As a follow-up to last year’s Discipleship Revival, the Webster County Baptist Association is hosting “A Weekend of Encouragement” — a county-wide revival over the course of one weekend to encourage those on a personal, a church-wide and county-wide level.
Services are set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 at Mantee Baptist Church with the theme: “How to Find Personal Encouragement;’ 7 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Eupora with the theme, “How to be an Encourager Within My Church;” and 7 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Mathiston with the theme, “Churches Encouraging Churches.” The guest speaker for the Weekend of Encouragement will be Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco, Calif.
“I am looking forward eagerly to see what God is going to do during this weekend,” said Rev. Martin Jacks, director of missions for the Webster County Baptist Association. “God blessed us so much last year and people were excited about that event long after it had ended. God has some good things in store for Webster County.”
Jacks said encouragement is an area of Christian life that needs to be explored.
“There is not a one of us who does not face, almost daily—sometimes it seems hourly —discouragement,” Jacks said. “It weakens our witness, causes doubts, and is one of the gateways to depression. To be encouraged is to be built up, to be renewed and refreshed. It is a gift, but also a responsibility. The words encourage, and encouragement, are mentioned 15 times in the New Testament. It was such an important that one of the early Christians was call Barnabas, ‘The Son of Encouragement’ or the ‘Encourager.’”
Jacks said this is a follow-up to what the Webster County Baptist Association hopes to be a continuing effort in the county that will lead to a greater effort in evangelism and witness.
Rev. Wade Stevens of FBC Mathiston said the success of last year’s meetings has the planning committee pretty excited about this year’s event.
“More than anything else we are praying for a renewed emphasis on and practice of evangelism and missions among our churches,” Stevens said. “We are blessed to live in an area with a rich Christian heritage, but we desperately need to be reminded that there is work yet to be done in Webster County.”
Rev. Travis Gray of First Baptist Church of Eupora said this will be a weekend to “encourage us in our personal walk with the Lord.”
“It will also challenge us to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ within the local body of Christ,” Gray said. “We all are part of different congregations, but our goal is to be the same. We can make a difference when Jesus is the one who brings us together.”
Rev. William Carpenter of Mantee Baptist Church said one of the things he is looking forward to is the opportunity to worship with friends from other churches throughout the county.
“We hope to be encouraged by the time of joint worship,” Carpenter said. “As we join together from different churches across our county to worship the same God who died for each of us, we will be encouraged by the greatness of the God that we serve and will be encouraged to serve Him in our own personal lives and our own churches. We hope to be encouraged by our fellowship with one another. The lesson we learned from our time of joint worship and fellowship last year was that brothers and sisters in Christ bring excitement to one another. There is something about having several hundred believers from 10 to 12 churches together that encourages us that we are all working together for the common cause of serving God’s Kingdom, and that we have teammates to help us as we do so.”
The Webster Baptist Association will also host a county-wide ministry day, set for April 4. Each church is asked to identify the home of one family that is in need of work that can be accomplished in one day. A work crew from the association will go to the homes to work and invite the family to Easter Sunday worship. Work crews will do light construction and light yard work.
For more information about the Weekend of Encouragement or to volunteer for the work crews, call the Webster County Baptist Association office at (662) 258-5611.
See this story in the March 11, 2015 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2015/03/11/weekend-of-encouragement-set-for-march-20-22/
See a portion of this story in the March 12, 2015 edition o f First Baptist Church of Eupora’s weekly newsletter at BR Newsletter 3-12-15