By Henry Brown
It had been a long time since Bethany Baptist had seen revival. Longtime members have said it was close to sixty years and twenty-one preachers ago. But in the first three months of Pastor Hank Bushce’s ministry, revival has come.
Deacon chairman David Connors said, “He just took the church covenant off of the wall and started preaching it. We didn’t know what to think. To be honest, most of us had no idea what the covenant said.”
The result of obedience to the covenant has caused Bethany Baptist to change a lot of things. Over a hundred new people have come to the church in 90 days. Prayer has become a nightly meeting in the sanctuary. Forty-five people have been saved, and the church has started a second morning service.
Bethany’s church covenant is much like every other Baptist covenant. It is three feet wide by five feet high, with a wooden frame, and sits under plexiglass.
Pastor Busche took it off the wall and began a sermon series called, “Lying to God.”
Organist Nancy Dyer said, “He just preached the covenant, and we all agreed to follow it. He read what we are supposed to do, ‘to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.’”
The church was paralyzed. Pastor Busche told them this is on the wall so they had to obey it or take it down. Since the church didn’t want their 100 year old covenant to be removed, they knew they had to do something.
“What would people think if we didn’t obey the written words on the wall?” David Connors said.“One part really got me, ‘to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger.’ Just think what the church would be like if we did that?”
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