“Now give me this mountain that the LORD promised me that day.” Joshua 14:12
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for your prayerful support over these past several months as we recover from the tornado and navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. These have been urgent times, but your love and faithfulness to the Lord have encouraged us greatly!
We are also grateful to God for your affirmation of the Campus Planning Team’s recommendation for a new worship center, and we are taking immediate steps to begin our capital campaign to raise the funding for this effort. Your participation and partnership are critical to the success of this campaign.
First Baptist has always met the challenges that have come our way. All that we enjoy today on our campus in both space and facilities has come because of the sacrificial heart and generous spirit of our church. God has indeed been good to us. He has been faithful!
Our church family has affirmed the proposal to build a new worship center as we expand our reach to our growing community. Remember that this really is the completion of the vision of our church that was also affirmed in 2007. Now is our time to move forward together by faith to see this vision through. The harvest around us is filled with broken homes, lost families, wayward children, and men and women that desperately need Jesus. If we do not reach them, who will? If we do not move now, then when?
We are naming our campaign "Faith. Forward. Future." You will see the branding for this campaign in this newsletter and we will be using it on all of our communication pieces over the next few months. We believe that God has led us to this transitional moment in the life of our church. We must move forward by faith to embrace the future for Kingdom impact.
We are asking that each of our families prayerfully consider a sacrificial commitment beyond our tithes and offerings that will be given over the next three years. This campaign is vital to our ability to move forward and we believe that God’s Spirit will lead each of us in a very personal way to rise to this occasion. We are not going to give out of pressure, but out of the leadership of God in our lives to be a blessing for His Kingdom. Our desire is to honor Jesus and to honor His people in this effort and together see God be glorified among us.
We invite you to attend one of the Vision Gatherings scheduled for Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. or 4:30 P.M. Your presence will be critical in our ability to communicate the vision and ways in which you can partner together in this work. There, you will learn more about our campus expansion plans and our Faith. Forward. Future Campaign. We will discuss the importance of church-wide prayer during this crucial time, and we will share information about our church and its ministry. No financial commitments will be asked for or received at these meetings.
The purpose of these meetings is to share information with you, to answer any questions you might have, and to encourage you to make this a special part of your daily personal prayers. Please come to one of these Vision Gatherings as an example of support. Your attendance will also encourage others as we move forward together in faith.
These are exciting days at First Baptist! To God be the glory!
Dr. Phillip Dunn
Senior Pastor | First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet