Almost 600 professions from intentional evangelism

November 14, 2013

by Norm Miller
SBCToday editor/moderator

In the summer of 2010, God burdened the heart of Pastor Charles Stewart about two matters: the Great Commission and Cana Baptist Church’s implementation of it.

In February 2011, Stewart launched Cana’s “Shattering the Darkness” campaign while preaching an evangelistic message from 1 Corinthians 9:22-23; Acts 1:8-9; and Mark 16:15-16 which was based on LifeWay’s Transformational Church program.

Now nearing the end of 2013, the Burleson church also is nearing 600 professions of faith and has logged more than 100 baptisms.

“The Lord burdened me to lead Cana members to trust him for one soul led to Jesus each week by a church member,” Stewart told the TEXAN. “Frankly, I was uncomfortable in going out on this limb because I believed God wanted the evangelistic effort to be led by the Spirit, not the flesh. God wanted Cana people sharing Christ out of love for the Lord and compassion for the lost, not out of a legalistic fear or loyalty to the pastor.”

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(Ed’s. note: A Tweet like the title of this article was interesting, to say the least, and that led to this story. Pastor Stewart was initially reticent to be interviewed because he did not want to “touch the ark,” as he put it, meaning that he wanted not the least of human credit for this move of God in the church he pastors.
Nonetheless, I am glad Pastor Stewart relented because Cana’s story moved me, and I trust it will move all its readers to see what God will do when a church is properly trained and motivated to “Go ye therefore” and make disciples.)

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Rick Patrick

Brother Charles Stewart was my pastor when I was a member of Southcliff Baptist Church during my first year at Southwestern Seminary in 1990. I have been so richly blessed by this fine pastor. What an amazing testimony of God’s faithfulness when His people are simply obedient to witness.

It is especially exciting to see how Brother Charles prayerfully and carefully keeps the focus on the work of God and not the efforts of man. Truly, to God be the glory! Great things He has done!

    Norm Miller

    Rick: Pastor Stewart was most reluctant for this story to be told. He told me he was a little bothered that his name had to follow all of his quotes, but he certainly understood the journalistic rules of attribution. This was not false humility or fear that some would accuse him of “spiritual belt-notching.’ Rather, he so did not want “man” to get in the way of what he believes is a movement of God at Cana BC. As a pastor, he is exemplary in his efforts to stay out of God’s way.

      Norm Miller

      God reveals his heart for the lost through angels that are more joyous for one repentant sinner than for 99 glory-givers.

Leslie Puryear

This story points out the problem with our ACP only reporting baptisms. I am pleased that more than 100 were baptized and I wish all 600 were baptized, but apparently that is not the case. The mighty work of God in this story is that almost 600 people received Christ as Lord and Savior and is the bigger story than the baptisms. It’s the 600 professions of faith that gives God the greater glory. Unfortunately, we have no way to report the other 500 professions of faith in ACP, thus we do not give God all the glory He deserves. I would love to see the ACP modified to report baptisms and professions of faith.

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