Carrying forth the Great Commission

TAYLORS, S.C. (BP)--My predecessor as Southern Baptist Convention president, Dr. Bobby Welch, constantly reminded Southern Baptists of the need to be winning souls to Christ.

One would think that we would not have to be reminded of something as important as that. However, I know and you know that we constantly need that reminder and need to encourage one another in the ministry of soul-winning.

One of the great blessings of being president of the SBC is to be able to travel a great deal and share Christ with an amazing number of people across the nation and around the world. I appreciate churches that are seeking diligently to share the Good News of Christ in traditional as well as in non-traditional ways. If we are going to connect with our culture today, we have to continue to seek every possible avenue through which we can share the Gospel.

One of the ways that our church has been able to touch our community for Christ is through Good News Clubs that meet in schools after hours. Currently, we sponsor two Good News Clubs, and one of our church plants sponsors yet another. This ministry has been a great way to share the Gospel with children, some of whom never darken the doors of any church.

Recently, a young girl in our community prayed to receive Christ as her Lord and Savior. Prior to that, she said, "No one had ever told me about Jesus and that there was someone who died to take away my sins." In an area like Greenville, S.C., which is so saturated with churches, we would think that no one would ever make such a claim. The truth is that there are people all around our world who are ready to hear the Gospel, but no one has yet told them.

Our church partners with a great ministry called Child Evangelism Fellowship, a worldwide outreach to children. I rarely use this venue to promote other ministries other than our Southern Baptist ministries. However, on this occasion, I am delighted to commend to you the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship. They are great partners in sharing the Good News with precious children.

Whatever method you use, I encourage you to be involved in sharing the Good News of Christ with people. People will listen and respond to the Good News, even in the 21st century. As one preacher of yesteryear said when talking with someone who was condemning his methods, "I like what I do better than what you don't."

Let us make sure that we are doing something to share the Good News of Christ in such a way that honors His name and shares the Good News clearly and powerfully with our lost world.


Frank Page is president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C.