I love preaching in Oklahoma. It has become a base for literal world outreach through five venues:
- The Soul Winning Workshop.
- A preacher training center as several of our youth ministers have moved on to preach.
- The developing of our own little boys and girls to become missionaries/ministers and business ministers world-wide.
- The transfer of our members "out" through the natural style of families moving on.
- The extensive outreach of Internet....of which, again, God and I had words over as I didn't want it....but fortunately, He won!
Too, I found a most striking surprise. Churches in these states haven't arrived. Some just believe they have. There is much coasting going on among the Bible Belt churches. While they believe they are doing other continents a favor by giving them their financial support and sending a missionary here and there, great lack of the Spirit of Jesus Christ remains in the heavily populated church states. Thus, the Bible Belt is also a mission field. There is need to rescue the saved from the Thief and introduce them to Jesus who calls for Life Abundant.
Jesus is being lost in a religion bearing His name. People are being lost because they cannot reconcile Jesus' association with Christianity. Christianity has become docile, domesticated, civilized. We have forgotten that there is a kingdom of darkness stealing the hopes and dreams and souls of a humanity without God----Erwin McManus.
Here's how I see it: if we've kept instrumental music and women's roles out and the weekly Lord's Supper in, we are faithfully serving God. I say this is simply the symptom of dead churches trying to convince themselves they still stand for something. When Jesus is brought back into the picture, transformation begins at every turn: goals, missions, doctrine, and congregational health. Biblical faith is not a position to stand against; but rather a call to move out, move on, move forward.
Shall we determine to march for His cause?