A NEW FACE, A NEW VOICE
Meet Ainsley Rushton, FBC’s new Ministry Assistant. Her smiling face will welcome you when you visit the office and her voice will greet you when you call.
Ainsley is a dedicated Christian and a lifelong, active member of Jacksonboro Baptist Church. She served five years with Salkahatchie Summer Service, a church outreach program that serves designated areas with housing needs. As a result, she found her love for community and serving others. She is passionate for the great outdoors and her favorite pastime is playing with all five of her dogs.
Education: Colleton County High School; Trident Technical College;
“I am very excited to be given the opportunity to join the First Baptist staff.” - Ainsley
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR HAL
“After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts,
and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who
plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.” I Corinthians 3:5-9 (NLT)
The church at Corinth had many problems, which the Apostle Paul addressed in person and in his three known letters to the church. (Two of these letters were preserved and became a part of the New Testament canon. The third is referenced in one of the letters but is lost.) One of the biggest issues in Corinth was the existence of factions.
These factions were composed of fans of the superstars of the early church: Peter, Apollos, and Paul. In the passage above, Paul is attempting to help them under-stand that (1) church factions are un-healthy (2) hero worship is dangerous (3) God places different leaders in the life of the church with different giftings and personalities and at different times to contribute something unique to the life and growth of the church, and (4) It’s God who makes the church grow, The rest of us are just workers in his field. So, the glory belongs to God.
Peter was a leader who was trained by the Lord himself. Then the Holy Spirit turned his naturally passionate personali-ty into a powerful voice for the Kingdom. Apollos was a gifted speaker, described as “eloquent” in the way he spoke, and knowledgeable in the Scriptures. Paul, of course, was a multi-gifted, brilliant-minded, tireless servant of the Lord. Each one men con-tributed something unique to the early church.
I’m grateful beyond words for my special time with First Baptist, but I’m just as grateful that God, in his infinite wisdom and perfect timing, has led Dr. Jeff Hessinger to be your new pastor. He’s a man of extraordinary gifts and passion for the Lord’s work and the Kingdom. He and Errin will bring something new and different for this season of the church. Different is good. To God be the glory!