What would you do if you knew the future of Northside Baptist Church depended solely on your actions? If Sunday School and Worship Services were canceled when you could not be present, would Northside Baptist Church survive? If others coming to Sunday School and Worship Services depended solely on your invitations, would anyone ever come to church? If others gave based on how much you give would we be able to pay the power bill? Would we be able to adequately staff our ministries? If others gave above the tithe as you do, would we be able to make our building payments or do needed additions and repairs? What about evangelism? How many souls would be won to Jesus if you were the only one witnessing, on a daily basis? How many would we baptize this church year?
I have news for you. As a member of Northside Baptist Church you do have a responsibility for the church’s future. You are not only responsible to your fellow church members, you are responsible to God. When you became a member of Northside Baptist Church, your membership was a commitment. Your faithfulness to support the church by being present is a large part of that commitment. That commitment is to stand no matter the season of the year. The Scripture tells us that no man lives unto himself. Your faithfulness or lack of faithfulness has an impact on those in the church and on those outside the church. You are encouraging people to come into the church or you are encouraging them to stay away. Your faithfulness to be present is to be a blessing to others who come and a challenge to those who do not.
It is your responsibility to be present and to seek others to do likewise. While we encourage families to spend time together and to vacation if possible, we also must call upon you to be present when you are not on vacation. I am very thankful for the faithfulness shown by the members of our church this summer. Now as the summer whines down, we need that faithfulness to continue. We also need others to join us in that faithful response to our loving Lord. The Lord has been and always will be faithful to us, we need to carry out our responsibility to Him. The result will be a growing witness for Jesus.
Thankful for the faithful,