Dear fellow pastors and church leaders,
This weekend is a huge opportunity. Huge. Don’t miss it.
This Sunday, there will be people in your pews who come once a year. Make sure they hear about Jesus.
I have been praying for you, us, all week. That God would give us boldness, courage, and a passion for His salvation to come this weekend. I’ve been praying against timidity, fear, and the temptation to “give them what they want” instead of what they need. (Hint: They need a Savior.)
My concern is that many preachers will view the upcoming weekend as a chance to grow their church. “If I preach a good one, maybe they’ll come back next week.” This weekend, even though you’ll probably have a packed house, put your concern for attendance at your own church on the back burner and be concerned with growing the kingdom by saving souls. Don’t depend on your content to get them to come back. Depend on the work of God in their hearts. If you get them with a good sermon, you’ll lose them with a lousy one. If God gets their heart, He’s got them forever.
As a baseball fan, it is frustrating to see your favorite team stand at the plate and watch strike three drift by them. This weekend is a slow moving curve, hanging over the center of the plate. Swing for the fences. Preach the gospel. Be expectant. Be prepared. Fill up your baptistery Saturday night in anticipation. Trust God to move and save.
Don’t miss it.
2 Timothy 4:1-5