Posted on December 15, 2020 8:00 AM by Eric Taylor
Categories: Missions
The mission of God is simple: to glorify Himself by giving eternal life to everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ. The question is, are God’s people committed to His mission of redeeming a people for Himself? Is the church of Jesus today committed to seeing, “all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9)? Well, our lesson for this week shows us why we can, and should, be committed to God’s mission.

First, we are committed to God’s mission because of God’s promise of salvation. When one reads verses 9-10, there is no question as to how one is saved. When, by faith, a lost person confesses “Jesus is Lord” and believes in their “heart that God raised Him from the dead,” they are “saved.” In the Roman world, the requirement was to proclaim, “Caesar is Lord.” But for the genuine follower of Christ the one who “believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness” and by faith “confesses with the mouth,” is saved by the great grace of God. And while some want to debate the issue of “Lordship salvation,” there is no debating the fact, that a requirement for salvation is to “believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.” In other words, if one denies the literal death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ they are not born again. Besides, 1 Corinthians 15:14-17, makes it clear that without the literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus we are not saved, and are still lost in our sins.

Second, we are committed to God’s mission because of the reach, or scope of salvation. In other words, verses 11-13 tell us that God saves everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ. You see this in words like “Whoever” (v. 11), and “all.” Second Peter 3:9 says that God is “long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all come to repentance.” This is why we “go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

Third, we are committed to God’s mission in reaching the lost, because He calls out His messengers. In the last section of verses, Paul reminds the reader that the only way the lost hear is through faithful messengers willing to go and preach the Good News. In other words, God calls His people to” go and make disciples of all peoples” (Matt. 28:19). There are great multitudes of people in our world today, who have not yet heard. Every year, I have the privilege of traveling to South Asia, where I consistently encounter people who have never heard a clear Gospel presentation. People who have no Bible, no Christian friends, and no exposure to Christianity as we do in Tennessee. However, that reality has come home. I recently stood before a group of High School students after giving each of them a Bible, only to learn that for some of them, it was the first Bible they had ever received, and the first time they had heard the Gospel.

We have been called by God to carry the Good News to a lost and dying world. Let’s recommit ourselves to God’s mission of saving sinners for His glory.
--Eric Taylor is the pastor of Cedar Hill Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, Tenn. This article first appeared in Baptist & Reflector, Nov. 28, 2020.
Posted on September 29, 2020 8:00 AM by Jason McKinney
You are not a failure.
There’s plenty telling you otherwise. You’ve fought a temptation to feel like you’re a failure. Someone might have even offered proofs that you’re one, not
that you can’t offer even better proofs.
First, you were called to follow Jesus. You’re a follower. Visions of grand leadership aside, you’re not the head guy. It’s not on you. You can’t fail God if He’s
not counting on your success.
Second, you were called to be a fisher of people. Regardless of the rise or fall of whatever great programs in 2020, your role is unchanged. You’re His follower and fisher; you’re His new creation and His ambassador. Forget failure. Our win is to abide in the Spirit and to make Him known to others. So don’t carry the burden of fighting for success, and don’t cast it on those around you. Instead, embrace the identity in Mark 1:17.
Living and leading thus freed, enable others likewise. They too may experience the same identity to abide and make disciples. Pastors and elders are to equip them in doing so, right?
Our upcoming cohort will wrestle with the implications of such an identity for ourselves as leaders and our approaches to generational disciple-making. 
--Jason McKinney is CABA's church planting coach. He also pastors One Church Cincinnati. 
Posted on June 1, 2020 7:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
Have you visited that Indian Restaurant takeout by the gas station in Eastgate? It’s about as authentic as Indian lunch buffets in Colerain and Sharonville. Have you been making friends with the owners of the Moroccan restaurant in Northside? Oh, and don’t forget about that Turkish upscale restaurant in West Chester. The owner will come out and talk with you personally. The Vietnamese restaurant in Norwood was so much fun to visit with a Nepali-speaking Bhutanese pastor. Did you know that according to the Yellow Pages, there are 16 Vietnamese restaurants in Cincinnati? And not one Southern Baptist church is predominately Vietnamese?
All around the Cincinnati Area, there are restaurants run by first generation immigrants. They want to talk with you. They want your patronage, for sure, but they’re open to talking about their faith, too.
Years ago, the police urged us to take a bite out of crime. In these ethnic restaurants, you can take a bite out of lostness.
--Mark Snowden serves CABA as the Director of Missional Leadership
Posted on February 4, 2020 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
A family friend is third generation Hong Kong Chinese. She is as American as my daughter. Although her race is Chinese-American, I would never have witnessed to her with a Cantonese language JESUS film or encouraged her to join a Chinese church. She was culturally American. She and her family were an active part of our church.

