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The Pastoral Transition team has been hard at work. The survey was a success and generated a lot of data that is currently being sifted through, categorized, and summarized for inclusion in the church profile document that will be used to inform candidates when the search begins who have an interest and feel called to the role of senior pastor at FCBC. The church profile document is also being worked on. Neal Cordle is shepherding the writing of various sections assigned by the PTT to staff members for completion. That will be completed by August 20th. At that time, the PTT Documentation Working Group will also be completing their work for the church profile to summarize survey findings and demographic information collected for the church and its surrounding area. That will all be included in this church profile document.

Townhall Event: On September 19th at 5:15 PM we will be holding a Townhall Event to give all congregants that have an interest in participating a chance to ask questions of a panel of experts and appointed PTT members concerning the path the PTT is on and the steps that have been taken to date. We encourage anyone interested in participating to either submit their questions through the PTT website ahead of time to the following email address: ptt@fruitcove.com or to come out and ask your questions directly in the Townhall forum. In the PTT’s webpage you will find multiple places where you can submit a question. All the questions that come through the website will be treated as anonymous questions that will be aired at the Townhall Event. This event will also be live streamed so anyone not able to attend can still participate and follow the proceedings.

The Townhall event will kick off at 5:15 PM on September 19, 2021 with a Meet and Greet with refreshments for about 45 minutes. You will be able to speak to the PTT members at that time in the pavilion area ahead of the actual Townhall Event. The actual forum for the questions will begin at 6 PM and run for approximately two hours. Childcare will be provided by the church. Some of the subjects we will be discussing in depth are the process to date the PTT is following, the missions of each working group established to conduct the transition, the timeline established for the transition, the actual search for a new pastor, the timing and methods we wish to employ to successfully find a suitable pastor; and the transition process that will take the form of a side-by-side handoff between Pastor Tim and the new senior pastor. We will also share some of the survey results with the congregation.

We encourage everyone to come out and participate in this most important event in the life of the church. It is your opportunity to voice your opinions, be heard and receive answers to your most important questions and concerns. We look forward to packing out the church with a lot of interested congregants. Place September 19, 2021 at 5:15 PM on your calendars!!

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Thank you to all who participated in the Pastoral Transition Team’s church survey, and to all the FCBC staff and PTT team members who contributed to the survey’s development and dissemination. The survey was a great success! We closed out the survey on June 27th with 746 online responses and several hard copy responses. Those hard copy responses will be folded into the online survey data including any comments received to give us a final, complete number of survey returns. The PTT is now moving into the analysis phase of the survey and will be culling through the results to identify trends while gaining insight into the responses provided by the congregation. That data will then be summarized in the church profile document we are working on which will hopefully be complete, or mostly complete, prior to our September 12th Townhall Event.

The Townhall Event is the next major portion of our communication campaign with the church to allow you all to participate in an open forum panel discussion on subjects and concerns you may want to address related to the process of searching for, finding, calling and confirming a new candidate for our senior pastor role. We will have six panelists to field your questions. Those panelists will consist of the chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Pastoral Transition Team (Dustin Kanady and Jeffrey Crick), the Executive Director of the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), Tommy Green (member of FCBC); a senior consultant from the FBC, Craig Culbreth (member of FCBC), Bob Bumgarner of the Jacksonville Baptist Association who is functioning in a consultant role to the PTT during this process, and a consultant from the external search company being engaged by the PTT on behalf of FCBC to conduct the actual search for a senior pastor candidate. Be on the lookout for other promotional information on this event. I highly encourage people to come and attend, as well as participate in the discussion. We will give the congregation a chance to ask questions through a portal ahead of time as well as live from the floor of the main sanctuary during the event.

Thank you again for your support to this point of the process. Please continue to pray for us as we certainly need and desire the power of prayer interjected into the process as well as our continuing decisions and deliberations.

