It goes without saying, the religious landscape has changed considerably since Covid-19. For some reason, churches have been the hardest hit, with many closing. In fact, for those who survived, many are still attempting to recover (three years later). No one can put a finger on exactly what happened, and why Covid-19 seems to be the definitive line in the sand-but here we are. That describes what happened inside the religious world. On the outside, the picture is even more grim. On the surface, it appears there has been a general shift among the populace away from God, and anything that represents Him. The challenge of the church to reach the lost for Christ, appears to be greater now than ever before. This has left those interested in evangelism paralyzed because we just can’t figure out how to ”crack the code.” Surely, there must be someone out there who is interested in God. It’s hard to conceive all among the lost have contemplated their relationship (or lack thereof) with God; and decided “no thank you” to God and his kingdom.
With all this said, there are two facts that remain. First, nothing happens without the full knowledge and permission of God. Second, the call of Jesus in Matthew 28 (known as the Great Commission) still remains. In 2023, the words of Jesus to seek and save the lost, remain our marching orders and we are dedicating 2023 to answer that call. For the next few Wednesday nights, we are dedicating our time to learning how to become more effective in reaching the lost. We now have printed materials, which when combined with techniques we are learning, makes us all confident in personally sharing the gospel. This is something new, which has us excited about the future of the congregation. We are hoping all members of the congregation will participate in making this a huge success. All the pieces are now in place. All that is missing is YOU. Won’t you come and join us in embracing the call of God?
See you Wednesday night!