Race and culture are two different things.

Spiritual gifts inventories used by some churches help believers identify potential church involvement. It is often referred to as helping people “assimilate.” But in a conversation with a respected Korean Baptist leader, I learned that “assimilation” is a terrible word to many foreigners living among us. This godly Korean man patiently explained that first-generation immigrants fear losing their ethnic identity. Believers seek to follow Christ and at the same time retain their own culture that doesn’t contradict with the Bible. And those who assimilate are considered on the fringe and lose credibility.

So, how do we respect Leviticus 19:34? “You must regard the foreigner who lives with you as the native-born among you. You are to love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh your God” (HCSB).

Jim Slack, an IMB missiologist–and anthropologist by training–explained it to me that when dominant cultural church groups–whites, Hispanics, blacks, whomever–expect people to become like them to get along in their church. Jim point out that a dominant church culture “seals off” other cultures from coming to Christ. We too often assume that the foreigner among us must give up their identity and take on the culture of our dominant group.

If you’ve seen Star Trek: The Next Generation, you’ll remember the ship’s captain was taken captive by the Borg, a giant floating space colony. “Resistance is futile” was the catch phrase as cultural distinctions were replaced by conformity.

When we as a dominant culture permeate a group of believers, we unconsciously expect everyone to enjoy our experience in the Lord just like we do. And while that may work for worship, disciple-making needs to take place at a different level; a heart-level.

A Muslim immigrant living in Virginia converted to Christianity through the help of the girl that he was dating. She wanted him in her Sunday School class in our predominately Anglo church, but the curriculum they used did not disciple him as a “MBB;” a Muslim Background Believer. He soon left and joined in with other MBBs.

An African-American pastor in Los Angeles told me, “Six Nicaraguan young men attending my church barely understand English. Our church’s worship styles are alien to them.” And to let me know that he really got it, he said, “So, I will begin working with them to start a Nicaraguan church.”

As a learning exercise in Albemarle, North Carolina, I sent out participants to interview “people who are not like them.” The church leader thought everyone was a lily-white Southerner. It surprised him that Buddhist Laotians were encountered at a local laundromat. In Lansing, Michigan, a survey group I was in found thousands of Mexicans in one housing project. In each case, they had become sealed off from Baptist churches because of their deeply-held cultural convictions.

Church is more than one hour and then heading out to the restaurants. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.” While it may be true, it didn’t get that way and stay that way by accident. A church planting consultant at NAMB once observed that there are few truly multi-cultural SBC churches in America. Again, race is different from culture.

If you desire your church to welcome culturally-diverse people, expect there to be “worldview” distinctions. This requires training church members as missionaries. By adopting a people group to study, they will understand whether to bring them into an existing church or start a new one around cultural realities.

