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Setting Goals for Souls

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!

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Do you want to be a missionary?

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We had a missionary service on Tuesday.  Rev. James Marse, and his wife Stacy and their two children.  They are raising funds to head to Bolivia.  I always look forward to missionary services.  I enjoy hearing about their burden and their calling for the country they are heading to.  When we go to General Conference, and the missionaries and their children march through the building carrying the flags of the country they are heading to, I can’t help but stand their and cry.

There is just something about a family uprooting themselves, and heading to a foreign country, and leaving behind their friends and relatives, that both impresses and motivates me.  These are people who are so sure of their calling, that they will get literally give it their all.  They will change their lifestyle, and sacrifice their comfort, to do what God has called them to do.

My wife and I have been privileged to chaperone on three AYC (10-day missions) trips.  During those trips we have been so blessed to work with some awesome missionaries.  These people have become heroes in our lives!

Matthew 28:19 states ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.’  So what is a missionary?  A missionary is someone who goes to a location in the world, and teaches from the Bible, and leads people to an Acts 2:38 experience!

Do you want to be a missionary?  You can!  As a matter of fact, you can be a missionary right where you are!  You are in the world…find someone, and teach them a Bible Study.  You can be a missionary at your school.  You can be a missionary at your job.  You can be a missionary in your neighborhood.  You can be a missionary to America.  (And trust me…America needs missionaries!)

Be what God wants you to be!  Be what He has called you to be!  BE A MISSIONARY!

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Get Up On Your Soapbox

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Dictionary.com defines ‘soapbox’ as an improvised platform, as one on a street, from which a speaker delivers an informal speech or appeal.  The term ‘get off your soapbox’, or ‘they’re on their soapbox again’, has been long used for people who have a constant agenda to persuade others to their set of beliefs.

I was thinking earlier, that as Apostolics, we need to get up on our soapbox!  Those belonging to the world’s wide array of religions have always been on their soapboxes, trying to persuade other’s to join their ranks.  Those without religion have long been on their soapboxes trying to persuade other’s that there is no god, and that life is all about having fun and feeling good.  Anti-religious folks have no fear about getting ‘in our faces’ and trying to discredit us and God!

I believe that if there was ever a time for us to get on our soapbox, that time is now!  My soapbox needs to be truth!  My soapbox needs to the Word of God!  My soapbox needs to be the plan of salvation spelled out in the book of Acts!

Revelations 12:11 (KJV) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

1 Corinthians 1:21  (KJV) For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

There is only one way that we are going to overcome those that are reaching out with an anti-Apostolic message.  There is only one way we are going to reach the masses in our world.  And that is by getting on our soapbox, and sharing our testimony!

One thing that I have learned in life is that passion communicates!  If one is passionate about something, if they truly believe it, if they are completely sold out to it, that passion will come forth in their communication.  We need to get passionate about the truth, and get up on our soapbox, and share it with the world!

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The first few days in Ghana

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Wow…the last few days have been amazing! For those of you following my blog and waiting to hear the reports about Ghana…I apologize! The internet has been quite scarce! I finally have a decent signal…and I am hoping that it will last until I finish this post! We arrived Saturday evening, and came to the motel to check in and head to bed. We had a friendly roach waiting in our room to welcome us. 🙂 No problem…I quickly evicted him! We had to services Sunday, and God showed up in an incredible way! Sunday mornings church was outside under a ‘pavilion’. Two of the young ladies from the team helped out by teaching Sunday School. As always, the children can steal your heart away! Monday we headed to the Monkey Sanctuary, and the monkeys came down out of the trees and took the bananas right out of our hands. If you were lucky, the monkeys would peal the bananas in your hand and eat them. Me…not so lucky! We then headed to Kpetoe Kente Village and watched them workers weaving blankets, mufflers, and the such, and were able to purchase some as well. Bro. Sisco surprised us with a very nice muffler, also called a kente, embroidered with ‘AYC Ghana 2014’! Tuesday consisted of a long drive, with church in the evening. The worship was absolutely amazing, and God showed up in a tremendous way. After preaching on repentance, and the church spending some time in repentance, the Holy Ghost poured out and there were multiple healings! Today we loaded back in the bus and headed back towards Accra. We began the day by going to Almina Castle, an old slave trading fort. It was a very educational and sobering experience. We then stopped by the coast and the young people got to go get their feet in the ocean…of course several felt the need to get completely soaked! From there we headed to Kakum National Park and got to walk the rope bridges several hundred feet in the air! Seven bridges…I thought I did pretty well to make it three! We are now enjoying the air conditioning in the motel, and preparing to head to a hospital and orphanage to make some donations tomorrow, and to have Sunday School at the orphanage! Hopefully the wifi stays strong, and I will post again tomorrow night… Until then…God bless!

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