 

Dustin Kanady, PTT Chairman

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The church survey launched by the Pastoral transition Team went live two weeks ago. To date we have collected responses from 560 respondents. 90.36% of our respondents are church members and 9.64% of respondents are non-members. The running tally for those responding so far breaks out as 61.78% female and 35.34% male. 2.88% of respondents preferred not to give their gender and 144 skipped the question altogether. The two largest groups of people responding to the survey as represented by age comprise those who are between 50-59 years old (20.67% of all respondents) and 60-69 years old (24.52% of all respondents). Groups we would like to hear from that are currently underrepresented are the 16-19 age group (2.64% of all respondents), the 20-29 age group (5.77% of all respondents) and the 30-39 year age group (9.86% of all respondents). We are encouraging these younger demographic groups within the church to take the survey. If you need an older guy (for once) to show you how to access the Internet and take the survey I am happy to refer you to two of our oldest populations within the church – the 70-79 and the 80-89 years old demographics. To date they represent 18.51% of respondents – showing a lot of tech savvy!

Our goal has not changed as a church. We still want to collect surveys from at least 20% of registered and non-registered members or 850 respondents. We are 65.8% of the way to that goal and encourage everyone who has not taken the survey to do so. Please remember that the survey will only be open through June 27, 2021. That time is rapidly approaching! On June 27th at midnight the survey will be taken down to allow the PTT members to begin to tabulate the results. Help us reach that goal. Help us make this a huge success!

Please note – if you or someone you know is not tech savvy and wish to fill the survey out in hard copy format instead of online through the PTT website, you can get a hard copy to fill out by coming to the pavilion each Sunday in between services and after the 11 AM service. We will be happy to collect those responses from you as anonymously as the web page does. You may fill the survey out right then and there, take the survey with you and drop it off at the office later, or drop it in one of the drop boxes around campus. The PTT will be given these responses and will manually add in the information you recorded including your short answer responses.

Thank you in advance for taking the survey. You are making it easier for us to create a church profile and give candidates and prospective new members a snap shot of the church’s makeup and the importance it places on issues that affect the church. God bless. Keep your prayers coming for the transition process and our team! We thank you for all you are doing and for you playing a role in the process.

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The church survey was officially launched on June 26, 2021. It has been a week since it was launched, and to date we have collected 398 survey responses. Our membership roles contain 4,253 members as well as an undisclosed number of non-registered people who regularly attend FCBC. To date, 91.46% of the 398 respondents are church members and 8.54% of respondents are non-members. Of those responding so far, 63.76% are female and 33.8% are male. Our goal as a church is to collect surveys from at least 20% of registered and non-registered members or 850 respondents. We are almost half way to that goal and encourage everyone who has not taken the survey to do so. Please remember that the survey will only be open through June 27, 2021. At that time we will take the survey down and begin to tabulate the results.

One additional note, if you or someone you know wish to fill the survey out in hard copy format instead of online through the PTT website, you can get a hard copy by coming to the pavilion each Sunday in between services and after the 11 AM service through June 27th. There will be hard copies for you to fill out. We will be happy to collect those responses. You may also take the survey with you and drop it off at the office later or in one of the drop boxes around campus. The PTT will be given these responses and will manually add in the information you recorded. All responses will remain anonymous.

Thank you in advance for taking the survey. It is very important to the work we are doing on the Pastoral Transition Team.

Update 05/26/2021 from the Pastoral Transition Team

 The Pastoral Transition Team (PTT) website is now live! You will find a lot of information contained in this website about the PTT members (Bios), Frequently Asked Questions, timelines, meeting minutes from our most recent meeting, current plans, and links to contact the PTT members to ask questions and submit candidate resumes. 

The website information contained herein is designed to foster transparency between the PTT and the church membership (internal stakeholders). It is also provided to inform external stakeholders such as those in the mission fields we support and other external parties that rely on FCBC support such as church plants. The goal of this information is to help everyone stay abreast of the progress the PTT is making towards our ultimate goal of finding a suitable replacement for Pastor Tim as he transitions to a new chapter of his life after 30 years of service to FCBC. June 1st, 2023 will mark 30 years for Pastor Tim since he assumed the mantle of lead pastor. 

You will also find the church survey we developed which is live and ready for all members to take online. You can find the survey prominently posted on this website. And you will find things like our communication plan and other documents that we publish available here as well. For your survey results to have the most impact on the outcome of picking a new pastor, we are looking for as close to 100% participation as possible from all church members. We are asking anyone who is in a leadership role such as Church Staff, Pastoral Staff, Connect Group leaders, Mission Team leaders, Worship Team leaders, Deacons, Preschool staff, Children’s ministry; College, High School and Middle School ministries; SportsLife and other important areas of the church to be sure to fill out a survey. We want 100% participation by every leader in the church.

