In the gospel of John, we read a brief yet profound explanation for why the book was written, and we believe why the entire Bible was written. John, after explaining that Jesus did far more than he could ever capture in writing, explains in John 20:31 that he has written these things “that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
While the explanation is simple, the implications are enormous. Belief in Jesus, that He is who He claims to be and offers us salvation from our sin, leads us to life in His name. Life in His name is not the same as life before. It isn’t a slightly modified life. It is a transformed life, a life marked by new growth.
We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ transforms lives. We have experienced that transformation in our own lives, friendships, parenting, and marriage. We have also seen the gospel transform the lives of many other people through His church as we have served in ministry for over a decade.
So, when we began to feel God calling us into a new phase of ministry through church planting, we could not decline. If God has so transformed our lives thus far, and if we have seen how the lives of others could be transformed through His church, then we certainly want to follow His lead to see that transformation continue in new ways and new places…even if that meant major life change and risk for us.
Through a process filled with prayer, examination, and counsel, we found that God was leading us to the Denver area, specifically Parker. In the Denver area, there is one Southern Baptist Church (SBC) for every 20,000 people on average, and in Parker, there is only one SBC church for its 50,000 residents.
Furthermore, the Denver metro area ranks 4th highest in the U.S. for people who claim no religious affiliation. Add to that the fact that Parker is an appealing and sought-after place to live and raise a family, growing tremendously in the last decade and continuing to grow, and it was easy for us to see that there was a great need for missionary work there.
So, in late July of 2018, we uprooted our family from Georgia and were sent by First Baptist Covington to plant a church here in Parker. We are currently hosting an in-home Bible study as well as several community service projects as we build a core team and prepare to launch later in the year. We are eager and excited to see what God will continue to do as lives are transformed by the gospel.
For more about us and how we got here, click HERE.