In Christ, More is Possible

 

Last fall, our world changed in a big way. As recent graduates of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Physician Assistant program, it was time to find a job. Our plan had always been to graduate, find a job in Charleston, and live happily there for about five years near family, friends, and our close-knit church family. But we soon realized that God had other plans for us. With a tight job market in Charleston, we decided to apply for jobs outside our “comfort zone.” Before we knew it, we were considering a job offer in Spartanburg.

Our emotions were mixed. We had two reservations about moving: we were saddened by the thought of leaving our small, inner city church family and we would miss the relationships and fellowship of our weekly Bible study group. However, we continued with the move because we felt God’s direction leading us here to Spartanburg. As we finalized plans to move, we began praying for a Godly church home with solid Bible teaching that was focused on outreach, missions and the community.

Before we even arrived in town in October, we received our first invitation to First Baptist Spartanburg. And the invitations just kept coming – first from a coworker, then our landlord, and even at the gym!

The first Sunday we attended, we were very intimidated by the size of the church –  very different from the small, intimate, informal, multiracial church that had been our home in Charleston. It truly was culture shock! The next week, we decided to give it another shot and try a Sunday School class. The more we visited the church and met with members of the ministry team, we saw that the heart of First Baptist Spartanburg was what we were looking for in a church. Hearing Dr. Wilton’s Sunday sermons showed us that FBS is passionate about the truth of God’s Word. Being visited by a FAITH team showed us that FBS cared about us as individuals. Participating in the Great Commission Celebration in December showed us that FBS truly has a passion for reaching out to the world. Getting involved in a dynamic Sunday School class helped us find a place to belong. Surprisingly, the church that once intimidated us began to feel like home.

We made the decision to join the church back in January, but we made a strategic move for the Celtics and waited until February to go forward and make it official. We both have felt very blessed to be part of such a great community of believers and are excited about future ministry opportunities at FBS. Personally, the past few months have brought some difficult times on us a family. Through it all, we have been cared for, loved and lifted up by people in the church. We truly thank God for allowing us to be a part of this body.

You may ask the simple question: Why is more possible? The answer is simple as well: Because of Jesus Christ. You may be like Jeff and Josie who have shared their story here.

Are you in a place where you are wondering why more is possible? How could that be in your life?

The answer is still the same. Jesus Christ can make your life more than you can ever imagine. Do you know Him? Do you have all that there is in your life? If not, it’s simple. Jesus loved you so much that He died for you. On a cross. Willingly. Because He loves you. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

More is possible because He loves you that much. More is possible because He shed His blood for you. More is possible because when they put Him in the tomb He didn’t stay there. He was raised from the dead and went to heaven to be with His Father, God. And He’s there just waiting for us! He wants to show you how much He loves you. Just ask Him to come into your life today. If you would like to talk to someone about that, give us a call. There is no greater joy than to share our friend, Jesus Christ, with others. 864.583.7245. Or email us at info@fbs.org. If you think your story has hit a dead end, you are wrong. In Christ more is possible than you can ever imagine.

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