I thank you in advance for everyone’s participation and will be sure to report back to the church membership the results of the survey (raw data and the summary for each area contained in the survey). Those results will be published in the Church Profile Document we are building. The PTT will report periodically to the church membership through the business meeting forum. We will also communicate through this website by updating material posted in this section of the website.

In addition we will be hosting a Townhall Event on September 12th. This Townhall event will be a panel of experts in the field from notable organizations such as the Jacksonville Baptist Association, the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the chairman of the PTT and one additional expert who has authored a book on the subject of transitioning a senior pastor. You will be able to ask your questions and get straight answers from a panel who will have reviewed our efforts to date and can comment on them using their years of best practice experience shepherding churches through the transition process. Look for more on this in the coming months via email and through posters placed around the campus. Have a blessed day!

Dustin Kanady, PTT Chairman

Reservations

At this time reservations are no longer necessary for Preschool and Children on Sunday mornings.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility over the past 7 months that our reservations system has been in place. Our Preschool and Children’s ministry areas were the two hardest hit church-wide when it comes to the number of people who opted out of serving due to the pandemic. As such we needed to rebuild both of these ministries. The reservations system helped us be ready for you and your children on a weekly basis.

While the reservations system is not currently needed there may be a time in the future that we will need to revert to it. But for now and the immediate following Sundays, we look forward to seeing you and your family Sunday mornings at Fruit Cove…without reservations!

-Family Ministries Team

Bio Transition Team

DUSTIN KANADY

I came to Christianity through the grace of God one cold day in February 2015. Having considered myself a Christian for most of my life, on that night I realized I was what I now term at best an “Intellectual Christian”. I knew the Bible, but I didn’t live the Bible. I realized that for 51 years I had wrestled with the same sins and made the same mistakes repeatedly because I was living life on my own terms more in love with my sins than with Christ. At the time, I was living up in Northern Virginia due to a job change. I was residing in a basement apartment and living away from my wife, Kimberli, who was tied to the St. Augustine area because of her commitment to her terminally ill parents. It was in this dark and lonely basement where I was living that I met Jesus and He changed my life in an instant. And I haven’t been the same since.

I have been very active in the church since my conversion. I have directly been involved with the Prayer Ministry, The Treasured Friends Ministry, The Upward Basketball Ministry, and the Encouragers Ministry. In addition, I was ordained as a deacon. I currently function as the Secretary and Vice-chairman of the deacons. I am also coming up on my third-year anniversary of teaching a Connect Group called Feeding Your Faith. I love to teach and serve through my Connect Group. We support a local mission, Dining with Dignity (feeding the homeless in St. Augustine), and an International mission, the Guatemala Mission.

The desire to serve and be a spiritual leader is Heaven sent. It led me to accept the nomination to be on the Transition Team back in November 2020 and led me to volunteer to be the Chairman of the Transition Team at our first meeting. As chairman of the Transition Team I have a singular focus – to find the best possible, most qualified pastor that can continue the good works begun by Pastor Tim and his staff for the next 30 years. I will use the leadership and professional skills I have gained in the military and in the marketplace to bring about the best possible outcome for this church, our next senior pastor and Pastor Tim. My skills are in leadership, written and oral communication, public speaking, project management, organization of teams, and leading teams of volunteers. I ask for your continuous prayers for the wisdom we need as a group to make good decisions to bring this transition about in the most efficient and smooth manner. God bless one and all.

JEFF CRICK

As a native of Jacksonville I grew up in a typical “cultural” Christian home. In fact, my dad was a preachers kid and my faith hero became my Grandfather Rev. TN Crick. Grandpa was an actual carpenter and church planter who is responsible for starting several churches in homes throughout the Southeast then building their church buildings, many that still stand today. My personal faith journey, however, began in the 10th grade on the baseball field at Sandalwood High-school where one of best friends shared the gospel (Gospel track showing the Bridge Illustration) with me and I finally realized my sin and need for a savior, and began following Jesus as my Lord!

My journey since that day has taken me down several paths of growth and service for the Kingdom of God. My first servant roles in churches started with teaching 5th grade boys here in Jacksonville at Ft. Caroline Christian Church and then leading bible studies in homes for singles at FBC Ft. Lauderdale, where I eventually met my wife Michelle. Over time, I found myself serving as a deacon at FBC FTL and then as a Deacon and eventual Elder at Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church in Stuart FL where we moved after finishing my medical training as a Family Physician in Columbus, GA. During our days in Stuart, Michelle and I helped launch an intensive bible study group called Community Bible Study which is still going strong today. After moving back to Jacksonville in 2014, I became involved in Evangelism and Discipleship training with the #NoPlaceLeft Movement Network and now also serve as a Connect Group leader for Young Families here at FCBC.

