Chapter XXIX The New Baptist Church Has A Pastor

January 31, 2017

Chapter XXIX The New Baptist Church Has A Pastor

During the week several from the church stopped at the carpenter shop to talk to Paul. They wanted to know how he planned to vote on Sunday. All were inclined to vote in favor of calling their church a Baptist church, but they wanted to be sure that others felt the same way. Paul didn’t have a lot of work to do so he had time to sit and talk with them.

One man expressed to Paul the way he was thinking. He said, “I have so much confidence in Dr. Alvarez that I’m inclined to vote in favor just because he is in favor. I know that isn’t good. I should vote in favor because I believe that’s the way God wants me to vote. Paul said, “That’s the way I feel.” He also said, “Our problem is that we don’t know personally any other Baptist church. All we know is what Dr. Alvarez has told us. We don’t even have any books on the subject.” The other man said, “It’s not just that we don’t know any other Baptist church. We can’t even say that we know another evangelical church. There are two ladies in the church that say they once visited an evangelical church in another province.

Mary also had similar discussions with other ladies from the church. On Saturday night the Parks family read the Bible together as was their custom every night. They read the first chapter of James. After wards Paul said, “I think we should claim the promise in verse five as to how we should vote tomorrow.” He read the verse again. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upraideth not: and it shall be given him.” Then they prayed. Mary’s prayer was, “Lord, if there is any reason why we shouldn’t vote in favor of calling our church a Baptist church and calling Ralph to be our pastor, make it known to us.”

On Sunday all the brethren of the church were present. There were even some visitors. Dr. Alvarez opened the service by leading them in singing two hymns. Then he said, “I think we should agree on some things before we vote. With your permission, I think we should put some limits on who can vote. Do you agree that those who vote should be over 18 years of age?” all agreed. Then he said, “Again I want to welcome our visitors, but I don’t think they should vote. Are you agreed?” All agreed.

As you may have guessed, all voted in favor of putting the name Baptist on their church and calling Ralph to be their pastor. With this we come to the end of the story of the Parks family. I trust you have enjoyed reading it and have learned some things from it. If so, please pass it on and encourage others to read the story.

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