B.S.A.L.T. 10,000 Home Challenge is a challenge from church-planter Steven Sykes to local independent Baptist churches.
Brother Sykes has planted one church in the state of New Mexico and is on the verge of starting a second independent Baptist church in the same state.
Before the launch of the first church plant, in 2009, Brother Sykes visited 10,000 homes in Los Lunas, New Mexico. "Operation 10,000" worked so well, that the first service of True Light Baptist Church had 96 souls in attendance. Since then Brother Sykes through B.S.A.L.T. has challenged many other churches to hold "Operation 10,000" or "Operation 5,000".
2013's Operation 10,000 will be our second undertaking of this challenge. F.B.C. will attempt to visit 10,000 homes in Blount County, Tennessee between Memorial Day and Labor Day this summer.
In the fall of 2011 we visited 10,000 homes in 10 weeks. During that 12 week period of time, we had over 140 first time visitors, 31 professions of faith, and 17 baptized.
If you would like to learn more about B.S.A.L.T. (Baptists Seeking Souls in America's Lost Towns) or accept the 5,000 or 10,000 Home Challenge, please visit: bsalt.org or you may contact me below.
2 Timothy 4:1-5
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
The word reprove is the Greek word "elegcho" (Strong's #1651) which means: "to correct, to admonish, to expose, to show ones fault, to call to account, to bring to light." The teacher is required to exercise great patience and careful instruction. It implies great sensitivity.
The word rebuke has a stronger application. Rebuke is the Greek word "epitimao” (Strong's #2008) which means: "to reprove, to admonish severely, to censure sharply, or to charge sharply." Rebuking, though not easy, is required in the Church to expose false doctrines and beliefs. It is particularly necessary when the offender is deliberating misleading people with false information in spite of warnings and providing the offender with accurate biblical instruction.
The word exhort is the Greek word "parakaleo" (Strong's #3870) which means: "to admonish, to beseech, to comfort, to give encouragement, to entreat”. It implies urgency, but is a gentle, appealing, and strengthening word. The church badly needs encouragement. We are familiar with the noun ‘paraclete’ (comforter) used of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament.
The practicalities of refuting error
It’s one thing to know what needs doing and another to know how to do it! The best practical examples (as always), are gleaned from scripture itself. Here are some examples of how the apostles handled it,
- By reasoning with – i.e., ‘forming or trying to reach conclusions by connected thought silent or expressed (from premises: about, of, upon, a subject ’) - see Acts17:2
- By disputing g– i.e., ‘arguing about a subject by calling into question a statement or belief, or position’. (See Acts 17:17)
- By teaching – i.e., ‘enabling or causing someone to do by instruction and training’. (See Acts 18:13
- By being resolved in purpose – to be committed. (See Acts 18:11
- By convincing – i.e., ‘producing in a person a moral conviction (of sin, for example)’ Note that this conviction can have the result of turning a hearer away! (See Acts 19:9)
1 Kings 17-18
In Chapter 17 we read of Elijah's Private Ministry where the Lord commanded him to: "Go hide thyself." In Chapter 18 Elijah was commanded to: "Go Shew thyself." This was his Public Ministry. In Chapter 17 we see:A Brook Dried Up, A Barrel Ate Up, And A Boy Raised Up. The boy was "revived". A slight type of Israel and a possible type of the church. Oh how we need new life breathed back into us, in these last days of apostasy.
In I Kings 18 Elijah confronts:
#1. Obadiah (a picture of a Compromising Christian.) Obadiah served inside the court, while Elijah served outside the camp. Ahab viewed Obadiah as a trouble shooter (vs.5), while he viewed Elijah as a trouble maker. (vs.18). The Bible teaches: Separation not Infiltration.
#2. Ahab and the prophets of Baal.
#3. The people of God (Israel). Vs.21
Elijah shows us SEVEN MANDATES CONCERNING REVIVAL:
#1. A Disdain for Sin. Vs.18
#2. A Declaration of the Word of the Lord. Vs.18
#3. A Denouncing of False Religion. Vs.27
#4. A Drawing Near. Vs.30,36
#5. A Dedication of the Altar. Vs.32
#6. A Distinct Order. Vs.31-35
#7. A Definite Obedience. Vs.36
#8. (The number of new beginnings. ONE MANIFESTATION OF GOD. Vs. 38-39
Oh how we need the fire to fall. Oh how we need to fall on our faces. God help us to allow God to prove Himself unto this generation. "...If the Lord be God, follow him:"
As a Christians we should be sensitive to the needs of others. However we can be too sensitive, when it comes to ourselves. So where is the balance?
First: We must attempt to see things from the perspective of others. Often two people see the exact same event differently. It has been said: there are two sides to every story. Many times however there are three sides to every story; his side, her side and really what happened.
Second: What causes one to be overly sensitive? Perhaps one's upbringing, abuse, being spoiled, too much time on their hands, pride or even a lack of confidence.
Third: What causes one to lack sensitivity? Perhaps one's upbringing, selfishness (lack of consideration), being busy, in a hurry, or simply their personality (being a "straight talker").
In order to be a Christ-like servant, we must prefer others over ourselves. Both the sensitive and the insensitive tend to struggle with this. As a pastor, I strive to be sensitive to the needs of others. However I must not be sensitive about what others say to me or about me.
#1. Building a wall of defense which causes us to loose sight of others.
#2. Becoming Paranoid and looking to become offended.
Most people struggle finding a balance between sensitivity and insensitivity. Where do you find yourself? Are you in a struggle with sensitivity? Let's seek to be honest with ourselves and with God concerning this common struggle.
Churches (Pillars of Truth), Clergy (Preachers of Truth), and Christians (People of Truth) should seek a balanced ministry. By balanced I do NOT mean compromise, but rather I speak of a "full proof ministry" (2 Tim. 4:5).
Let's preach the gospel, let's disciple converts, let's teach sound doctrine, and let's contend for the faith. Many want to speak truth, yet fear standing against error. A pastor must NOT be a "brawler" nor a "striker" (1 Tim 3). However he must be a good soldier in Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:3), he must be "..set of the defense of the gospel." (Phil. 1:17), he must contend for the faith (Jude 3).
We should NOT seek Controversy, nor Contention.
Neither should we fear or flee Controversy and Contention.
Some will want to BUILD (Edify), others will want to BATTLE (Expose). However we are: Challenged, Charged, and Commanded to do BOTH.
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