Let’s work hard to understand and show Christ’s love to those different from us.
--Mark Snowden, Director of Missional Leadership, Cincinnati Area Baptist Association
Posted on November 5, 2019 7:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
NCAA Football fans are asking “Who’s In?” They know the Championship Game is coming.
When you scan the Cincinnati Area’s harvest fields, you have to ask, “Who’s in?” Dozens of unchallenged, untapped, and unused missionaries are in our CABA churches. They must be because I know the Father’s will is to reconcile a lost world to Himself. And missionaries go beyond their comfort zone to begin disciple-making. They cross barriers such as distance, culture, and language. Think no further than the Apostle Paul’s example in Acts 13-14!
Here are the characteristics pastors have found helpful evaluating potential missionaries in their midst:
•    take on new initiatives
•    have their own ideas of what they want to do
•    influence people easily and gain a following
•    don't fit the mold, color outside the lines
•    genuine hunger for a deeper relationship with God
•    show impressive spiritual insight
•    noticeable areas of character immaturity
•    broad in their horizons and think beyond "our" church
•    thrive on doing things that are challenging and risky
•    claim loyalty to "our" church yet seem critical and impatient
•    tend to become overextended in their commitments
•    see real potential in them, but we are unsure how far we can trust them
George Miley put this list together after mobilizing missionaries 15 years with Operation Mobilization. This list in his book Loving the Church, Blessing the Nations (Biblica Books 2003).
So, “who’s in” your church? Encourage potential missionaries to connect with Jason McKinney or me. Let Jason coach them. If they haven't been through No Place Left, that's a great place to start. Jason is CABA’s Lead NPL Trainer now. Text Jason (304) 710-0961.
Other options:
NAMB missionary: Travis Smalley or Oliver Hawkins
IMB missionary: Barbara Smith or
--Mark Snowden serves as CABA's director of missional leadership
Posted on September 3, 2019 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
This summer I visited South Asia. One city’s population tops 12 million making it a giga-city. And it is 99.9% non-evangelical Christian. The trip culminates an Acts 1:8 model for CABA pastors.
My director of missional leadership job description includes being active in my local church. For the past two years, I have served as Missions Committee
Chairman at Clough Pike Baptist. Josh Carter is the pastor. The committee caught the Acts 1:8 vision working among So. Asian Indians and the church adopted it.
Clough Pike now has an active partnership here in Cincinnati with a NAMB church planter. Last February, I led a team to Boston to work with the (only) So. Asian Indian (NAMB) church planter in Boston. These godly men are both from the same state in So. Asia, so in July, I led a vision team to what we’re calling Curry City, for security purposes.
This “Glocal” challenge started here in Cincinnati. So. Asian Indians are one of Cincinnati’s largest people segments. Who would the Lord have you engage here in Cincinnati, Boston, and around the world? There are 47 people segments in the Cincinnati Area, but only 11 are engaged. That means some 36 peoples have no one evangelizing among them.
When we contacted the IMB, the missionaries overseas said, “You’ll need to use No Place Left when you work in So. Asia.” The team that was traveling from Clough Pike was glad because we’ve all become NPL trainers in the past year. When we visited Boston, we trained that church in NPL methods.
Sitting at a coffee shop one day, I shared Three Circles with a Hindu man. He wanted to know more and gave us his contact information. But across from us was a local lawyer who was already a born-again Christian. He said, “That was fantastic hearing you witness like that! Can you teach me?!” So, he slid in next to me and for 45 minutes, I trained a brother who had never witnessed before how to share his faith and make disciples.
So, don’t just ask, “where” can I serve? Instead, try asking God “who” needs a witness here, there, and over there? You might just end up eating the best curry of your life!
-- Mark Snowden serves as the director of missional leadership for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association.
Posted on August 19, 2019 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
Within 90 days of teaching 19 church members from several churches how to start a church, they had begun a biker church and a Hispanic church. A biker complained that the seminary had yet to send them a biker. And nobody in the training was very good at speaking Spanish. Nobody spent any money. Yet, this model is both simple and effective.
Here is how any church can start a new church. NAMB has a pipeline for planters and CABA is capable of helping with traditional church planting and even multi-site, which is now popular. And, available to your church through CABA is a process that is based on Acts and does not require funding. It’s like church planting for the rest of us. And it’s in seven steps that rely totally on the Holy Spirit.

