August 05 2014

Frank and to the Point (August 2014)

A Day with Junior Hill

Forty years ago this month, while I was sitting in the church I attended as a child, the Holy Spirit of God began to stir in my heart in a way that I had never known. I remember it almost as if it were yesterday. A guest preacher in my church gave a very simple explanation of God’s love and grace. I heard what he was saying, sensed the Spirit’s work in my heart convincing me of the truth in his sermon, and I bowed my head and asked God to forgive me of my sin and to save me by the work Christ had completed through his death and resurrection.

That experience changed the direction of my life. Looking back today, I’m thankful for the church that planned the revival. I’m thankful for the invitation that was given to me by a friend to go to church that night. I’m very thankful for the preacher who spoke lovingly, yet with conviction, about my need for a Savior. Had any of those elements been absent, I’m pretty sure that my life would be very different today.

Needless to say, that preacher is very dear to me. His name is Junior Hill, and he is preaching at First Baptist Nashville on Sunday, September 21. I want you to hear him, and I want you to invite someone you care about to be your guest that day so they can hear him, too.

Chapel Dedication

Our Chapel renovations will be complete soon. On Wednesday night, August 20, 6:45 p.m., we will gather in the Chapel for a time of prayer and communion as we dedicate the newly renovated space to the work of God. If all goes as planned, the first worship services will take place on Sunday, August 24, as the Service of Word and Table and The Fellowship on Broadway move to their new home.

Thank You for Your Gifts

For the first time in many years, we experienced a stronger than normal record of giving during the summer months. I’m so thankful for your generous and committed level of giving to the Lord through the ministry of First Baptist Nashville. As we move into the fall, your gifts will continue making a difference in the lives of people in our city and around the world.

Thanks for being a blessing!