Oct News Article 2019

SHARE YOUR STORY!

That is the theme of Annual Worship / Meeting this year. On October 20, beginning at 5:00 at Ridgeland Baptist Church, we will share a catered meal together to enjoy a time of fellowship. At 6:30, we will begin a time of worship to celebrate what God is doing through each of our churches that make up the Savannah River Baptist Association. God is at work in the Lowcountry!! Together, we will worship, exalt, and celebrate what He has done, is doing, and what we anticipate Him to do in the coming days. It is an exciting time to be in the Lowcountry and our emphasis this year is to share the story: the story of what God has done through Jesus Christ, what God is doing in the Lowcountry and what God has done and is doing in each of our own lives. So, to start, here’s my story…

My Story (abbreviated)

Memories of my childhood are filled with sadness, sorrow, and shattered dreams - an abusive father, adulterous bi-polar mother, divorce, remarriage, marital conflict, divorce, runaway sister, cross-country move, homelessness, father abandonment, and foster care. Then I, an emotionally unhealthy kid, went off to college: a college that is ranked as one of the most socially liberal in the country. I was (unknowingly) a walking trauma unit. But there was hope in me in the form of Jesus Christ.

During my childhood (age 14), I found Jesus Christ. The moment I accepted Jesus Christ was real! To this day, I can remember some of the details and I know for certain what I did, even if there wasn’t any intentional discipleship helping me to understand the reality of my new life. In fact, very little changed in my situation, but inside, something was different. It wasn’t until age 32, after my wife passed away with colon cancer, and I was getting ready to marry Dena, that I submitted to baptism by immersion. Everything began to change. A process of discipleship began, and I started to grow in Christ. Then, at the age of 40, I accepted the call to serve the Lord and move my family from South Carolina to Dallas, Texas to attend seminary.

The story of my journey is complex and (for me) fascinating. I love talking about what God has done to me and through me. But then, we all have amazing stories of God working in us and through us, and it is important that we share those stories. Maybe we share it with someone one piece at a time, or maybe God will grant us the opportunity to share our whole story with someone that needs the hope we have in Christ.

Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, says, “Every life has a story and every time we interact with someone is a chance to create a remarkable experience.” To be intentional in creating deeper connections with each other in our association of churches, we will find ways to share our stories. There is a thread—bits of God’s great story—running through each of our churches and through each of us, and if we reach out and nurture those connections, we will experience a beautiful tapestry of people seeking to grow in Christ and reach the lost. I believe we would see a movement that could lead to revival and change the spiritual landscape of our community. How awesome would it be to see God show up in a mighty way!

Sharing your story with other believers is also a great encouragement to share our stories with unbelievers. Because ultimately, we are called to be witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and together, we can do great things in the name of Jesus Christ.

So, make a commitment to come together on Sunday afternoon of October 20 to celebrate our mighty God, rejoice in the story He is telling, and connect for the next chapter!

Last Published: September 30, 2019 2:47 PM
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