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By Tobin Perry
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Every Southern Baptist and Canadian National
Baptist church in North America will receive a case of New Testaments from the
North American Mission Board (NAMB) by early April.
The Find It Here New
Testaments are part of NAMB’s God’s Plan for Sharing: GPS initiative to
encourage “Every Believer Sharing, Every Person Hearing” by 2020.
“If your church hasn’t been out in your community sharing
Christ in awhile, we think these Bibles are a great tool for outreach,” NAMB
president Kevin Ezell said. “And if you are already active in reaching your
community, this is one more tool we think everyone will want to use.”
Churches began receiving the shipments in mid-February. Because
of the large number being shipped, it will take six weeks for every church to
receive its New Testaments. Each case contains 48 New Testaments and a card
that tells pastors why the New Testaments were sent to them and how they can
order more. Churches are asked to use the New Testaments as part of their
Each New Testament has specific verses marked to guide
evangelistic conversations. On the back of each New Testament, those looking
for spiritual help are given the findithere.com Web address and a phone number
where they can find spiritual counseling. The English New Testaments being
shipped to churches use the Holman Christian Standard version of the text.
Spanish-speaking churches will receive a Spanish-language translation.
“As we encourage every believer to share, we see this as a tool
they can use to talk to people about Christ,” said Al Gilbert, NAMB’s vice
president for evangelism. “Then the person hearing about Christ will have the
opportunity to find out more on findithere.com.”
Gilbert says the Find It Here campaign undergirds the God’s
Plan for Sharing: GPS evangelistic initiative. The evangelistic Find It Here
website, New Testaments and related materials will all support what churches
are doing through their efforts to share Christ with every person in North
At least one state convention has already made plans for how to
use additional New Testaments. The Missouri Baptist Convention ordered 50,000 Find It Here New Testaments to encourage
Missouri Baptists to begin a movement that will lead to distributing 1 million
New Testaments to Missourians in 2014.
“I chose to use the Find
It Here New Testaments because they are marked, use the HCSB translation
and are attractive,” said Mark Snowden, the evangelism/discipleship strategist
at the Missouri Baptist Convention. “The Bible distribution strategy is at the
heart of our state GPS 2014-2015 emphasis on ministry evangelism.”
The Find It Here New
Testaments were produced through a partnership between NAMB and LifeWay
Christian Resources. LifeWay assisted in the development of the New Testaments
and printed them at a discounted rate.
“The Bible is LifeWay’s number one core value and sharing it
with the world is at the heart of our mission,” said Thom Rainer, president of
LifeWay. “We are honored to partner with NAMB in developing the Find It Here New Testaments. NAMB’s
commitment to serve and equip the local church to reach the lost is truly
stellar, and we are excited to help distribute God’s Word.”
Churches can purchase additional cases of New Testaments at gps2020.net. The site also includes other resources and suggestions for how churches can reach their communities for Christ. The New Testaments will be available in LifeWay stores beginning in early April.
Tobin Perry writes for
the North American Mission Board.
Date Created: 3/1/2013 7:04:47 AM
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