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5 Reasons I Love the Choir - Ron's Story

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Scripture is clear… "Sing a New Song to the Lord!" (Psalm 96:1).  The Worship Choir and Orchestra lead our church in worship at 10am each Sunday.  During the month of February you'll be hearing from a few of these "Lead Worshippers" about why they love being in the choir, and we hope you'll ask yourself if the choir and orchestra could be a great place for you to serve too! 

If you attend the 10am Blended Worship Service, you may have noticed that the choir is growing!  I'm excited to have a front row seat to see what God is doing with this ministry, and the good news is that there's always room for someone else.  Maybe that's you, or maybe a family member or a good friend who loves raising their voice in praise to the Lord.  

I'm excited to have a front row seat to see what God is doing

If you were to ask some of the members of the choir why they enjoy this ministry so much, the answers and reasons would be many.  For me personally, here are five reasons why I enjoy the choir at Shandon:

1. Energy

Being in the choir refreshes me at the end of a long day or a long weekend.  Each of us faces stress and strife in our lives.  Being a part of the choir allows me to escape from the daily grind, relax, and enjoy some quality time praising God.  Worshipping and leading others in worship invigorates me and provides me with the energy and strength I need in my daily walk.

2. Education

Participating in the choir has expanded my music skills.  I'm constantly challenged to keep improving, to learn more about music in general, and to develop my singing abilities so that, through my voice in song, I can glorify God.

3. Encouragement

Being in the choir is very much like being in Sunday School.  We develop great relationships and the other choir members become your friends (and a part of your extended family!) as we each share praises of how God is working in our lives and we all stand united in prayer for God's intervention in our lives.

4. Enlightenment

Honestly, being a member of the choir gives me opportunity to be closer to my God.  It helps open my mind and my soul so I will learn more about our heavenly Father and His kingdom, and so He can work His will through me.

...being a member of the choir gives me opportunity to be closer to my God

And, most importantly...

5. Evangelism

As a member of the choir, I'm given the opportunity to use the talents God has given to me to help spread His gospel.  As choir members, we carry His message in song to those who are tired and need His strength, to those who are troubled and need His mercy, to those who are lonely and need a reminder of His love for them, and to those who are lost and need to find everlasting life in Him.

Are you ready to join the choir? We would love to have you!

Take a test drive!  Join the choir for rehearsal on Wednesday evening at 6:35pm in the basement of the Worship Center (access stairs and elevators around the left side of the Worship Center), or contact Minister of Music & Worship Arts, Scott Lee, for more information: 

Ron Hill and his wife Jackie have been attending Shandon for two years. 

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How to Share the Light

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The heart of God beats so that His name will be made famous all over the earth. 

Since 2000, the population of Richland County has grown from approximately 322,000 people to over 394,000.  That’s about 72,000 extra people, or 31 "Shandons".  Thousands and thousands of people who need help to know, love, and enjoy the living God and each other live all around us.

Over the next three weeks (February 15, 22 & March 1), every adult and student in Sunday School at Shandon Baptist Church will be trained in how to share the gospel so that we as a church will be stronger in sharing Christ with those who don’t know Him.

We'll discuss the following 3 topics that I hope will propel you to be more confident, more faithful and more joyful in sharing your faith:


February 15: Overcoming Fear.
February 22: Looking for God Openings.
March 1: What Do I Say?

Although training may be a piece of the puzzle, 

evangelism can only be accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit and the power of prayer.

Did you know that evangelism is actually never mentioned in the Bible.  Not one time.  

The Bible does refer to “evangelists” (Ephesians 4:11) and “evangelist” (Acts 21:8 and 2 Timothy 4:5).  We use the term evangelist to refer to someone who proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, the process of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ is called evangelism.

Evangelist: someone who proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ

People have different thoughts about evangelist and evangelism.  Some may instantly think of the judgmental street preacher and have a negative connotation of the word. Others may remember fondly a kind pastor who sat in their living room who shared the gospel with them for the first time.  Although God does equip specific people with the spiritual gift of evangelism (Ephesians 4:11), Jesus commanded all his disciples to proclaim His name everywhere (Matthew 28:19-20).

Simply put, evangelism and evangelism training is discipleship.  You are carrying out the responsibilities of a disciple of Christ when you tell people about Jesus or help another Believer grow in his or her faith.  

Starting this Sunday, February 15, I hope you’ll join us as we take another step in being disciples of Jesus Christ. 

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