Bold Statements

I like bold statements. I like swagger. I like the confidence that comes from knowing you’re right and believing you have the skill and resources necessary to win the day. When I watch football there’s something about seeing my favorite running back push through a pile of thousand pound giants into the end zone to score a touchdown that makes me want to jump up and spike my TV remote!

There’s something special about bold statements and the will to achieve them. I serve at First Baptist Church Owasso. We’ve made some bold statements.

  • We will not be the church that prays small prayers. We will ask God to do the impossible and recognize that if God doesn’t come through, all is lost.
  • We will be the church that goes out of its way to reach people with the love of Jesus. We will go places we’ve never been before and do things we’ve never done before in order to share the gospel with people we’ve not yet met.
  • We will be a generous church. We will give more than we think we can afford and trust God to provide. We will recognize that we are tremendously blessed and that because we have been given much we can give much. We will not shy away from trying to meet the needs of as many people as God entrusts to us. We will be the church that serves people and serves other churches.
  • We will be the church that beats the odds. We will value our relationships more than our own rights or opinions. We will be quick to repent and quick to forgive. Like John 13:35, the world will know we are His disciples because of our love.
Those are some bold statements. Before the ‘we’ is the ‘I’ – before ‘we’ are the church that becomes these things ‘I’ must be the one to do these things.
  • Our church will see answers to impossible prayers when I begin to call on God for impossible things.
  • Our church will connect people with the gospel when I connect with people and love them like Jesus does.
  • Our church will be a generous church when I give generously to the church and to others.
  • Our church will beat the marriage and relationship odds when I value my relationships more than my own rights or opinions.
Bold statements + bold actions = the epic stories we love to hear.
5 replies
  1. donna williams
    donna williams says:

    those are bold statements.. However jesus mad a bold statement to us about ministry and witnessing in Acts 1:8 when he said this…. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” his bold statement is NOT in this order…ends of the earth, then samaria, then judea, then jerusalem…..We are told by Jesus to begin at home and in our local communities, then bridge out. How can we help the world when we dont help those around us locally. We are falling apart in this country but yet ministry is being directed to other countries or “the ends of the earth”. We are incredibly unbalanced. I know that there are many people in our congregation that care very deeply for our local community. They dont know how or where to help because the focus is on far away missions. This is wrong. We need to fix this and soon. God is working and if we as a church dont realign our focus with God, we will miss out on joining HIM in HIS work. Thats it.

  2. Chad Balthrop
    Chad Balthrop says:

    Hey Donna,

    I appreciate the comments, but I have to disagree with you. We are reaching into and ministering to our community. Only recently have we begun sending teams regularly overseas. If we’ve been out of balance it’s been that we’ve ignored the samaria and ends of the earth parts of the statement. The realignment hasn’t taken anything away from our current local ministries and missions. The greatest challenge with a church like ours is also our greatest blessing. We have a thousand good opportunities and ministries to support and participate in. The challenge and the blessing is that within our church are people who are passionate about each area of ministry and we actually have the time and resources to support every aspect of them if we manage our time and resources well. I believe we are accomplishing both/and…during some seasons you will hear more about one ministry over another – then the season will change and we’ll talk about another…and another. God’s doing good things here at home and around the world and, as a church, we can be (and are) involved wherever he leads.

  3. Chad Balthrop
    Chad Balthrop says:

    BTW…the statement – “We will go places we’ve never been and do things we’ve never done in order to share the gospel with people we’ve not yet met.” isn’t exclusive to world missions. There are people right here in our own community to which it applies. Your work at Mission Owasso introduces you to people that you would encounter otherwise. Sometimes going someplace we’ve never been means going to the other side of the street. You’re doing that and doing well!

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