My family, who includes two wonderful daughters (Abby and Ashley), have been members here at FCBC for the past 4 years. I was honored to get the call from a Nominating Committee member late last year to help transition this church from our current lead pastor to a new lead pastor. As a Catalytic Leader for the #NoPlaceLeft movement I have been coordinating teams and working with church leaders for the past 4 years developing intentional processes for reproducing disciples, leaders and churches. My profession as a Family Physician allows me the great privilege of knowing individuals very personally and investing in there lives to find balance to a healthy life experience. My own experience as a Mayo Clinic Consultant and Instructor has afforded me many opportunities to train students and residents as well as be part of many teams and committees pursuing what’s best for our patients and the overall organization. I hope these life experiences will aid me as I assist with serving on this Transition Team. My desire is to prayerfully help develop and lead a smooth and healthy transition of leadership that ensures a place for our current and future generations to call home and continue to be equipped as Disciples of Christ and Disciple Makers until all have heard the Good News. He is worthy!

I grew up in a small town in south Mississippi where I was raised and very active in the Baptist church.  I became a Christian at the age of 12 after attending a summer camp with my church youth group.

At my home church in MS I worked in our nursery, directed and taught VBS.

In 2005 I moved to Starkville, MS, where I attended Mississippi State University, got a degree in Risk Management, Insurance and Financial Planning, and met my husband, Robert.

We married in 2007 and moved to Birmingham, AL, where we lived for two years. We moved back to Mississippi in 2009 and welcomed our first child, Kylee in 2010. Our son, Barrett, was born in 2012 and in 2013 we moved to Atlanta.  During the two years we lived in Atlanta we attended FBC Alpharetta where I worked as the Assistant Preschool Director.

We left Atlanta in 2015 to move to Bloomington, IL, where we lived for 3 years and welcomed our third child, Marion Ruth in 2017.

In 2018 we moved to Jacksonville and shortly after we joined FCBC.  I quickly jumped into the children’s ministry to help where I was needed and now you see me every Sunday and Wednesday checking your children in for their classes.

I feel very honored and am excited about being part of the Transition Team.

KELLY GATES

I was born and raised in Jacksonville and came to know Christ at the age of 7. My parents had recently given me a new bible with a question and answer portion located in the back.  For each faith question, there was a scripture reference where the answer could be found in the Word.  I spent a long time reading through all of the questions and answers and began asking my own questions about salvation.  Being raised in a Godly home, Jesus had been part of my life since I was born but from that point on he became my personal Lord and Savior. 

I have been a member of Fruit Cove Baptist since I was in the fourth grade.  I met my husband Barrett on our church campus while we were in high school.  Barrett and I were married in 2009.  Our son Jack was born in 2018 and we welcomed our daughter Margaret in February 2021.  Over the years I have served as an adult Sunday school leader, children’s ministry volunteer and have worked with both the women’s and In His Image ministries. 

I am honored to serve on the Pastoral Transition Team. I bring more than 14 years of experience in both nonprofit and ministry.  While I am currently spending this season at home with my young children, most recently I served as the director of donor engagement and stewardship for the University of North Florida Foundation.  It is my goal to humbly serve the Lord and this church that I love dearly through the pastoral transition process.

Sunil Kuchipudi
Sunil Kuchipudi

Growing up in India, I was surrounded by Hindu and Muslim friends who are still some of my closest friends. It was understood at that time that religion is what you are born into and tied to family, birth, and nationality. Sometimes, my friends would ask me questions such as, “Who is Jesus?” and “Why would you follow a Western God when we have a number of gods and gurus of our own?” At that time, I had no idea, so I would blurt something out and change the topic. During my college years, I joined a Bible study led by the Navigators at the university dorm. I came across the verse in John 14:6 where Jesus clearly answered “I am the Way and the Truth and Life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. 

