CHRISTMAS – The Greatest Gift – JESUS !

How should we Celebrate Christmas? Receive the Gift, Give the Gift

James 1:17 reminds us, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” NASB

Jesus did not just come to be a baby that was adored, but He came to be a perfect savior who is worshiped and died on the cross for our sins. Jesus is the gift of Christmas!

During this Thanksgiving and Christmas season let’s look for opportunities to share the gift of Jesus, share the Gospel. People are often more open to the gospel during the holidays.

We are so excited to have the John 3:16 Cards available for ministry. This simple plastic card is a great tool for sowing seeds of the Gospel and starting gospel conversations.
This John 3:16 card is like a Swiss Army knife with so many different ministry tools involved in the one card.
For example on the front of the card is the most famous verse in the Bible. John 3:16 is explained word and phrase by phrase. John 3:16 is the Gospel in a nutshell and really what Christmas is all about.

The back of the card is loaded with useful tools and websites: A prayer of salvation,,,, 1-888-NEED-HIM plus a contact area that you can personalize.  

Only heaven will reveal the incredible impact that a simple tool like the John 3:16 card can have on eternity as we faithfully share these cards and engage people in Gospel sharing conversations.

I hope and pray that all of our churches will use this tool to spread the gospel all over our county and associational area! Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to share the gift of Jesus and to invite people to receive the gift of Jesus!

One simple way to use this card is to give it to someone in the checkout line or a drive-through or with the tip and just simply say to the person … “Here is a card that has the most famous Bible verse John 3:16 and a prayer on the back. I hope it encourages you today."

This simple introduction can turn into incredible conversations for sharing the gospel.

See 3-minute video clip that you can share with your church on how to use the John 3:16 card.

Marty Dupree

~Please contact the LRBA Office for John 3:16 cards @ 910-893-4282 or
Ministers' Monthly Conference
January 12th, 10am
Tax & Retirement Planning
Guest Speaker: Davis Blount, CPA

Ministers' Monthly Prayer Meeting

January 26th- 10am
A Time of Kingdom Focused Prayer for Revival & Awakening
(Please watch for an email with instructions
or email for the Zoom Meeting ID)

  • Get a look at the upcoming VBS
  • Train your teams
  • Be encouraged & inspired to make next summer the best VBS ever!

Digital Previews feature:
  • Multiple January attendance dates & times
  • Over 20 breakout sessions
  • Giveaways during the live event
  • And more!
 WMU Mission Projects

January Mission Emphasis: Please join us in a domestic mission's project as we partner with New England--Vermont Faith Community in Barre, Vermont. We will be collecting hats, gloves, scarves and socks for children ages 3 months to 15 years old. Please deliver to the LRBA Office by January 29th.

February Mission Emphasis: February is the Love Month and we are asking that each church provide 5 cakes and deliver to Ladles of Love at 301 S. Main St., Lillington for the plates that are served daily to help those in need. To coordinate delivery email or call 910-379-2558.

Thank you for answering God's call to serve!
 ~Becky Putnam, LRBA Missions Involvement Consultant   
Jan. 14-15, 2021
NC Evangelistic Retreat
Caraway Conference Center, Sophia, N.C.
Jan. 19, 2021
Wix Virtual Training

Wix is a web-based platform used to train churches in developing and maintaining an online presence with a website.
Feb. 23, 2021
Disciple-Making Conference
In-Person & Virtual
March 13, 9:30am - 3:30pm
AWAKEN - NC Prayer Gathering
Coats, N.C.
The Awaken” Prayer Gathering provides a rich environment for God to speak to His people as they gather to seek Him for revival and spiritual awakening.
LRBA Calendar of Events

December - Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
3 Ministers & Spouses Christmas Dinner, 6:30pm
at Holly Springs Baptist Church Canceled
22-31 LRBA Office Closed for Christmas

1 New Year's Day, LRBA Office closed
7 Senior Adult Planning Meeting, LRBA Office, 2:30pm
12 Minsters' Tax Workshop, Davis Blount, 10am
12 WMU Assoc. Leadership Team Meeting, LRBA, 6:30pm
14-15 Evangelistic Retreat,Caraway
17 Sanctity of Life Sunday
19 Wix Training, BSCNC (Virtual)
24 Baptist Men's Day in Churches
25 Assoc. Council/Executive Comm. Meeting, 6:30pm
26 Ministers' Monthly Prayer, 10am