Now it’s in God’s hands to give the increase!