There will be a training for local churches on March 10th at the Long Run Baptist Association office (2722 Crittenden Drive Louisville, KY) from 9am-12pm. Here are five reasons why your church should consider joining us:
1) We Love the Glory of God
“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” (Psalm 57:11)
“My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.” (Psalm 71:8)
The Bible is clear that God made the heavens and the earth; it is God who has made man in his image; and it is God who alone is worthy of all glory. Christians are those who know, love, and worship the triune God both for who he is and what he has done. He who formed us in the womb is the same one who calls sinful rebels to forsake their sin and seek him as their greatest treasure, welcoming them into his family, giving them an inheritance that is undefiled, unfading, and kept in heaven. Christians are those who love to see the name of God made famous in all the earth. One means of heralding the glory of God is to, in obedience to his Word, “take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).
2) We Love the Lost
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)
“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others.” (2 Corinthians 5:11)
“And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” (Jude 1:22–23)
Those who stand as objects of God’s grace have felt the weight of eternity, both for those who trust in Christ alone for salvation, and for those who reject the kindness of God in the gospel. It is because of grace that we are enabled to plead with people to be reconciled to God through faith and repentance. Christians know “it a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31). And as Charles Spurgeon once said, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
3) Churches Need Ministries that Matter
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27)
Many local churches are busy. But what exactly are we busy doing? There is a temptation in our comfortable Christian culture to sideline the hard tasks that God calls us too in favor of ministries that leave our quiet lives undisturbed. Churches need ministries that matter. While some faithful churches are advancing the kingdom of God and caring for the Saints through their ministries, others need help adopting ministries that will have eternal significance, such as Speak for the Unborn. Rescuing those being taken death has eternal consequences for both mothers and their babies. Abortion is not simply a political issue; it is a gospel issue. The people of God can be silent no longer, the local church must respond in obedience to God’s call to care for weak. And who is weak like the unborn?
4) God Hates Abortion
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalms 139:13–14)
“For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.” (James 2:11)
“For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.” (Ephesians 5:12)
Abortion is an unspeakable evil in our midst, one that can be so easily concealed with just the right rhetorical ability. But from a biblical perspective, abortion is nothing less than an assault on the glory and image of the living God. There are many reasons why women choose to have abortions, some of which are the result of heartbreaking circumstances of abuse and violence, while others are the result of a desire to be free from the shame or burden of a child. In any of these cases the Bible would never advocate the murder of a baby made in the image of God as a ready solution. God has commissioned his church to be a light to the nations that his salvation may be known in all the earth. Our desire is to both care for the hurting and expose the evil of abortion. Together, the church of Christ can stand against injustice in hating what God himself hates, while making known his redeeming grace that is offered in the gospel.
5) We Love our Brothers and Sisters
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
“And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” (1 John 3:23)
Week after week the Saints of God gather on the streets of Louisville to speak for the unborn. While some weeks there is an abundance of believers, other weeks the number of Christians makes one wonder if churches know that abortions take place in this city. This fight is hard and taxing on those who have devoted their lives to it, as anyone who has been down can attest, but this is a fight worth fighting. Out of love for your brothers and sisters in Christ who labor week in and week out for this cause, consider how your church can become involved. For our encouragement and God’s glory.