There are many exciting things taking place here at WEBC. New ministries developing which I believe are inspired by the Lord, that are being made through both members and staff in a unified vision. We are very blessed to see the church growth that is occurring… and we are blessed to be in such a wonderful community!
This Sunday I am preaching an outreach-based sermon, but we will be returning to the book of Revelation to continue very soon (you can keep up with the sermon itinerary in the bulletin now) and as I prepare, I began to think about many things. The title of the sermon comes down through the SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) regarding an outreach effort entitled Who’s Your 1. By the time you read this, I will have preached that sermon and we will have seen the affect. Nevertheless, I wanted to talk to you regarding this effort.
The primary thing that the Lord has laid on my heart at this time is our circle of influence. Every one of us has one… and every one of us are obligated to use that circle for the glory of God. Often those circles are misused among believers when the central focus becomes gossip, mumbling, complaining, sowing discord in the body (the church), or even sowing discord at a workplace, in the community, or really anywhere else. But that is not always the case, sometimes our circles of influence are misused just by neglecting opportunity.
Let me explain. Our circles of influence are available to do with whatever we want. Christ tells us that “where our treasure is, there our heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). James tells us that the tongue is a tattletale of the heart (James 3:1-12) which means that we talk about the things that we are passionate about. If the things that are consuming our heart are negative in nature, our speech will be negative. If the things consuming our heart are positive in nature, we will speak positively. If the things consuming our heart are centered on the gospel, then our speech will be gospel centered. So then, if I am passionate about any one thing in particular, then my tongue will tell on me. Maybe not today, but eventually. The truth regardless of its roots, will always find its way to the surface so that it can blossom and reveal. In all fairness though, everything that we speak about may not be negative, it may not be positive… in fact it could just be neutral, meaning it is neither bad nor good.
This really brings me to my point. From your circles of influence (again everyone has one) when is the last time that someone attended WEBC because of your influence? Not because of a special event, or because of a holiday… but because you influenced them in a positive manner toward the things that God is doing here, whether in your life or someone else’s. This really is the big question. God has called us here to join Him in what He is doing, what an honor and certainly what a privilege. Are you joining Him, or kicking against the goads (Acts 9:5)? Christ has called us to action. Will you join me in joining Christ as we continue to worship Him, to seek Him in His Word, and to minister to one another and the community? Who’s your 1? Pick one person and commit them to prayer and be committed to bringing them to church with you. Not only will they be better for drawing near the cross, you will be stronger for leading them here and the church will continue to get stronger as the Lord continues to increase our numbers through our faithfulness.