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While eating lunch with someone the other day, I had the privilege of sharing the story of how I became a follower of Jesus Christ. An important part of that story involves a few friends who would not stop inviting me to church. They knew this cool truth: they were inviting me to something much greater than a building or place to fellowship and worship—they  were inviting me to encounter Jesus Christ. Their lives had been radically changed by Jesus, and they wanted me to have the same opportunity.




My life was eternally changed because someone invited me to church.  I also really love my church. These two realities  are constant motivators to invite others to church.


I'm living proof that those two (ok, really three) simple words can  change a person’s life forever. I keep one of our invite cards just below my monitor so that every day I am reminded of one simple but profoundly important opportunity I can engage in each and  every day—inviting people to church. 

I wish I could tell you I acted on every opportunity I have been given to invite friends and even strangers to church, but unfortunately I have not. You might be in the same boat as me. I guess the lunch I had the other day really inspired me to look at this with a fresh perspective as I was telling this person about how Jesus changed my life. 

The good news is: each new day presents brand new opportunities. The great news is: it is really not a hard thing to do. The church is the greatest place I go to each week. Just think with me for a moment about what we get to do at church…worship a truly wonderful and awesome God, share life with incredible and encouraging people, engage God’s holy and inspiring Word, and do something truly meaningful as a family. Believe me, the list could go on, but I will stop there.


I would like to challenge you to stop for a minute as you read this and reflect on what the church is to you and how Jesus has changed your life. As you do that, I pray you, too, will be inspired to be a part of impacting someone else’s life for eternity by simply inviting them to church.


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"Thank You" from Suburban Baptist Church

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The following email was sent to Pastor Lincoln on October 5, 2016. We wanted to share Pastor McGee's kind remarks with the church at large.


Greetings and Salutations in the glorious name of our Lord.

 Pastor  Lincoln, 

Just a quick note to tell you thank you for a job well done.  Two weeks ago, we had one of your Sunday School classes join us at Suburban Baptist Church for a day of works.  It was a glorious time in the Lord.  I wanted to congratulate you on your leadership as one that would continue to have your congregation help others in the Kingdom less fortunate.  I am sure at this moment God is saying about your Sunday School class, your church, your leadership, . . . .” Job well done my good and faithful servant, job well done.” 

Suburban Baptist is in W. Columbia.  We are a poor church of 120 members, seating 60 on any good Sunday.  We are in the middle of the “hood.”  It is hard for the poor to help the poor.  Our annual budget is approximately $36,000.   Besides trying to keep the lights on, included in that budget is giving food to 420 individuals every month.  We have nothing left over and need help.  Shandon Baptist Church to the rescue.  Thanks to your members, we now have a new ramp, carpeting for that ramp, new windows, a front porch repaired, new workable flagpole, landscaping and the inside cleaned as never before.  And the amazing part was that this was done with Joy in their voices and song in their hearts.  All Glory to God.   

Oftentimes we never know about the ripples we cause inside His Kingdom, simply by obeying an act of love or helping out.  Because of your team's efforts, many of our own have a renewed spirit of helping the church.  If strangers can help us, why can't we do it ourselves?  This gives me great joy and hope!  Suburban is truly a mission church, and help and hope is what we need at times above all else.  Your event provided us with that.  Again I give you my personal thank you for such.   

Please allow Roy Hess and your wonderful organizer Sandra Lorick know how much their work meant to us all.  And too please allow all the others to know how indebted we are to them.  I trust you will continue to encourage the church to vigorously pursue outreach in the community.  While I am aware that there are mission fields in Africa that need your help, one just across the river in West Columbia greatly needed your help as well.  God Bless you and your congregation.  Thank you for your grace, whereby you have served the Lord acceptably and with reverence.  All Glory to God.  Blessings and Cheers.



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Tracy McGee, Sr. Pastor
Suburban Baptist Church

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