Share the hope of the resurrection

by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSCNC Executive Director-Treasurer

Friday, March 23, 2018

In the coming days, the world will recognize and celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. While Easter is a day of joy and celebration of Christ’s victory over sin, death and hell for believers, for those who don’t know Christ, it can be a season marked by questions or confusion about what it truly means to have a personal relationship with the risen Christ.

With more than 5.8 million lost people living in North Carolina, Easter provides a tremendous opportunity to proclaim what Christianity is all about both personally and corporately in our worship services leading up to Easter Sunday. 

Many living among us right here in our state have little or no religious background, or they are from a different faith or religious background, or they may be indifferent toward the gospel and Christianity. However, during the Easter season people are generally more open and receptive to hearing and learning about Christ’s life, death, burial and resurrection, and why we as followers of Him place so much emphasis on the resurrection.

I pray that we as North Carolina Baptists would be sensitive to those that God brings across our paths and sensitive to leading of the Holy Spirit in engaging them in gospel conversations.

Consider inviting friends, family members or coworkers to Easter services at your church. We know that during the Easter or Christmas season people who are unchurched are more open to attending church services than at any other time of the year. Simply inviting someone to attend an Easter service with you is a great start to beginning an ongoing dialogue about Christ.

Pastors and church leaders, pray that God would bring those who don’t yet know Him to your church on Easter Sunday. Strongly encourage your congregation to invite their family, friends or neighbors to attend. Begin making plans now for an influx of guests, and encourage your members, volunteers and staff to do all they can to create a warm and welcoming environment to your church. And pastors, I will be asking God to help you present the gospel with clarity and conviction.

Petition the Holy Spirit to begin even now to work in the hearts of unbelievers and pray that they would respond to the proclamation of God’s Word in faith and repentance. I would enjoy reading an email from you telling me about the great things God did through your church family during this special season. My address is [email protected].

As we look forward to Easter Sunday, remember and reflect on the glorious grace that we have been given and eternal life that we have been granted because of Christ’s work on our behalf and in our place. To God be the glory!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy and has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” — 1 Peter 1:3 (NKJV)