Why a Big Day?

whats_the_pointNo one has asked this question, but it may be helpful if I attempt to answer it. Why Community Sunday? Why Armed Forces Appreciation Sunday? Why a Christmas Musical? Why an Easter Musical? Why a big day?

1. “[They] filled Jerusalem with their doctrine.” (Acts 5:28)
There was an accusation made against the early church there in Jerusalem. The accusation was that they had filled Jerusalem with their doctrine.

One outworking of a big day is that there is a concentrated effort where the entire church body works together to get the word out about the big day. It’s always a little bit easier to give more and do more when we know there is a deadline involved. For instance, we need to pass out all 25,000 flyers before this date. When we all pitch in we’re helping fill our “Jerusalem” with our doctrine – the Bible’s teaching of Jesus Christ!

I can assure you our community knows a little more about Bethel Baptist and our specific doctrine because of the Armed Forces Appreciation. How could one not know our doctrine with the Gospel clearly presented in the service and then written on each flyer?

Wouldn’t it be great if we had to plead guilty to the charge of filling the greater Quakertown area with our doctrine?

2. “…for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry.” (Ephesians 4:12)
The phrase “perfecting of the saints” gives the idea of the maturing of the saints. Big days allow more people to get involved with the work of the ministry. When we schedule something that is so big that it’s going to take lots and lots of people to accomplish we are helping people reach their full potential for Christ. People who wouldn’t normally serve, “step up to the plate” and see God use them in a tremendous way!

3. “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel….” (Mark 16:15)
Big days are a microcosm of what ought to be happening on a regular basis in our lives and in our church. It’s great to have 1,000 people in church and it’s thrilling to see 150 unsaved people in attendance, but the purpose of a big day is to help set the standard. What a blessing to see souls saved. What a blessing to see a lady accept Christ this past Sunday! We should be working hard each week to reach people. We should be praying weekly to see people saved. These big days really do help set the standard for our evangelistic work ethic, our spirit of anticipation and our prayer life.

So what about Armed Forces Appreciation Sunday, Community Sunday, the Christmas Musical and the Easter Musical and the myriad of other smaller events we attempt? Are they worth it? Absolutely!

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