I did a Google search for Baptist churches in Asheville, North Carolina and look what came up.
Every one of those little dots is a Baptist church in the Asheville area. We are inundated with Baptist churches. How is somebody who is looking for a Baptist church in Asheville, North Carolina supposed to choose one? How would somebody find Grace Baptist Church among all those little red dots?
I happen to have a few thoughts on that very thing. Grace is a unique church in a lot of ways. We eat together every time we meet. Not because we like food, although we do. We eat together because we are a body of believers who want to stay connected with each other. You can get lost in the crowd in a lot of those bigger churches out there in Asheville. That’s not the way it is at Grace. We want to know each other and we want to know you. Church should be a place where you are loved and supported. You can’t do that if you don’t know each other. At Grace Baptist Church we know know each other.
We are also a church where missions is key. We support missions through man hours, classroom study, and our budget. Every Wednesday our children learn about missions in Royal Ambassadors, Girls in Action, and Mission Friends. Our students and adults are going to Honduras this summer to serve people. Our youth go to a missions camp every summer. We love missions. Often people go to church to get served. At Grace we are bucking that trend. We want to know what we can do for you.
Another unique thing about Grace is its people. We have people here at Grace from every socioeconomic bracket. We have several different nationalities represented. We have young people and old people here at Grace. The staff age range is 28-72 and the senior pastor is the one who is 28. We have blended families, single parents, widows, widowers, singles and couples of every shape and size. We have Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. You might think that a mix like ours couldn’t work, but it does and it is a blessing to rub shoulders with so many different types of people.
Sure, there is more that we could do to love and serve our community. Sure, we could represent and share Jesus better. It’s like the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
We could do better and we will, but if you ask my humble opinion I think as far as Baptist churches in Asheville, North Carolina go Grace Baptist Church is pretty great. Why don’t you come give us a try.