On 9-12, Christ Community received some wonderful affirmation and support from two wonderful local churches, Highland Baptist Church and First Baptist of Shelbyville. Leaders of both churches displayed support, prayed, and showed enthusiasm for our folks and the mission God has given us to gather and initiate a new church in Shelbyville together. That’s some cool stuff.
If you’ve spent any time in the book of Acts you’d know why we found this to be very encouraging, biblical,and extremely meaningful. We learn in Acts 7 and 8 about a hero of the faith, Stephen being stoned and martyred for his stand for Jesus, and the subsequent persecution and scattering of the believers…Then, moving forward to Acts 11:19-22 we see that, “those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus…The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord…News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.”
These two local churches have given us a blessing and encouragement as did the church of Jerusalem with Antioch. As we have been following the call of God and moving outside of the camp and deeper into our community our goal has been to follow the book of Acts and the model of a new testament church…If we are a modern day Antioch and group of believers who have the Lord’s great hand with us, we will see many more turn to Jesus and lives changed forever. A great goal of ours is to be a faith family that reproduces, equips, sends, and moves others to join the mission of God daily.
In our journey we are committed to staying united, serving, and loving these and many other local & biblical churches. Christ is not divided!(1 Cor. 1:13) For more information on these great churches please visit www.fbcshelbyville.com and www.highlandbaptistky.com. Thanks for the love and support FBC and Highlands. “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.” Phil 1:3