It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Don’t expect me to sing it, but that’s the song. And for a lot of us as we experience Christmas, we would say it is a wonderful time. Busy time, but wonderful time of fellowship and family gathering.
But for Alabama Baptists and Southern Baptists in general, it is also very significant in terms of missions, global missions, international missions. This is the time we are able to receive and give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.
The goal for Southern Baptists at large is $160 million. For Alabama Baptists, it’s $12 million.
For your church, you probably have a goal. I hope you not only reach it, but exceed it.
But it begins individually. Each and every one of us making our contribution to making it a wonderful time spiritually for those who do not know Christ.
I want to congratulate my former colleague, Paul Chitwood, who is the new President of the International Mission Board. And let us rejoice with him as we celebrate not only the Christmas experience but the Christ of Christmas and the Great Commission, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with everyone everywhere.