It was rather a jarring feeling to see why Jesus’ claim would be so exclusive. As I continued to study the words of our Lord in the Gospels, it became clear to me that He is the only One who shed His blood for me and you. He died for my sins and not only for mine, but also the sins of the entire world! He is the resurrected Savior who overcame the curse of death and gives all hope and eternal life. On an Easter Sunday morning, at 18 years of age, I personally accepted Jesus Christ into my life and was baptized in a small Brethren Fellowship in India.

I started helping lead bible studies in the university dorms. I did evangelism on the streets, this entailed presenting the gospel, clarifying the questions that people asked, and pointing them to Christ. In 1993, I came to the US to pursue my graduate studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF). I joined Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and helped lead the bible studies on the UCF campus.

In 2010 our family moved to Jacksonville to join FCBC and I started serving in various ministries such as Upward Sports ministry. I also have the privilege of uplifting ministry work in Haiti. 

When the Nominating Committee selected me, I prayerfully accepted. I am honored and humbled to serve on this journey.  I have around 20 years in the technology industry, experience in financial, government and advisory industries, and executing strategic and transformational projects for global organizations.  It will be a privilege to serve and apply my leadership and organizational skills to support a successful pastoral transition. I can only do this with your support and prayers and earnestly seek them during this journey.

ROSS NELSON

I grew up in Houston Texas where our family attended a methodist church.  As a child I recall participating in all the various plays and musicals that the children’s ministry put on.  We moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1999 and shortly thereafter began attending a local baptist church.  It was there at age 16 that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior; I had heard the word of God all my life but only in that moment did I feel compelled to follow in obedience.

While attending school in Kentucky my family moved to Fruit Cove in 2003, and in 2006 I followed suit.  For the last 14 years as a member of Fruit Cove I have served faithfully in the music ministry playing in the orchestra on Sundays.  It is through serving in this ministry that I feel the fulfillment of my desire to be used by God.  For the past 2 years I have also served in the Wednesday Children’s Ministry.  It is such a joy to support the growth of faith in the children of FCBC. While serving in the music ministry I met my wife Larisa, we were married in 2012.  After many years of trying to have a child, we prayed and felt led by God to start the adoption process.  We are currently in the waiting period of the process.

The Nominating Committee reached out about being a part of the Transition Team in November 2020.  After prayerful consideration, I accepted the privilege to serve on this team.  As the team begins the process we ask for your continued prayers that we bring honor and glory to God.

Michael Osborne

I came to know Christ in March of 1974 at 6 years of age.  At the time, my father pastored a church in California, and we were having a youth revival that was led by a student/college group.  After one of the services, my father and mother were in a meeting and one of the young ladies from the lead group saw me sitting outside.  She approached me and asked if I knew about Jesus.  I said yes (duh – my dad is the preacher).  However, she started talking with me in a way that hadn’t happened before and discussed how Jesus died for me.  It made me think about Jesus not as a “biblical figure” but as MY SAVIOR.  Sitting on the steps of the church, I prayed with this young lady and accepted Christ right there.  Afterwards, I raced to tell my parents and excitedly interrupted their meeting.  Later, my parents talked with me about my experience and felt confident that I had a real experience with Christ.  The impact of that decision at that time made a huge difference for me in my formative years of school and college.  Although I was and am a sinner, my early life was framed by a belief that Christ is my guide, and I usually made key decisions by asking the Lord to lead me.

My first adult experience in serving the church came when I was living in Hattiesburg, MS at Temple Baptist Church.  I started in choir and later as part of our worship team.  Choir and worship team were my longest service opportunities, but this was my inroad into other church service.  I also taught (with my future wife) classes in our Singles Group and later became an ordained deacon at Temple in 2005.  I was also a member and Chairperson of our Church Personnel Committee for 4 years.  In 2011 we left Hattiesburg and moved to Panama City, FL.  We became part of First Baptist Church Panama City and got involved in the Children’s Ministry (our daughters were 6 and 5 years old at the time).  To be honest, we loved the pastor and many members of the church but did not get as “plugged in” as we wanted to be there.  When we came to Fruit Cove in 2017, we had a desire to be more missional and more relational.  With our daughters, we have taken part in several mission experiences including the Romanian Mission Team, the Harvest City Church Mission, and the Mission Miami Project with the Middle School Ministry.  Also, we have had several local mission opportunities including City Rescue Mission, Dream Church, and the Fruit Cove Car Show.  I am currently one of the teachers for the “Parents of Middle School & High School” class and assist my wife with the Middle School Ministry food service as needed. 

