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Perspective - September 2010
It can be difficult to focus when everything around you is crying for attention. When this occurs, I find it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand.

It can be difficult to focus when everything around you is crying for attention. When this occurs, I find it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand.

Many questions come to mind in this process: is the distraction urgent, important or just another voice to take me off mission? Is it important enough to pray about as I respond or is it another sidebar issue which has no connection to the urgent task at hand?

In Acts 1:8 we are given clear instructions to witness in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the world. We slow down often to listen to the voices of negativity and discouragement, but miss the opportunity to stop long enough to obey the command and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I believe the only answer and solution to the world's problems are in a personal relationship with Christ. Christians sometimes devote attention to politics, social issues or personal agendas and lose focus on telling others about Jesus. In losing focus, we do not respond to those around us who are crying out for a solution to their problems.

I believe the most important issue on my to-do list is to help men and women, boys and girls hear and respond to the gospel, and guide them to a church family where they can grow and become witnesses to others of God's grace.

Every year we bemoan the fact that churches are losing ground. We spend our time analyzing, evaluating and investigating the reasons why. The solution is very simple: we need to reach more people.

What would happen if each CSBC pastor led his congregation to reach one person a week for Christ? That would result in CSBC's 2,100 churches reaching 109,200 persons annually. Assuming 50 percent of those were baptized, we would celebrate 54,600 baptisms, or 4.5 times as many as were reported in 2009.

If we look at the SBC through the same filter, with 45,000 churches we could celebrate 2.3 million salvations and almost 1.2 million baptisms, more than three times the number reported in 2009.

Frankly, this is not an astronomical number, but one that only a handful of congregations achieves annually. I am optimistic that the result would be a transformation of lives nationwide for Christ.

We must regain focus on the Christ who saved us and calls us to reach millions in His name. Let's join together in our community of churches in reaching the world in California.


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Last Published: August 30, 2010 11:29 PM