2015 – Appreciation for Marshall Baptist Church and Maranatha Baptist Church – Host Churches
Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America
Annual Conference, June 16‐18, 2015, Winston‐Salem, NC
“Resolution of Appreciation for Marshall Baptist Church and Maranatha Baptist Church – Host Churches”
The Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America hereby expresses our deep appreciation to our host churches for their generous welcome and hospitable care for us under the leadership of our dear brothers, Pastor John Holmes and Pastor Steve Pittman. The churches’ enthusiastic preparations in the love of Christ for our coming have encouraged and refreshed us as we have exhorted one another to occupy until our Savior comes. Thank you for your faithful example and kind generosity.
We have enjoyed the use of your beautiful building, and your bountiful provisions for our meals were delicious. The distinctively southern food and hospitality ministered to our hearts as an encouraging fruit of the Spirit from your lives. The music ministry of your choirs and the young people of Grace Baptist Bible College lifted our hearts and thrilled us with the joy of the Lord. The commendation of Gaius applies here: “Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; which have borne witness of thy charity before the church” (3 John 4-5).
We rejoice in these separated witnesses for the truth of the gospel, and we pray that the blessing of the Lord of the harvest will continue to give you grace to occupy until He comes. Your investment in our lives this week has yielded a good return. Thank you for your flourishing care for us, and may the Savior richly multiply your faithful labors for His glory. We know that someday soon you shall hear Him say, “Well, thou good servant.”