Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Today Is the Day

Today, October 1, marks the beginning of a new adventure for me and for the people of Memorial Baptist Church. Together we have taken a pledge. We have made a year-long commitment to follow Christ in these five practical steps:
  • To pray for the needs of the world.
  • To read through the Bible.
  • To give sacrificially to a Kingdom cause.
  • To go on mission in a cross-cultural setting.
  • To serve as a committed, devoted part of the church.
As you can see, there's nothing really new or radical in these commitments, just the basics of the Christian life. Yet we often struggle in these areas, hung up somewhere between our good intentions and our misplaced priorities, easily distracted and prone toward self-centeredness. What we need is intentionality, consistency, and the encouragement of our friends who are taking this same journey with us.

I was moved to watch as so many of our people, young and old, stepped forward to sign their names declaring their commitment to follow Christ. What a life-changing blessing this will be for each one who participates. I can't help but wonder what God will accomplish through us as we seek to faithfully follow Him together.

Let me invite you, wherever you are, to join us in this one year commitment. Maybe your faith has faltered in the past with lots of starts and stops without ever making much progress. Come take this journey with us. This can be a revolutionary new beginning for you as you take that crucial step, no longer just a fan of Jesus, but becoming a follower of Jesus. Check out our church's website for encouragement and support, the details, resources, and messages you need to keep your pledge. C'mon and go with us. It's going to be a fantastic journey.

Memorial Baptist Church 

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