Change often causes stress. I believe this is the primary reason change is rejected.
Many people are passionate about their position, and give the idea that there is only one way to accomplish a task - usually the way it's always been done.
Yet, change is necessary for progress. Records and record-players were popular until the advent of 8-track tapes. Personal computers were not readily accepted and now most households have at least one.
And then the World Wide Web was implemented. Many said it was a fad and would be obsolete in a short time, but it doesn't appear to be going away.
What does change have to do with our churches and their ministry? Even though our message is as changeless as the one we represent - Jesus Christ - our methods must change to engage the culture. I believe God is calling California Southern Baptists to recapture our passion for the lost and use every available avenue and opportunity to proclaim the Good News of Jesus.
Paul, in writing to the Philippians, said to forget what is behind and, reaching "forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus."
There are many television outlets in the United States. Recently California Southern Baptists were given an hour a day, five days a week, on a leading Spanish-speaking station in the Central Valley.
Additionally, Alkarma TV is a 24/7 Arabic television station broadcasting over the Internet from a Southern California home. I was amazed at the operation. More than 1.7 million people have visited the station's Web site and reports reveal more than 700 have made professions of faith in Christ.
God is opening doors of opportunity and we must be available to enter so we can tell every man, woman, boy and girl about Jesus. It is time for us to join the Apostle Paul and the Philippians in reaching forward to what is ahead. Let's not look back, but instead, look forward to the "Author and Finisher of our faith"!