In December, I asked the congregation of Hickory Grove Baptist Church to join me in imagining and embracing a sharpened vision for our church. This vision calls us to reach beyond our “brick and mortar” buildings and to carry the Gospel more deeply into the community around us and, indeed, to the nations.
I asked them to imagine with me the possibilities that could become reality if we would only commit ourselves firmly to this vision. They enthusiastically responded in agreement!
This Sunday, March 4, we will begin putting feet and legs under this vision so that we can “walk our talk” and turn imagined possibilities into solid mission action.
The +1 Missions Challenge – which we will introduce in our worship services on this Sunday – is designed to engage us more practically and more purposefully in the mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every person who attends Hickory Grove has a place and a role in taking the Gospel to our neighbors, to our nation and into the world. It is time to move from an imagined outcome to a tangible response.
Now is the time. March 4 is the date. Just imagine what we can do!