Hearing the Gospel’s call

West Main Baptist Church
Alexandria, Tenn.
Ben Simpson, pastor

Like most any child, 8-year-old Maggie enjoys playing in her kiddie pool. On a recent Saturday, as she was splashing around, Maggie felt the Lord saying to her, “Maggie, it’s time to trust Jesus as your Savior.” The calling from the Lord to salvation was so clear and compelling that she immediately got out of the pool, knelt down beside it, and all by herself surrendered her life in faith and love to Jesus. She then ran inside to tell her mommy what had just happened. Maggie had heard the gospel numerous times over the years from her parents, teachers, and pastor, but on this particular day, she received it.

As she testified to me just before Sunday School the next morning about the experience, her little voice cracked with emotion as she was overwhelmed by the grace of God. What a sweet and fitting thing it was when later, at the end of the preaching service, she came forward during the invitation as the congregation sang “Speak to My Heart” to unashamedly tell the world what God had done for her. He did indeed speak to her heart. Lord willing, we’ll baptize her soon.

West Main Baptist Church takes seriously the evangelization of the children God has given our congregation. In fact, we have what we call our “Watchcare List,” which cites the names of the children of our active church members who have not yet trusted Christ. We regularly pray for their salvation and make the gospel a central point of our children’s and youth ministries. If this is not the practice at your church, I would encourage you to start such a watchcare list, and to regularly pray for the salvation of church members’ children.