This podcast was recorded at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 2017 Annual Meeting and focuses on reaching communities. Many churches operate on a “come and see” model rather than with a “go and serve” mindset. This issue is only exacerbated by the fact that in today’s culture, countless people have very little spiritual knowledge or interest. But what if church leaders could empower every family in their congregations to use their sphere of influence to reach their friends and neighbors for Christ? Steve Clark discusses missional communities and how they can be used to reach into spiritually dry neighborhoods. He challenges Christians to be intentional about living out their faith every day and growing in relationship with people in need of Christ.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
Today we’re going to be talking about life communities—living an intentional faith every day. We live in what would be considered the Bible Belt—there’s a church on every corner—and it was just so stunning to us that 45,000 people out of a community of 125,000 people were designated as lost. In Pocket 60, we’re talking almost 30 to 40 percent of the population has no knowledge of God. And our hearts were broken. And we immediately thought [that] we need to do something about this. I remember the Lord speaking to me so clearly: “I’ve got enough churches; I need more disciples.” The truth is disciples make disciples. He began to burden me. This is one aspect of our strategy for reaching the pocket of lostness that kind of fits in every church. It’s called “living an intentional faith every day” or life communities. It’s an intentionality. We’re not looking to add something to the congregation; we’re not going to add another program to your church. We’re asking you to be intentional about living your faith every day. And in so doing, beginning to reach the community that we’re living in. We’re looking at a new paradigm, a different way of thinking. We’ve always been taught the method of going to reach the lost, but the truth is, we’re really about coming and seeing us. We say we’re going to go see the lost, but churches are built on the idea of come and see what we’re doing.
by Steve Clark / Pastor / New Life Authentic Christian Community
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