In the past few months, we have once again been reminded that we live in an age of lostness, darkness, and need. Since the Fall of mankind, the human story has been filled with tragedy and adversity. We respond with optimism when we see acts of human kindness after natural disasters and evil deeds. But followers of Christ are more than optimists; we are realists who have repented and believed in response to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
In this edition of the Proclaimer, you will read testimonies and real life stories of God’s people proclaiming the Gospel. You will see how the Spirit of God is at work in and through local churches. Over the past few months, hundreds of SBC of Virginia churches have responded by praying, giving, sending, and going to provide hurricane relief and recovery. SBCV churches have united to impact local communities. You will read of opportunities to strengthen and mobilize churches; to pray for church planters and pastors; and to engage the next generation now. You’ll be reminded that in the midst of ministering to the masses, we touch the lives of individuals, families, and communities and we pray that they will have fellowship with us because our fellowship is with the one true God.
You hold in your hands a magazine with multiples stories of God moving and the Gospel being proclaimed. But it is really one story. The story of the one true God, working through His people, proclaiming the only name by which one may be saved. The power of Not Alone is founded in the power of one. We have one Lord and Savior—Jesus. We have one Gospel—His Gospel. We have one mission—to make Jesus known unto the ends of the earth.
As you read the names of various places, people, churches, and opportunities, remember—they are really about one name. That name is Jesus—He is why there is power in Not Alone. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
…that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:3
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