We had an absolutely wonderful time working in the harvest in October. We had scores of people participate in the Harvest Day canvassing on October 15th. Only eternity will reveal the fruit of those homes visited, flyers distributed, and hands shaken.
I am especially grateful for the great crew of folks who took part in that vital outreach event. On October 18th our Harvest Day with Dr. Junior Hill was a tremendous blessing. I cannot recall the last day there were that many public decisions on a single Sunday. I am also particularly thankful for Brother Junior's sensitivity in the time of invitation. Sinners were called to salvation and Christians were challenged to obedience and discipleship, particularly in the area of believers' baptism. No gimmicks, no arm-twisting, and no tricks.
When the final count was in 35 public decisions were recorded. 14 individuals publicly professed Christ as Lord and Savior, 20 believers responded to obedience regarding a Biblical baptism and there was 1 additional candidate for membership (not counting those who were saved). For the Emmanuel members who had other unavoidable obligations, you missed a great blessing. For those who had other priorities, you missed a blessing and will one day miss out on an eternal reward.
The beauty of an annual event like Harvest Day is that it calls the church's focus back to soul-winning. It is your pastor's prayer that evangelism would be a constant event in our lives and not merely an annual event on our calendars. The recent sermons and emphases on evangelism have brought both conviction and commitment to this preacher's heart.
I am blessed to be back in the pulpit for the remainder of the year in all services. As November and December roll around it is my intention to move toward completion of our morning study in Revelation and our evening study in Galatians. I pray that you will be here for each service with an open heart, a warm smile, and a Bible.
God is up to some incredible things at Emmanuel. I am blessed beyond words that He (and you) allows me the privilege of serving as your pastor. Andrea and I love you with all of our hearts!