Happy New Year from your State Board of Missions

Happy New Year from your State Board of Missions! In this month’s video, Executive Director Rick Lance offers a word of encouragement about how we can continue to be “new in Christ” every day of this new year, along with a reminder from Matthew 6:33 about the importance of being Kingdom-focused.

Is there anything going to be new about the new year? Is there going to be anything new about your life and about my life? Well, I would hope so.

When Paul says in Second Corinthians 5:17, he talks about us being a new creation. That is, we’re born again, of course, but we continue to become new in Christ. We walk in the newness of life.

I trust that this new year will be a different kind of year, a turning point in some way. Whether it’s in spiritual disciplines or life purpose, or whatever.

I do know this. That in every year, every month, every week, and every day as well as every hour and every minute, we ought to be kingdom focused.

And therefore my verse for the year this year is Matthew 6:33. “Seek first the Kingdom of God “in His righteousness “and all of these things will be added to you.” Let’s be kingdom-focused in this new year.

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention's 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

Any requests for Rick Lance to speak in or visit your church should be directed to Billie Davis at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 253 or (334) 613-2253, [email protected]

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