A Community of Faith from Fox Creek Christian Church

Mark Wells, lead minister from Fox Creek Christian Church, sent in an amazingly moving article on how our community draws on faith to help one another:

The truth is: we’re all aging. Some of us just don’t like to admit it or perhaps face up to it. Just recently, I read there’s an internet site called “Face Lift.”  This website is marketing a non-surgical rejuvenating product. Their page states, “Our revolutionary formula is guaranteed to make you look 10 years younger in just 15 short minutes! No expensive, painful surgery! 100% money back guarantee!”

Sounds pretty incredible, doesn’t it? The thing is I think it’s one of those “too good to be true” scams.  I know we all might want to look younger or might need to look younger, but it’s probably not going to happen. All we can do is take care of ourselves as we are now. If we blew it in the past, it’s kind of a done deal. We have to make the best of what we now have.  The Apostle Paul said in II Corinthians 4:16 
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

It’s pretty easy to lose heart in life. We look at the world and see all the turmoil and strife, and we lose heart. We look in the mirror and lose heart. But, even though we can’t stop the chaos in our world, and we can’t stop our own aging process, we can grow stronger in our faith. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews wrote about faith to Christian Jews.   These Jews that had accepted the new teachings about Jesus Christ had been taught about God since they were born.  They had listened to the Rabbis teach about the “faith” of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses.  They had been taught about the power of God and His provision. And now this new teaching made everything real to them.

Hebrews 11:1 has this to say about faith, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”   Faith at its very basic structure is simply belief. But when we begin to understand faith more and it becomes real and active to us, when we begin to put faith to work, it becomes a true conviction, and finally, it becomes alive and begins to work within our relationship with God.

One of the amazing things about our community is the free expression of faith that so many people here share.  We are so blessed with so many places of worship that encourage and nurture a strong, viable faith among their members.  It’s so evident in the way people here in Lawrenceburg and Anderson County are so quick to offer sincere prayers and assistance for one another in times of trouble and sorrow.  We are so blessed to have men and women in our city and county government positions that understand and support expressions of faith. It is evident that our community understands the value of genuine faith for everyone.  Even for those that do not have a faith of their own may still benefit from the faith of others.  

Our faith is, or should be centered in God. It should come from God and it should be all about God.  The truth is we all need to focus more on our personal relationship with God because we can never get too close to God or never have too much faith in Him! The more, the merrier. The more faith, the merrier the heart, the merrier the life, the merrier the relationship with others and the merrier others will be.

Faith plays out in so many ways here in our community.  For example, those that are involved in ministries like the Light Center, which assists people in financial need, where faith is demonstrated by those involved.  Knowing God can and will supply for those that are legitimately in need and it exercises the faith of those requesting assistance, calling for them to have faith in the generosity and love of their fellow man.  We are also very fortunate to have ministries like, Open Hands Pantry that provides supplemental grocery items and meals to people in need, plus the amazing recovery and family educational opportunities offered through the Life Line Connection program.  All of these things are demonstrations of faith played out in the lives of the faithful.

Our community is privileged to have so many people of faith.  But one of the things we need more of is people willing to tell others about this faith we have.  King David of Israel wrote in Psalm 9:1, “I will tell of all Your wonders.”  I know there are people that say, “I can’t tell others about my faith.  I’m not qualified to do that.  I don’t know enough to talk to others or I can’t talk well enough to tell others about my faith.  I’ll leave that up to the paid preachers.”

But the job of the preacher is to inform, train and encourage others to share their faith.  Regardless of who we are, how much we know or how well we talk, we must be ready to tell others about the Lord and all He has done. How can we not tell others about our faith? Our faith is what feeds the hungry, it’s what clothes the naked, and it’s what ministers to the poor and the hurting and the lonely.  I know there are many non-faith based programs available to those in need, but I also know that it’s the faith based programs that do so much more than just provide for basic needs.

If there is one thing we should choose in life, it should be to please and praise our Heavenly Father. When we concentrate on doing this, our faith will be lifted!  We’ve got a wonderful thing here in our community.  A community of faith can accomplish so much for humanity.  And, as a people of faith, we need to share our faith more openly, we need to offer hope more freely, and we need to show love more deeply.

Written by Mark Wells, Lead Minister at Fox Creek Christian Church.mark

Mark grew up at Fox Creek and has served on staff at Fox Creek Christian Church since January of 2010. Mark graduated from Kentucky State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is working on his Masters Degree in Theology. Mark is married to his wife, Shanda and together they have 2 children Mickenzie and Hunter. You can email Mark at Mark@foxcreekchristian.com.

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