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What?

 

It's our 145th anniversary at Ridgeway Baptist Church, and to celebrate God's faithfulness we have set a goal of sharing 145 true gospel witnesses in 2018. What is the best way to keep track of our progress and involve everyone in the fun? A hashtag, of course!

Wikipedia states, “A hashtag (#) is a type of metadata tag used on social networks such as Twitter and other microblogging services, allowing users to apply dynamic, user-generated tagging that makes it possible for others to easily find messages with a specific theme or content…” In common plain language, #rbc145, when typed into a tweet, allows us always to see what others are tweeting on that subject.  But what is the subject?  Ridgeway Baptist Church is turning 145 this year, and we are remembering God’s faithfulness with a goal of sharing the gospel and calling for a response with at least 145 individuals this year!  If you don’t know what a tweet is or simply do not tweet, communicate with the church office if you have the privilege of going through the gospel with someone and asking them if they need to turn to Jesus, who died and rose again for them, for salvation.  Remember, the gospel is technically more information than John 3:16 gives us.  It is summed up in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 most concisely;  “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…”

 

Why?

 

In a Christian culture that seems to be  growing  in its emphasis on material wealth, crowd size, and ill-advised debates on the sovereignty of God and the creaturely freedom of mankind,  we want to do what we are supposed to do—“woe to me if I preach not the gospel…”(1 Cor. 9:16ff).  We want to both honor God’s faithfulness by being faithful and focusing intently upon why God has left the bride of Christ here on earth — to make disciples.  At Ridgeway, we believe that the disciple-making mandate begins with soul-winning, not trying to get people from other churches into a program.

 

Where and When?

 

Wherever and whenever we find ourselves with people, we will need to proactively begin conversations in order to share the gospel.  This is more than asking them if they go to church or asking them diagnostic questions.  These are good things to do but remember the power is in the gospel (Romans 1:16 and 1 Corinthians 1:18).

 

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