Mission 1:8 Generation Now Devotional | 2018 - Day 1
Partners with God in Ministry
By Ben Lovvorn
“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”2 Timothy 2:2
Mission 1:8 Generation Now is our strategy as a church to focus on our calling to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the next generation. God has called each of us to leave a legacy, and the way we leave a legacy is by discipling, equipping, training, and mobilizing the children God will bring to First Dallas. These children and young adults will become the future leaders of the church and will continue our mission to transform our world with God’s Word…one life at a time.
Have you ever thought about the fact that God could choose to fund His kingdom’s work in any way He wanted to? If He wanted to, He could miraculously deposit $82 million into our church’s checking account. But that’s not God’s plan. God wants us to partner with Him in ministry. He wants to use us as an active part of His plan to grow His kingdom.
God doesn’t need our help to save people, but He asked us to partner with Him in the ministry of sharing the gospel and teaching God’s Word. Romans 10:14 and 17 say, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” God’s plan is for us to partner with Him in making disciples.
Giving to God’s kingdom work is the starting place for experiencing God’s blessing in your life. Some of you reading this are new to the faith. Maybe you don’t give anything, or perhaps you give very little to God’s work. Others of you already give, and many of you give generously. At First Dallas, we each have a part to play. Will you prayerfully consider what you will invest in Mission 1:8 Generation Now?
We want every member of our church to be a fully surrendered steward, meaning that the way we live our lives acknowledges that everything we have and are belongs to God. For everyone at First Dallas, the question to ask ourselves is this: “What would God have me do next as I grow in my giving?”
Questions for Thought
- Are you a fully surrendered steward with your time, talent, and treasure?
- How can you take a step toward growing in your giving and your overall stewardship?
Ben serves by leading and overseeing the ministries and operations of First Baptist Dallas as the Executive Pastor. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University and a B.B.A. from Hardin-Simmons University. He and his wife, Parris, have four boys.