March 2020

In just a little more than two weeks, we will be having our annual Mission’s Conference at Crossgate, and this year our focus will be on reaching Muslims.  Now some of you may not find this subject particularly intriguing. After all, you don’t even know any Muslims, so why should you make the effort to come to a conference that focuses on this? Well, let me suggest a couple of reasons why you should be interested in this and why you need to participate in this conference.

First, we need to be interested in reaching Muslims because God is.  According to a study done in 2015, there were 1.8 billion Muslims in the world, representing at that time 24.1% of the world’s population.  That is a lot of people who are on that broad way that leads to eternal destruction.  If we don’t care about these people – if it doesn’t bother us that this many people are going to Hell – then that says a lot about the condition of our hearts.  It says that we’re really not in tune with God and aligned with what He is doing in the world.  

If I were to ask each of you if you are interested in growing spiritually, I have no doubt that all of you would say that this is absolutely what you want.  You want to know God better – you want to be better acquainted with His Word – you want to serve Him to the best of your ability. This is why you come to church, and participate in Focus Groups, Bible studies, prayer meetings, etc. But here’s what a lot of people don’t seem to understand – if you are really growing spiritually – growing as a true disciple – you will inevitably become more interested in reaching the lost, both locally and around the world.  If you’re only concerned about what God can do for you and how He can help you personally, then you’re off track and not where God wants you to be. Your spiritual growth will be stifled “big time” if you shut out the world and focus on your personal needs. 

A second reason to participate in this conference is because we as a body are involved with Muslims through the missionaries that we support.  We support pastors in The Gambia who are reaching their Muslim community with the Gospel.  We support Ozgur and Allison who are reaching Muslims in Turkey, along with Turgay, who will be with us for our conference. And then there is Boonchu, our missionary who is reaching Muslims in Thailand.  Muslims are everywhere today – even on the Clemson campus. We need to better understand what they believe so that we’re not only prepared to engage them in conversation, but also so we can more effectively pray for our missionaries who are on the frontline in this battle.  

So don’t let this opportunity slip by you.  Satan will want to keep you away and may present you opportunities to do things that seems a little more fun.  But don’t give in to his seduction. Make this a priority and I’m confident that we’ll all be blessed!

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