In downtown Laurel, over 40 students and a few young adults met together in the late evening with one goal in mind. Let's share burdens and hope in light of Jesus. Not what you expect out of this coming generation? Maybe we need to step back and see what this group called, “Drenched in Faith,” really is and what we can learn from them.
It all started with a group of guys who were burdened with their sin and saw Jesus as the antidote to their situation. Encouraged by God’s Word they came up with a revolutionary idea. We should share this hope with other people. And so within just a couple of months, the group of four guys went to a group of over forty. Such growth is only due to the blessing of God through the Christians that God is using. But what are they doing that is so attractive? Why are these youth giving up their Thursday night to bring a bible to learn about the Word?
I had the privilege to attend and be apart of this group that met and the first action that I saw from this group was simply hospitality. There was no comfortable chair, no perfect lighting, or state of the art sound system. All there was a group of people who wanted to share how Jesus can transform your life. The hospitality was in the laughter and honest joy that these people had in talking openly about Jesus.
None of the people that spoke had seminary degrees but their honesty might have been more attractive then what they knew. The fact that there was not a pastor, who is expected to do such a job, but instead normal everyday people leading shows the extent that those leading go to make an impact.
The group always wanted to open up the floor to let people speak life into one another; to speak and question what God can do for our lives. Everyone that came could speak and there was no critical judgment in the air; only love. In turn, many people poured out their heart. Encouragement and prayers were exchanged and people were filled up with energy. There was a constant expectation that their group was going to grow and God was going to use them to do so. They understood that they didn’t know everything about God, (does anyone?) but they did know how awesome God is.
So what can the Church learn from this group of Christians reaching out to their friends?
1. Being open and honest about the difficulties and burdens of life is attractive.
2. We don’t have to be in a certain four walls that we identify as a church building to talk about God.
My prayer for “Drenched in Faith” is for them to have longevity. For this group to always strive to be authentic before putting on a show. And for them to connect with a healthy church that can equip them, encourage them, and spur them on as they move to take back their generation to the glory of Jesus Christ.
This group is fire but with all fires, there must be fuel in order for it to survive. Be founded on the Word and built up by the church so that hell trembles every time this group gets together to find their life in Jesus Christ.
Drenched in Faith meets every Thursday evening in various locations. To keep up and attend this group, follow them on Facebook on the following link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/222236828308873/?multi_permalinks=228507844348438¬if_id=1507606401943631¬if_t=group_activity
Caleb Rawls – is the pastor of Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Laurel Mississippi, and husband to Taylor Rawls. Together they strive to lead the church to reach out to their community and world. And yes, they have a dog named Tiglath-Pileser.