One of my hopes for this town is that Covington would be a benchmark in Georgia for integrity and righteousness. This will only happen through the ministry of strong churches in our area.
At First Baptist we recognize that the problems of society run deep, all going back to the fall of man through Adam's sin. These are problems that cannot be cured through business or politics, but only through redemption in Christ. Hope for our community is not found in elections or more job opportunities, but in the Gospel of our Lord.
Unless there are churches in Covington that believe and preach that Gospel, our city and surrounding county is in trouble. I am grateful for the churches that do hold fast to the truth of God's word and I mourn for the churches that have exchanged the Gospel for something less.
If you are reading this article and are a believer in Jesus Christ, I want to challenge you to expect your church to love God's word and believe in God's truth. If you have a pastor that is unwilling to preach the Gospel and the full council of God's word, you must challenge him or find another church where you and your family can be fed. Your spiritual health and the health of your church depend on this.
If you are reading this article and are not a believer, I want to ask you: Where is your foundation? What decides for you what is right and wrong or true or false?
If it is just what you think or what the popular opinion of the day is, well then what value does truth or morality really have? That is a dangerous worldview and I would challenge you to submit to the supreme ruler of the universe the Lord Jesus Christ. Find a church that preaches His truth and invest your life there.
If the people of Covington and Newton County will submit to the Lord and the truth of His word, this community has a bright future and we will be that benchmark of integrity and righteousness for our state.
If not, we are destined to the go the way of the world and to feel the effects of sin like never before. I pray that we would continue walking humbly with the God of truth, for the sake of our own lives, for the sake of our community, for the sake of our nation, and for the sake of the glory of God.
Jason Dees is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Covington. He can be reached at 770-786-9031 or www.firstbaptistcovington.com or www.facebook.com/jasondees.