1.    Prayerfully mobilize teams of two that go out to do the work of the Lord.
2.    Address lostness by understanding the people, area, or interests.
3.    Develop a master plan to help everyone be onboard and focused.
4.    Evangelize abundantly through relationship-building and follow-up.
5.    Gather new believers into small groups and meet whenever it suits them.
6.    Coach leaders from within the group including pastor and teachers.
7.    Mobilize believers from the new church to seek new people and places.
Church members doing the planting keep their membership and tithe in their sending church. Pastors serve as encouraging champions. As CABA’s coordinator for church planting, it is my role to coach and connect with them. Funds are budgeted by CABA to develop and support church planting teams of church members.
These types of church plants work anywhere as they are a biblical model. We’ve seen them fit a unique niche where church members do not have much disposable income – refugees earning minimum wages (peoples), low income apartment complexes and university students (places), and some groups associating around a unifying purpose such as bikers, shift workers, or truckers (interest).
Pastors might look for these seven characteristics that seem to fit successful apostolic disciple-makers:
a.    Highly relational outgoing people who make friends easily; joiners
b.    Maturing believers looking for “next”; risk-takers
c.    Those who are often restless and sometimes criticize the status quo
d.    Strong in faith and seeking ways to be spiritually more mature
e.    Often bite off more than they can chew; love being busy
f.    May appear capable, but might lead a pastor to not easily trust them
g.    Comfortable attending other churches and Christian events
The Apostle Paul would easily be identified as having a missionary gift. Right by his side on the Second Journey was Silas, who was a prophet. Timothy was very much a shepherd / teacher in his own right. And Luke evangelized through writing the Gospel and Acts. Each of those character qualities are captured in Ephesians 4:11 apostle, prophet, evangelist, preacher/teacher. Perhaps Paul remembered his effective missionary band (recorded in Acts 16) and recognized those leaders in Ephesus. Their purpose was to bring the church to maturity. And healthy things multiply.
In the Lord’s timing when you’re ready, a short manual is available from Snowden Ministries. The book is Workers in the Harvest: Missionary Training for Church Members. Write
Posted on June 18, 2019 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
The Cincinnati Area Baptist Association exists to address lostness through pastors. CABA decided at its Annual Meeting October 2017 to no longer fund church planters in order to appropriate funds (about $100/mo.) into services that would benefit them rather than fund them. Here are several services that CABA is blessed to provide to church planters.
1.    CABA has employed a Network & Fellowship Coordinator, a Church Coach, and a Block Party Ministry Coordinator to augment the work of the Director of Missional Leadership. At the present time, the association’s ministry works through nearly 30 pastors and church leaders across the Cincinnati Area to benefit church planters and existing churches alike. Treating church planters the same as pastors in the association means being available to them for networking, coaching, and providing services to them as needs arise. Connecting to these quality resources is at no cost to planters. Financial support of CABA by the church plants is voluntary and appreciated.
2.    Prayer is always a priority for planters and pastors. CABA has an active prayer ministry with several dedicated prayer warriors ready to pray at a moment’s notice. Other prayer needs may be broader and may be shared, when requested, through CABA’s communications channels.
3.    Planters appreciate half-price rentals on trailers, tents, and food machines as part of CABA’s Block Party Ministry. The Trailer REservation SyStem (TRESS) is available to make reservations at and click on TRESS on the toolbar to get started. Included as a benefit is repairs at no cost to the planter. A delivery and pick-up service valued at $50.00 and mileage for the driver normally charged to churches is offered free to all SBC plants and charged to CABA instead.
4.    Church planters and their spouses are provided with free biblical counseling from licensed counselors with doctorates or masters in biblical counseling. This is billed at $100 per hour-long session directly to CABA with no charges to the planter.
5.    A free logo service is available to church plants to assist with their branding and image communication. A professional graphic designer(s) are available to work with the planter to convey the image that best represents their ministry. A fee of $100 per logo is charged to CABA instead.
6.    Networks – planters are invited to gather with CABA pastors for training, support, and fellowship. Networks are convened according to geography or covo / bivio status. Regional conveners are paid $100 per month by the association to facilitate peer learning, prayerful support, and fellowship. The Cincinnati Area has been divided into zones because a planter’s time is valuable and this association is physically large, covering nine counties. Each meeting usually includes a meal provided by CABA.
7.    Coaching – World-class coaching is available to help CABA planters break through barriers by developing strategy, structures, staffing, budget, and measures to enable the plant to achieve and sustain vitality. Coaching helps planters break through barriers by sticking to a plan rather than managing for the exception. Coaching also includes mystery guest and facilities assessment for free. The Coach is provided free to each planter and on a retainer of $1,000 per month by CABA.
8.    Fellowships are conducted at least quarterly to involve planters and sometimes their wives and children. Fellowships are planned for just the wives, too. The idea is to provide a break in different venues that a planter and his family may not be able to do on their own. Sporting events, park experiences, family fun nights, and other gatherings are typical of the fellowships provided to planters to give them, their wives, and families a sense of connectedness.
9.    CABA helps church planters keep planting more new churches. New churches are more likely to start a new church than a church that is five or more years old. CABA prioritizes an unfunded church multiplication approach through missionary teams of church members, bi-vocational members, and going multi-site. The whole association has become a church planting support system, including raising up indigenous church leaders, including new pastors.
10.    Funding for one-shot evangelism blitzes, mailings, and other community engagement is available.
11.    CABA’s Church Planting Teams Council stands ready to support any church that plants a new church on its own. That means the Council supports new church planting efforts started by a Southern Baptist church-related plant that is already underway in the Cincinnati Area. Information is provided to help prioritize next steps whether it is among a group like them or whether they must cross-cultures to work among some other group. This group is comprised of a pastor, a planter, and a family specialist. The Council provides a safe environment for strategy plan feedback, strategic funding for survey projects, evangelistic blitzes, and family helps such as parental workshops or marital counseling.
12.    New churches reach a point in which they are self-sustaining. At this point, usually when it is about three years after launching, churches are invited to enter a credentialing process to be received as a voting member of the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association. A guide titled, “A Closer Look” is available to planters as early as possible to help them understand how they can become part of CABA’s missional community. The free guide addresses issues like tax-exempt status, which can save a church plant hundreds of dollars and many hours.
13.    CABA has found that No Place Left is a highly effective evangelism/discipleship training module that can start new small groups and churches. This training has been offered three times per year and an NPL Intensive offers advanced training for those who have gone through the initial training. This commitment includes six weeks of follow-up coaching after the initial NPL training.
14.    CABA supports church plants by helping them avoid dependency in their additional new church plants as their funding runs out. CABA’s commitment to church planting takes a long-term view. CABA is dedicated to rapid multiplication to be used of the Holy Spirit to win more lost and connect with more needs than a one-and-done experience. CABA provides coaching for laity, bi-vocational, and multi-site church planting. And CABA can guide individuals to participate with NAMB, too.
This association of SBC churches praises God for the church planters who are part of NAMB’s SEND City effort. We facilitate each chuch’s mission work among the lost through the funds provided by churches and plants. We always recommend giving 7% to the Cooperative Program (State Convention of Baptists in Ohio) and 3% to associational causes (Cincinnati Area Baptist Association) from the church’s undesignated receipts. The two entities are funded separately.
Checks written to SCBO go to 9000 Antares Ave., Columbus, OH 43240.
Checks written to CABA go to P. O. Box 54885, Cincinnati, OH 54254.
CABA is committed to doing everything possible for church planters to praise God through its relationship. It’s certainly not “us and them.” Planters are considered very much a part of CABA’s network of developing churches to the glory of God.
Mark Snowden
Director of Missional Leadership
Cincinnati Area Baptist Association
December 20, 2017, revised June 20, 2019
Posted on February 15, 2019 10:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
A farmer spent years teaching his son how to plow, plant, and harvest. Through years the farmer grew old. By 1947, the man was a grandfather and his son now had a boy of his own. Together, the two men watched the son plow by himself for the first time. By the middle of the day, the son had grown weary and was far from finished. He looked up at the house and his father held out a glass of water. When he got to the house he saw food and a pitcher of lemonade.

