Taken from the Pastor’s Corner in MBBC church paper September 3, 1971
THE DRAMA OF REDEMPTION…
is more exciting than anything on TV. Last Sunday night, as you know, I baptized Mr. and Mrs. Teny Barnes. After Mrs. Barnes was baptized she stood on the steps beside Joanne to watch her husband. As I buried Mr. Barnes beneath the water, Mrs. Barnes said, “Thank you, Jesus.” And I want to say the same, ”Thank you Jesus” for making all things new, for bringing joy unspeakable and full of glory into human life. As Jack Schoeppey said after the service, “it’s great to be in a church where things are happening.”
SUMMER ENDS ON A GLORIOUS NOTE
With extra chairs brought in and people still unable to find a seat, last Sunday brought to a close a great summer. Among the notable things God did was in the area of finances. We ended the summer with ALL bills paid, mission giving up to par and a little left over. That’s never happened before in the history of our church.
And what’s even more interesting–at the same time the economic situation on the individual level has been lousy. Many of our people have been out of work, we’ve lost several families because they could no longer find employment in the Dallas -Ft. Worth area and yet–our church finances have never been better.
The only explanation is God. All this shows that WHEN YOU HAVE A LORDSHIP CAMPAIGN YOU DON’T NEED A STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN.
At the beginning of this fiscal year we decided that God has unmistakably demonstrated to MBBC that HE will meet our needs by grace through faith. We rejected the idea of a Stewardship campaign and trusted in God alone through believing prayer. Praise His Holy Name! It’s not a miracle, it’s God simply doing what He said He would.
PRAYER GROUPS CONTINUE TO GROW
One of the most blessed results of Revival has been the spontaneous springing up of prayer groups within our fellowship. One grew to such proportions they had to split into three more prayer groups! I believe this is the secret to continuing revival in our church.
“From the day of Pentecost, there has been not one great spiritual awakening in any land which has not begun in a union of prayer, though only among two or three; no such outward, upward movement has continued after such prayer meetings have declined.” A.T.Pierson
“‘THE LORD MADE ME DO IT”
That’s the testimony of more and more each week as they share with me their FIRST Witnessing experience. Of course, this is only the normal result of the fullness of the Spirit. Continue to pray that the Lord of the Harvest will thrust laborers into His harvest, It’s happening.
©2002 Ron Dunn. Used by permission of LifeStyle Ministries. This article is copyrighted and is for your individual use. Reproduction for any other purpose is governed by copyright laws and is strictly prohibited. This material originally appeared in the MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church newsletter.