From Our Pastor, Robert Miller:
Who’s Your One?
Growing up in church, I always looked forward to the Fall and
Spring Revivals. I am old enough to remember two-week revivals.
Usually, we also had a Youth Revival in the summer. The music
was a faster beat. The guest evangelists were always powerful. The
small churches I grew up in always had folks saved.
When I began serving churches over forty years ago, that was our
model. We would have guest musicians and evangelists a couple of
times a year and usually work in a Youth Revival sometime during
the year. We had folks saved; and between revivals’, we would
encourage the new believers to get in Sunday School and some
type of discipleship program. I have to confess that I miss those
First Baptist Texas City is still remembered for the Starlight
Crusades held in the football stadium in the ’70s and ’80s. The
problem is that lost folks quit coming to revivals. Some blame the
abuses of tv evangelists; others, that we were too manipulative
in our approach. There is probably some truth in both. The only
revivals I have known of the past twenty years have been geared
more for saved folks than lost people.
Just because our best method for evangelism is no longer effective
doesn’t mean we are not to do evangelism. That is why we are
going to have an evangelism emphasis for the rest of August. We
are asking that every member of First Baptist Church identify a lost
person. Pray for them. Engage with them. Then invite them to Christ or at least invite them to church. If you read the New Testament, this is the method that the early church used; and it was the most effective in church history. I can’t wait to see the results of God’s people witnessing for Jesus Christ!