What if the Gospel Reaches to the Whole World in 10 Years?

Paul DreillingChurch Blog

Recently, at meetings in Orlando, Fla., organized by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, it was announced that the world could be only 10 or 15 years away from seeing the Great Commission fulfilled. In other words, it is possible that every people group on earth will have had the gospel preached to them and some portion of scripture translated into their language. To hear this announcement was astounding.

Following that announcement, Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, made a remarkable observation. He told the gathered assembly that he once believed that when we arrive in heaven there will be long lines of people eager to ask the 12 disciples, Paul, Barnabas, Priscilla, Aquila and a host of other first-century Christians: “What was it like to have been there at the very moment the gospel started to go out to every tribe, people, and nation?”

Anderson mused, “I can’t help but wonder if, perhaps, when we get to heaven, there will be lines waiting for us to arrive so those who preceded us can ask: ‘What was it like to live in that moment of history when the work begun in the first century was finally completed, and all on earth had the opportunity to hear the gospel?’ It is an astounding and moving thought.”

Jesus taught, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). It is exciting to imagine that the coming of Christ may come on the very heels of the last person on earth hearing the gospel.

Jerry Root

Wisdom’s Straight Course
(Proverbs 3:1-12)
Pastor Michael Wilburn
Philippians 4:4-7
Evening Service
A Heart for Ministry
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Baby Dedication
Sunday, May 13th is Baby Dedication Sunday.
If you would like to have your baby/child dedicated, please sign up online at immanuelbaptist.org
Deadline to register is May 9th.

Church-Wide Fellowship Dinner & Concert
Prime Rib Picnic
Sunday, May 20th
5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall
prime rib, twice-baked potato casserole, multi-grain loaves, Caribbean vegetable medley, and red, white, and blue shortcake.
Tickets are $5 per person with a max of $20 per family
Concert by Niah & Allisha Merrill to follow meal
Purchase your tickets online today!

IBC softball
Come out and support the IBC men’s softball team on
Monday, May 7 at 7 PM at Henderson Field #1 as they play Westhampton Methodist.


Clothes Closet

There are new summer hours for the clothes closet & food pantry. From May through August, the clothes closet & food pantry will only be open on the second and fourth Fridays from 10 AM – 12 Noon. The food pantry is in need of the following: spinach, peas, carrots, beets, beefaroni, spam, and pudding. Pop-tops are preferred. They can be left inside the glass doors to the large parking lot.


There is a need for Sunday PM security. If you can help one Sunday a month, please contact Travis Cox at 804.562-8837 or tcox7092@verizon.net


Since 1946, God has used Urbana to call nearly 300,000 participants to find their place in God’s global mission. It has grown to become the largest student missions conference in North America. Urbana ’18 will be held December 27-31, 2018 in the America Center, St. Louis, MO.
To find out more information and register go to: https://urbana.org/ 

Upcoming Events:

May 13 – Mother’s Day / Baby Dedication
May 20 – Church-Wide Fellowship
May 27 – Business Meeting
June 3 – David Brown Missionary Report, PM