What would happen if every member of Ninth & O Baptist Church increased in faithfulness and intentionality in their commitment to community at church and bold witness to the gospel?
Imagine your neighbor across the street who currently doesn’t attend church experiencing the joy, support, and friendships you enjoy at Ninth & O, all because you invited them to come.
Imagine your unbelieving co-worker hearing about the gospel for the first time through your faithful witness and realizing that it’s for her, too, and that all of her deepest longings are met in Jesus.
Imagine your lost brother-in-law coming to faith in Jesus Christ, joining the church, and becoming a faithful, growing, and contributing member of the body.
Imagine expanding our church facilities to accommodate the increasing numbers of people visiting and joining our church.
Imagine your kids being excited to come to church every Wednesday and Sunday because they’ve developed meaningful friendships as a result of your family’s consistent, faithful church attendance.
Jesus’ love for us calls and compels us to deepen our faithfulness to His church. We want to see these things, and many more like them, begin to happen with such frequency that they seem common place at Ninth & O. How amazing would it be to see the number of guests double or even triple? How wonderful would it be to come to church each week knowing that there will be a baptism because God is saving the lost through the effective witness of faithful members of our church? How marvelous would it be to know that our children are seeing a pattern of faithful attendance, service, and giving not only by their parents, but by all who are members of our church–a pattern by which they can set the trajectory of their own lives.
In 2017, our desire is to grow together in intentional community and witness. We’re calling this vision Pressing In and Reaching Out. We are articulating a fresh clarification of our purpose, values, and vision as a church. We have adopted a new church logo that embodies these values. We have launched this redesigned website that will be of value for our members and non-members alike. But all of these things are simply an aid to us as a church to keep our focus on the primary responsibilities we have. These are not new things. Indeed, all Christians are called to be faithful members of the covenant community we call the church. And all Christians are called to be faithful witnesses to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our desire for 2017 is that we as a church would develop habits of commitment to both of these priorities, and in doing so, to see Ninth & O grow in faithfulness and fruitfulness for the glory of the Father.
It has been said that if we want something we’ve never had, then we must do something we’ve never done. Perhaps this year will mark a turning point for us as a church. But more specifically, our prayer is that this year would mark a turning point for each individual member of the church. We pray that God would use us individually and corporately in Louisville through our faithfulness to His mission.
So let’s Press In and Reach Out together, empowered by the Holy Spirit, preaching the hope of Jesus to the praise of our Father’s glory and grace.