As the son devoured the meal, he said, “Dad, thanks for letting me do it. I know you know what I am doing wrong. Tell me how to do this better.”

His dad with a smile said, “Thanks for asking, son. I have noticed your horses are pulling against each other. You need to reset the harness. And your plow needs to be tilted another 8 ½ degrees.”
The son said, “Thanks, Dad. I knew you would know what I needed to do.” He ran down the hill, made the changes and began to cut right through the field!

The Dad was very pleased that his son had asked for help. He turned and thanked his Dad for all the instruction and years of training.

With a smile, Granddad said, “Don’t we have another team in the barn?”

That’s all Granddad had to say for the Dad to immediately go get the horses and the other plow and head for the field where his son had now covered two-thirds of the field. Joining his son, the work was accomplished in short order and all three men celebrated around the dinner table that evening.

Because a grandfather had been a good father, he was able to teach his son and impact lives for generations.
A missions leader at DAWN, a para-church organization, told that story to make a point about the need for making disciples. And can those disciples make disciples?

Plowing, planting, and harvesting for the Kingdom of God is hard work. When reading about church planting movements in Steve Smith and Ying Kai’s book, T4T: Training for Trainers, in my flesh I was actually pleased to see that they just didn’t show up and a movement started. Now, don’t get me wrong. A movement did start by God’s power, but they faithfully worked very hard.

Smith said, “It will be hard work—it has to be. You’ll be exhausted at times. But it must be kingdom work. Work counterintuitively: don’t do things the way you expect them to work naturally, but rather look for the very different ways God’s kingdom operates” (122).

