I donâ€™t call them resolutions, but in the new year I canâ€™t help but think about what I want to do more and what I want to do less of in the upcoming year. I like to think of it as a vision for the possibilities for kingdom advancement.
The vision usually centers around flourishing relationships and mobilizing people for kingdom impact. The DBA has a vision/mission statement:
The mission statement of our Association is to bring glory to God through facilitating partnerships between churches to accomplish the Great Commission.
Next comes strategy. What should we do to make this vision a reality? We donâ€™t have all the answers here. I donâ€™t think we must have all the answers. As we see in the Scripture, God often provides strategies and activities that are unorthodox at best, and require a lot of faith. We pray, listen, trust, and work with all our might. We will swing the sword, but the victory will belong to our Lord.
Weâ€™re going to start our year off with a God sized victory. I believe this victory will be so big, we wonâ€™t be able to comprehend it. Our DBA brothers, Dannie Williams, Jeff Scoggins and Scott Morrison will be on mission January 3–14. Some of our neighbors from the Middle Baptist Association are going on the trip as well, Bobby Braswell and Chad Cofield. We are eager for a wave of salvation and church planting to take place. Salvation by the thousands and church planting by the hundreds.
Pray for our brothers and ask our Lord to show his power through the preaching of the gospel. May be shaken and never be the same again and may the work of Satan be defeated in that country.
What victories might we have here at home this year and the next, where the church is established and the ground seems saturated with cultural Christianity?
I tell you this with confidence, we will not be going back to the 1940â€™s and 50â€™s. Weâ€™re in 2019 and heading toward 2020 and we must think about how the never changing truth of the gospel can be communicated through methods that will connect with people in the 21st century. People today want to experience truth, not be told the truth. â€œCome and sitâ€ is no longer a good model for discipleship. Loyalty to something for the sake of duty and responsibility is not the motivating factor that it once was; especially loyalty to things that donâ€™t seem to add value to our lives. People want to be part of a community, through which they experience truth as they live life together. We focus on facilitating the preaching of the gospel to our congregations on Sunday, letâ€™s facilitate the doing of the gospel through our congregations Monday-Saturday in 2019.
May our Lord give us a kingdom vision and our lives be a living sacrifice to make that vision a reality.