As Christians, Easter is a very special time for us each year. On Resurrection Sunday, we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death and the salvation that we now have in Him.
However, this Easter season, I would like to invite you to think about those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In our state, we are blessed to have many people living among us who have little or no religious background and may have very confusing beliefs about what Christianity is all about.
The wonderful thing about Easter is that it provides an opportunity to open the door to begin sharing the gospel. As Christ followers, we should not assume that people know why we celebrate Easter, and during this season, people may be more receptive to hearing about the true meaning and implications of Resurrection Sunday.
Here at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, we have some excellent resources for sharing the gospel with non-believers. One such resource is “The Story” material, which can be found online at viewthestory.com. It is also available in pamphlet form so that you may carry it with you to share the gospel with others.
I recently had an opportunity to use The Story to introduce the gospel to a young woman who had a Muslim background. I was attending a conference in California and was walking around one afternoon, when I saw a woman standing outside. I began engaging her in conversation, asking her if she had any religious beliefs.
It was then that she she shared with me that she was Muslim, but that she had not been active in her faith since she came to the United States. When I began speaking about my own belief in the gospel, she told me that she had many questions. I could tell she was searching for truth.
Because I carry in my pocket copies of The Story, I was able to share the highlights of God’s story with her. I left the pamphlet with her that afternoon, and even though I did not get to lead her to Christ that day, I was blessed with the opportunity to plant a seed for the gospel.
I share my own experience with you because I have seen first-hand how scarce knowledge of the gospel is in our state and nation. It should break our hearts when we think of those around us who do not know the Lord and do not have the joy of eternal life in Him. This Easter season, please join me in sharing the message of the gospel with those who might not know the Lord. Even if you do not have the opportunity to witness a salvation decision, every conversation you have about the saving power of Jesus Christ will plant a seed. The apostle Paul reminds us of the process of leading a person to Christ when he said in I Corinthians 3:6: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.”
by Milton A. Hollifield Jr. / Executive Director-Treasurer / Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
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