We all want to experience a harvest, but often forget about plowing and planting. A very determined missionary in the Middle East once told me, “The fields are not only not ripe unto harvest, we’re spending a lot of our time busting up boulders and hauling off gravel trying to find some dirt to do the sowing.”

Jesus told the Parable of the Sower to emphasize the seed was sown in different soils (see Mark 4:1-20). The seed was the Word of God and the soils represented the hearts of those who received the Gospel message. While I do not believe anyone in Jesus’ day thought that the sower lost three-fourths of his seed, the sower did know his field. And he knew what seed would grow when planted in the good soil.

As your family and friends gather for Christmas, look upon it as a time for sharing the Christmas story and the essence of the Gospel—why Jesus came. Spend a little time plowing and planting in your fields for a spiritual harvest that impacts lives for generations.
Mark Snowden is the Director for Missional Leadership for the the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association.
Posted on November 28, 2018 10:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Categories: Missions
In Fahrenheit 451, author Ray Bradbury depicted book-burning as a way to control the masses. The government in that dystopian future wanted to stamp out dissenting voices. In their place, people were given access to “parlor walls,” which were giant flatscreen televisions airing sappy entertainment and sports. Even Bibles were discarded in the trash or burned. The story’s hero eventually discovered a country hideaway where individuals had memorized entire books. Because a war broke out without them knowing it due to government censorship, everyone was amazed when their city was bombed out of existence. Only those who had memorized the books lived to start over.

America is a free and open society. We experience the opposite of Bradbury’s high-control world no matter how many try to control the messaging spewing from our media. As followers of Jesus, we are exposed to many things that are intended to be attractive and compelling. Yet, those who generate the messages can often out-communicate those of us who lack the resources and channels.

So, is it possible to bring godly change to a society that increasingly touts, “anything goes”? What does it take to influence a nation walking away from biblical truth? As Avery Willis and I proposed in Truth That Sticks, “what does it take to make biblical truth stick like Velcro in a Teflon world?”

A couple of years ago, I traveled to Rome, Italy, and walked where early believers in Jesus had died for their faith. Ornate Catholic churches and enormous basilicas seemed to be on every corner. St. Peter’s Square was built on the place Constantine believed Peter had been crucified upside down. He had a church built there in the fourth century. The current structure was completed in the 1600s. At one time, the papal authority controlled what used to be the Roman Empire. Temples were converted into churches. Christians, especially Peter, were given high credibility in Rome for bringing change to a world that worshipped the Caesars and a host of mythological gods.

Some attention in Rome was given to the martyrdom required to bring Christianity to Rome. Nero crucified hundreds of believers along the Appian Way. Visitors can tour catacombs with burial places decorated with frescoes of lions attacking the faithful. And a cross was erected in the Coliseum to honor those who were killed for their faith. Yet, no power on Earth was able to stamp out the Church. Southern Baptists may have come along later, but we owe a debt of gratitude to our brave spiritual forefathers who died rather than give up their faith.

Some leaders today see a certain "crystallization" underway. Those who carry an unwavering faith in Christ are lining up on one side. Others who choose the way of the world in the name of tolerance are becoming less so. Believers will need to choose who they will serve – and be willing to die for that faith.
Paul David Tripp captured some of this us versus them attitude in Dangerous Calling. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the seminar on Thursday, December 6. Click HERE for details and a place to register for this free event.

The church has always grown on the blood of its martyrs. And look no further back in time than happened in mid-November this year with the martyrdom of missionary John Allen Chau. For more, Click HERE. Martyrdom isn't new. Back in 197 AD, an early church leader named Tertullian wrote a letter to the Roman governor in charge of his province. “The oftener we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.”

The voice of believers must not become muted in this generation. Some think it is too late. It is not. We must take encouragement from the Apostle Paul who told the believers suffering in Rome, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35).

The equivalent of “parlor walls” in the form of flatscreen TVs are going up in many homes. Biblical illiteracy has created a vacuum in the younger generations. Yet, men and women who are willing to stay informed, keep their faith strong, and line up with other believers can provide the Gospel seed for our generation, even if is done so in blood.
Mark Snowden is the Director of Missional Leadership, Cincinnati Area Baptist Association. His Twitter handle is @wmarksnowden
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