- Phone: (706) 548-2246
- Mailing Address: 2390 West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606
Happy 2018 to You, Athens, and the World!
In college, I used to read the Foreign Mission Board’s (now
International Mission Board) magazine Commission. The
president at the time penned a column for each edition he
entitled “The World in View.” At times, he would explain that
God expected the Christian life and church ministry to extend
beyond personal or local concerns to the world. A mature
follower of Christ, he explained, applies Scripture to self,
church, and world, prayed for self, church, and the world, and
dedicated dollars to self, church, and world. Christians should
give attention to personal and local concerns, but they should
use personal and local efforts as a platform from which to
mobilize for global outreach. In all things, the Lord of all the
nations expects us to keep the world in view.
This is what makes me grateful for you. You reached out to
say, “Merry Christmas, Athens!” in large numbers. You
surpassed our Lottie Moon Christmas offering goal. You’ve
given more than $140,000 to the Cooperative Program in
2017. You labored to deliver the gospel to Indiantown, Florida
and brought 44 to Christ that week. You’ve witnessed door to
door. You’ve made friends with non-Christians and the
unchurched. You have kept the world in view. You have
defined preschool, children, student, college, adult, and
Retired/Senior Adult ministries in terms of building people
who act on the mission of Christ.
You’ve done this in response to our adoption of our vision
statement: Beech Haven Baptist Church will magnify Jesus
Christ as Lord by building all the peoples of the Athens region
into Great Commissionaries as defined by Jesus in Matthew
28:18—20. In 2015 and 2016, we spent considerable time
unpacking this new term, Great Commissionaries, and have
mentioned it often and in nearly all worship services. To
review, a Great Commissionary is someone who loves,
supports, and practices the Great Commission. We have
accomplished our mission when more people in our region,
including us, love, support, and practice the Great
In 2018, we aspire to continue this with some important events and emphasis.
April 20-21: Love and Respect Marriage Conference, because strong marriages build strong homes, churches, and mission
May 6: Sunday School Training with Dr. Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
May 24 - June 2: Guatemala Mission Trip
June 4 - 10: Vacation Bible School Day Camp, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
October 21 - 24: Ronnie Hill Harvest Time
November 2- 4: MNow with Dr. Emir Caner, President of Truett-McConnell University
December: “Merry Christmas, Athens!”
If I did not know Christ and it mattered to me, I sure would want a church like Beech Haven in the world. Thank you for your labors
and support. Let’s join together in 2018 to keep “The World in View.”
I Stand Amazed,