Day 21 | Do Something You've Never Done Before
BY PASTOR RON ENGET | NEW LIFE LEAD PASTOR
John 12:1-8 tells the story of Mary pouring a very expensive bottle of perfume on Jesus feet as an act of worship. This perfume was worth an entire year’s wage. Yet Mary was willing to take this extra-ordinary action to prove her love for Jesus. She did something she had never done before!
In a similar way, I believe it is time for believers to go the extra mile to help Jesus fulfill his dream in America— the establishment of new church plants across the region.
We are living in a very critical time in history According to many, we are living not in a Christian nation, but in a “Post Christian” nation. This once great land of ours has fallen from the ideals and principles of our founding fathers.
The statistics tell the same story. A Huffington Post article stated that 9,500–10,000 Christian churches are closing every year in America. Other sources say 4,000-5,000 churches close yearly—for every 1,000 new church plants. Either way, our nation is quickly embracing secularism, humanism, and atheism- even socialism and communism- instead of Christianity.
Most startling of all, 2.5 million people in America walk away from church and Christianity every single year. This group is multiplying so fast it’s hard to keep track of them.
Is there any hope for revival and restoration? I believe there is, but it will only happen when our nation returns to God! This includes prayer, repentance, evangelism, and a commitment to plant thousands of new churches across North Dakota and America.
In 2007 I had a supernatural encounter with God— I heard him speak very forcibly to me, “Don’t let America die”. I was not sure what it all meant, but after research I found out that America has lead the missions movement for about 100 years! If America goes down, world missions almost come to a standstill.
I grieve for the spiritual state of America. We must plant churches! We must get out of our comfort zones and do everything we can in our power to co-operate with the Holy Spirit and plant numerous churches across North Dakota and the United States.
On February 3 we receive a “Breakthrough Offering.” The money will be used in each location (Bismarck, Jamestown, and Beulah) for local Kingdom expansion and to help us plant churches in yet other locations. We are sending 3 couples to plant a church in Billings, Montana, and we are need of some miraculous funds to acquire a church building in Bismarck.
Every year we see dozens of people saved and discipled at New Life. Church planting is the #1 way to reach new people. We are a church planting movement. New church plants are 3-5 times more effective in winning souls than an existing church that is 10 years of age or older.
I plead with you— don’t let America die. Give your best offering to help us expand locally and plant a new church in a new location. Help us reach people that are lost and eternally damned without a living relationship with Christ.
Most of our families can participate at the $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, or $1,000 levels. Others can even do more. Just pray and obey the Lord. Make a faith commitment, even if you can’t pay it all right away (this is a two year commitment). Many give a cash offering on Breakthrough Sunday and bring the remainder as the Lord provides throughout the next two years. Like Mary, do something you’ve never done before as an act of worship to Jesus. (If you would like to give online, please click the button below.)
Stretch your faith. Do your best. God’s Word promises you will be supernaturally blessed financially, and many other ways throughout the year, because of your willingness to sacrifice on His behalf and help God fulfill His #1 dream!
The Best is Yet to Come!
Lead Pastor Ron Enget