“The more I do it, the more exciting it gets, and the more I want to do it!” These are the words of an older gentlemen who has captured the vision and passion of Christ for lost souls. He is one of many in our church who because of Christ’s last words (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15) are joining the ranks of an empowered community of believers who are commissioned for the gospel! As a matter of fact, the man mentioned above and a deacon went visiting after church last night and saw a dear lady trust Christ as her Savior!
This has been an awesome summer of conflict, conviction, challenge and change in my life! We have seen some interesting things take place at our church of which surprised many, but God has used it to strengthen His church and prepare us for His ministry, the Great Commission. During my first trip to the Spiritual Leadership Conference in Lancaster, CA, back in June, the Lord convicted and challenged me about having a greater heart for the His harvest (Matthew 9:36-37; John 4:35). Upon returning, the Lord led me to have all of our adult Sunday School classes and Teen Class study Dr. Paul Chappell’s book, Out of Commission. We are currently in the middle chapters of this book, and it is being used of the Holy Spirit to convict, challenge and change. This is a final piece of the puzzle after studying Trellis and the Vine and The Exchange. We even have an old “out of commission” truck in our parking lot to remind our folks of how we need to change to being Great Commission people. This past Thursday through Saturday, businessmen from our church gathered at Elijah’s Harbor, Greeneville, TN, with other businessmen to learn how to use their business opportunities to be more an evangelistic center on mission for Christ. How marvelous it is to see the ministry of BCBC change from an inward focus to outward and upward focus of discipleship going-and-teaching (Matthew 28:18-20). We have had our adversaries, but the grace of God is always greater!
Just as our brother said, “The more I do it, the more exciting it gets, and the more I want to do it!” That excitement is growing because our mission is one of light and life! The most exciting event in life is watching a soul be delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, through faith in the cross work and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:13). Yes, it’s getting more and more exciting!!