Dear Christian Friends,
It is hard to believe, but another year has passed, and here we are in 2024. HAPPY NEW YEAR! What will 2024 hold for us? I guess it all depends on what we do with it. I was reading a book called “The Gospel Conversational Church” by Sam Greer that said only 1% of Christians believe they have the gift of evangelism. It also said only two percent of church members invite an unchurched person to church. If that represents you or me, then it doesn’t look like there will be much kingdom-building this year. No wonder we are seeing a decline in churches today. This trend must change!
It all begins with you and me. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Do you believe that? If you don’t, then how can you be a Christian? Jesus was born in a stable, and still, the heavens rejoiced. When he was twelve years old, Jesus taught in the temple, and the priests were amazed at his understanding of the scriptures. He fed the multitudes, healed the sick, raised the dead, died on the cross, and Jesus was resurrected back to life in three days. Yes, all things are possible through Jesus! If you are in Him and He is in you, then all things are possible.
In 2024, I encourage you to ask God how he can use you for His glory. There must be a turnaround in the church. I pray we see more in Sunday School, an increase in worship attendance, more baptisms, and more people participating in evangelism, missions, and VBS. God is so good! How can we let Him down?
The Central Baptist Association has two trainings coming up soon that you will want to mark on your calendar and plan to attend. There will be a Deacon Leadership Training on February 17th, from 9:00 in the morning till noon, led by Alan Witham, Central Regional Consultant of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. The location is yet to be determined, but we will have that information soon. The last time we had this event, we had a large turnout. I trust each church will make plans to have their deacons represented. On February 24th, Ron Crow, the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief Director, will lead a Ready Church Training at Temple Baptist Church from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Included in this time frame is lunch and an Active Shooter Training. Our next CBA Executive Board Meeting will be on January 7, 2024, at 2:30 PM at Central Baptist Church in Lebanon. I would like to see each church represented. God bless and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Sincerely in Christ,
Bro. Jay Hatfield