In November of 2020, the Church Nominating Committee asked me if I would consider being a part of the Transition Team.  I requested a week to provide my answer – this was because I understood the gravity of what this team will work on for the church.  It is an important task that will shape our church for years to come.  I accepted the opportunity to be a part of this team and want to assist in the ways necessary to help us get to the “Lord’s Outcome”.  I encourage all of us to pray without ceasing for God’s will to be done in this endeavor. 

Married to Debra for 18 years – daughters Gracen (15) and Samantha (13) 

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Advent Day 21 – His Name Shall Be … Prince of Peace

“His name shall be… Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:7
One of the hardest places to believe that Jesus would be “the Prince of Peace” is in the midst of a war. Those who have spent the Christmas holiday on a battlefield or deployed and away from their family will nod their heads in understanding.
On Christmas Eve, 1914, this reality came home. The British and German infantry, weary from warfare, found themselves facing off over “no-man’s land.” This ground, a football field in length, was littered with the corpses of fallen soldiers, dead animals, and the hollowed-out husks of abandoned tanks.
But something miraculous happened that evening. The Germans had retreated to a monastery, and began to set it up with Christmas trees, Tannenbaum, and lights. As the evening went on, they started singing Christmas carols.
A couple of British soldiers saw what was happening, and against orders risked the long walk across no-man’s land. They approached and were welcomed by the German soldiers. Soon, dozens of other British soldiers came. A French soldier, a member of the Paris Opera, sang “O Holy Night.”
Over the next two days, the soldiers met together, exchanged gifts and souvenirs, and buried their dead. Games of soccer broke out between the soldiers. And on the evening of the second night, one of the men began singing “Silent Night, Holy Night.”
That evening, on the cold muddy, blood-soaked ground of Flanders Field, “all was calm, and all was bright.” The Prince of Peace had shown up in the middle of a war, and for forty-eight hours some homesick, weary, and hardened soldiers played, and sang like children.
Peace can come in the midst of your battlefield, too. Maybe you’re not facing off against an enemy combatant. Maybe your enemy is a family member, a marital partner, or your parents. The same One Who caused peace to break out on a muddy battlefield, surrounded by decay and death, can bring peace to your home, your family, and your heart.
Trust Him. He is the Prince. And where He reigns, there will be “peace on earth,” “peace with God,” and “peace in our hearts.” It starts with your invitation to allow Him to rule.
…Won’t you give yourself… and those you know… the gift of peace this Christmas?

Advent Day 03 -The Fullness of Time Continued

Well it’s almost here! As December rolls around on our calendars, the official December countdown to Christmas has begun. There is an unusual expectancy in the air this year. My neighborhood has already gone “over the top” in decorations. The time is ripe… for something.

There was a constant sense of expectancy in Israel in the days and years before Jesus’ nativity. Messiah had to come soon. God had promised His arrival from days of old. The prophets had prophesied. The conditions were right. And, indeed, they were.

“When the fullness of time had come…” Paul writes in Galatians. Why was this time the right time? History gives us some important clues:

  1. The Romans had conquered and, for all intents and purposes, tamed the known world. The “Pax Romana” (peace of Rome) lay like a blanket over Europe and parts of Asia.
  2. A system of roadways called “the Roman road” (any one of which would literally take you to Rome) crisscrossed the previously treacherous countryside.
  3. Unemployed Roman soldiers, idle due to lack of war, were put to work keeping the peace and protecting travelers on the roads from thieves and hijacking of goods being transported.
  4. A common language was shared, uniting the Greco-Roman world with “common” Greek; the language in which our New Testament would ultimately be written.
  5. The Jews had now received favored religion status under the Roman Empire, and they began an aggressive program of building synagogues in every city.

While others could be added, these realities alone show that the stage was set for Jesus to come. The conditions of the world would allow the Gospel to begin to travel to “the uttermost parts of the earth.” Missionaries could journey safely, protected by elite Roman soldiers. The common language would allow the pages of the New Testament to be written and understood by multitudes. And the synagogues became the first places for evangelism as the first Christians entered cities unreached by the Gospel.

How wise of God! These are just a few physical things that made the timing of Christ’s birth to be, well…perfect. It is so important that we learn to trust God when He says “wait,” or when He says “go.”

He knows when the time is right. And His timing is never wrong!

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