A church with conservative services
reaching people for Christ and His kingdom.
7271 Muncaster Mill Road
Rockville, Maryland 20855
Dr. Frederick W. Carroll, Pastor
October is a special month here at Central Baptist because that is when we have our yearly Missions Conference (October 11th though Sunday, the 15th). This year, my dear brother in the ministry, Dr. John Halsey from Baptist International Missions, Inc. will be our preacher. Dr. Halsey has been one of the Lord’s faithful servants for many years in the ministry.
We endeavor to be a missionary-minded church at Central – concerned not only with our area of the world (Rockville/ Gaithersburg/ Maryland) but with the regions beyond. (See Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19; Col. 1:23) Consider our Master’s words in John 4:35b, “…I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields (the nations of our world); for they are white already to harvest (the fields are ripe and waiting for harvesters). Luke 10:2 adds: “…but the labourers are few…” (not many are responding to the need).”
This year, today, will you “lift up your eyes and look on the fields…” You see, we need to get our eyes off all the distractions and diversions the world pushed on us (cable t-v, the internet, smart phones, face-book, worldly pleasures, etc.) and concentrate on the souls of the people around us and in other lands that need the Lord (see Rom. 3:23). We need to have heaven and hell in clear focus because EVERYONE will spend eternity in one of those two places, depending upon what they do with the Lord Jesus Christ (see John 14:6; 10:9; Ephesians 2:8,9).
Dear readers, ripened harvests do not gather themselves. Our church and every church needs laborers. Can you help out in the “harvest fields?” Will you share your testimony of salvation with others? Will you give out gospel tracts: put them in your bills, share them with grocery clerks, etc.? Will you support world missions through this church’s Faith-Promise/Grace-Giving program (see 2 Cor. 8:1-15:
A-Principles of giving, 8:1-6; B-Purpose of giving, 7:7-15).
The Lord has honored the Faith-Promise/Grace-Giving program in His churches for many years now. As God’s family gives, so that others can go and minister in other places and countries, they must also “PRAY” (Luke 10:2) “…pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.” The need is greater than the supply of workers, so we must constantly pray and, of course, be willing to go ourselves (notice “go” in Luke 10:3).
Because of this great need for PRAYER, this year there will not be Saturday night services. However, as pastor, I am asking each person who attends Central Baptist to make and take time for a concerted period of prayer for our Sunday services – the reception of the Faith-Promise/Grace-Giving promises to the Lord for our giving to our missionaries around the world. Also, pray for our 35 missionaries.
May our Lord bless you and the Holy Spirit burden each of us for this great need in our world. Without Christ in people’s lives, they are doomed to destruction in hell.
That our world may know Jesus Christ as their Savior,
Pastor Frederick W. Carroll
1 Cor. 9:16b “…necessity is laid upon me; yea; woe is me, if I preach not the gospel.”