Allen Rea, pastor
Dunn Memorial Baptist Church
Yesterday morning, a family of four walked down the aisle during our altar call. The parents expressed their desire to move their letter to join our growing congregation. Their two children had been led to concern over their sin and need for a Savior at a VBS last year. The joy in such an event as this is simply phenomenal. Their father helped lead them to Christ in the Sinner’s Prayer and had been encouraging them to follow in believer’s baptism.
I feel joy inexpressible to see a family take discipleship so seriously. However, my cup indeed runneth over, for on March 30th, I will have the pleasure to baptize four born again children. One of which is my oldest daughter. All four were led in a Sinner’s Prayer by their father. All four will be discipled by our church and their parents.
What happened yesterday morning was simply the icing on the cake. The church spent two full days this weekend at the “Peaches to Beaches” yard sale. We were raising money for one of our college students to spend the summer in Asia. We are never content to remain idle. In the hustle and bustle of God tripling our goal, we gave away 1,000 tracts. We looked everyone in the eye and said, “Jesus died for you.” The tracts carried names like W.A. Criswell and Adrian Rogers. Some of the tracts we passed out were simply index cards wit the Roman Road written on them. Every tract was accompanied with a card noting the address and worship times of our congregation.
We are also blessed with an understanding of service. Therefore, we handed out 500 ice cold bottles of water. and told people the gift was “in Jesus’ Name.”
I cannot speak to results. However, there is a Traditional Southern Baptist pastor in Atlanta that has always spoken of concentrating on obedience and not results. I believe he is right. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.”
Will they come to our church? Will we ever see them again?
I am thankful to pastor a church where the Great Commission has not become the great omission.