by Jerry Vines

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I Corinthians 7:7-9
We have alot of singles in our church. Some of the
finest Christians in our fellowship are involved in our Singles
Ministry. We have several thousand singles who are enrolled and a
large number of them are active in every area of our church's life.
Many of them sing in our choirs and play in our orchestra. A great
host of them are involved in our weekly visitation. Some of the
most committed people in our church are single. Some of the people
who demonstrate the love for the Lord Jesus that I believe is
pleasing to the Lord is found in our singles. Some of the greatest
soul winners I have ever known are singles who are members of the
fellowship of First Baptist Church. I am grateful and thankful to
God for the Singles Ministry.
There are more singles in America than there have ever been.
Literally, the single population is exploding all over America and
Jacksonville is no exception to this phony -non. We have a tremen-
dous opportunity to win singles to Jesus Christ in the city of
Jacksonville. I have a burden in my heart to see singles come to
know the Lord. I have a great desire that our Singles Ministry
might be even more effective than it is now in reaching multitudes
of singles for the Lord Jesus Christ.
In our Finance Committee tonight, one of the men on the com-
mittee who is a deacon was telling us about his Sunday School
class. He was giving a report on his class attendance. This
morning, in the class he teaches there were 104 people present.
That is LX -rdous! I told him that the average attendance for
Sunday School in a Baptist church on Sunday morning is 62 people
altogether in attendance. He's teaching a larger Sunday School
class than most Southern Baptist preachbex preach tam in a church on
a Sunday morning. We have a wonderful ministry here but there are
still thousands of singles in Jacksonville who have yet to be
reached for the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is interesting to ...

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