|Keith leading. Me on violin, Chris Pinder on bass, Joshua on drums, Clarence and Logan on guitar, Faye on vocals|
|Friday Night Francis Chan "The Holiness of God"|
|Night Two Francis challenged us with "What is your happy ever after?"|
He talked about the needy places and people he has seen. Women in the red light district who sell themselves for $1 per customer while their children, who have no place else to go at night, try to look away. 700 of these women were recently able to gather and receive a warm meal, hear the gospel, and be offered a chance to change their lives forever. Many have. Some are now following Jesus, employed in jobs that they can feel good about, and some have even become married to Christian men. But this doesn't happen without sacrifice. Ours. Christians around the world who have the means to help. With our prayers, our money, our lives...
But there is need right here. And there are people here enough and means enough right here to meet those same needs. He asked "Why does America have to send missionaries here?" Francis challenged the Bahamas to become a nation known for something better than "Atlantis." He said, "When Americans think of the Bahamas, wouldn't it be cool if one day, instead of thinking of Atlantis, they would think 'That's the country where the church has "been the church?" Where the needy have been met....where the rich have shared what they have with the poor? It could happen. It can start tonight." (Alright, I have taken some poetic license here and paraphrased quite a bit!)
All in all, it was a great two nights. Compared to other speakers I would say Francis is like "the guy next door." He doesn't preach like John Piper or master theology like D.A. Carson. If you have the chance to hear him, don't go expecting to take lots of notes or have a clear outline. But expect to be challenged. Francis does effect his hearers to consider how they can take steps toward deeper love for the lost. And in this, God is glorified.
|Night two worship session|