A Great Start
The fall semester is underway at Jacksonville College, and it is a joy to welcome new students, faculty, and staff to our campus. Every fall, I look forward to seeing how God will work on our campus, and how He will answer the prayers lifted on our behalf.
Because of generous donors, we have been able to start the school year with improvements across campus. We were able to paint hallways and doors and install new flooring and LED lights in the C.R. Meadows Administration Building. The Norman Library is getting a facelift, and we have replaced the air conditioning units in the library and in the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse/Gymnasium. JC alumni have volunteered their time and resources to make our campus look beautiful for our new and returning students.
What I look forward to the most each semester is to see how the Spirit of God will move in the hearts of our students and employees. How many will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior? How many will rededicate their lives to Christ? Will God call some to full-time Christian service? Will God send revival to Jacksonville College?
Throughout the semester, Jacksonville College students meet in Life Groups to study what the Bible has to say about who God is and what His Word says about relevant life issues. The first time the Life Groups met this semester, they discussed the problem of sin and God’s plan to rescue sinners. Leaders presented the gospel and answered questions about salvation.
The second chapter of Acts tells us that on the Day of Pentecost, the followers of Christ were filled with the Holy Spirit and were empowered for ministry. Peter was moved by the Holy Spirit to preach a sermon that would pierce the hearts of those present, and three thousand were saved and baptized. My prayer is that as the Word of God is proclaimed at Jacksonville College in classrooms, in Chapel services, in small groups, and in individual relationships, the Holy Spirit will draw the unsaved to repentance and the saved to a deeper love for our Lord and His Word.
Pray with us that God will do great things at Jacksonville College this year.
Defending the Faith
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
During Chapel on August 21, JC Head Tennis Coach Jonathan Becker spoke about his struggle to believe the claims of the Bible when he was younger. Even though his father was a pastor, Jonathan admitted “I was a skeptic. Many times, I questioned whether this Christianity stuff could be real.” His doubts motivated him to determine for himself the validity of the Bible. After extensive research, he realized that the Bible was true. Now he wants to help Christians defend their faith, and he wants to help skeptics see that the Bible is reliable and that Christianity does make sense. In his Chapel message, Jonathan shared several of the proofs and evidences that helped him to see the truth of Christianity. He explained, “I want you to know who Jesus really is.”
Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical Literature from Wesley Biblical Seminary. He serves as a Sunday School teacher for junior and senior high school boys at Spring Baptist Church in Tyler.
The JC men’s soccer team is one of the many Life Groups that met on August 28 as part of Chapel time to discuss what the Bible says about salvation.