Becca Lynn morgen was second oldest child of five kids. Both sets of parents were from a very conservative independent fundimental Baptist family. Growing up she only read from the king james bible. She only listened to old hymms and sacred Christian music. She never watched telivison or movies. Her reeding materials were carefully screaned. She only wore dresses or skirts never pants excepts for underneath a a skirt during outside activities or chores.
She seemed the ideal canidate to be a independent baptist wife. Manny young men within the movement wanted to Mary her. Her heart seemed to always belong to one man.it had as long as she had known him.
Becca adnired jim almost at the moment she met him. They were both young when they met. Everyone in the church assumed that they would date and one day get marry. There parents were close friends so it made sense that would get together.
Even as children they were close friends. No one was surprised when they chose to date. They weathered every storm even being seperated when he went to college and she was stil in high school.
When his cousign bryan invited him to his wedding,of course he was going to go. He and bryan were close. He explaned the situation to becca.becca knew bryan and his fiancée well. She did not hessitate to agree to go.
Neither one of them thought that it was a big deal. Both families knew that they were going. Members of his farthers church including his parents attended the wedding. They were shocked when they were taken to the office of the deen and questoned about the weading. Jim took the blame.
Both tried to horner the school despite there disagreements over this. Becca did not think that this was a serious issue. She had her parents permission to attend the wedding. She did not understand the controversy. She did not believe that jim should have been censured over this.
That event was a wattershed for him. It was a beginning for him. It led to a rethink for him. She did not see it as a big issue at first. She and him discused it at length. He saw this as a threat to there relationship. She saw it as a time of growth.
As he decided to explore churches beyond the realm of i.f.b ,she vowed to go with him. She was schocked when he sugested that mayby they should post pone or even canceil the engagement. She did not want that. He was her family. She would fight for it.
He wanted to visit the church himself at first. She would not have it. She wanted to go with him. She insisted he take her with him.
She woke up sunday morning. She took a shower. She got ready for church. She wore a red top and black skirt. She tried not to look too dresed up but she did not want to look out of place either. She felt like a fish out of water. She figured she would ajust. She braded her hair.
She drove to his house. She parked the car. He greated her. He wore a buttoned down collared shirt and brown pants. He always wore a suit and tie. Now he was trying to go native.
He felt out of place. That was ok. He knew that it would subside. He had considered giving up. He considered trying to mend fences with his old home church and the i.f.b. he decided to stic with it.
He looked troubled. She could tell that he was having doubts about all this. She smiled at him. “This is realy a nuty idea is it bec?”he asked. “No its not. It will be fine. ” she assured him. “I hope so.” he said.
They went in his car, he drove. They arived at the church. The church was techically a baptist church but it droped the name Baptist from its title. It was still incorporated as faith bible Baptist church but on the air it was called faith bible church.
The car parked. Jim nervously got out of the car. She was not quite as skidish as he was. Jim had come up with his idea but was reluctent to follow though with it. They both left the car and walked to the church.
They were greated by an usher that gave them the buliton. They saw bryan and jess. “You actualy came?” Bryan said. “I have not started melting yet. ” jim said. “It took an hour in for the last fundy who visited hear to melt. ” bryan said.
“We are really glad that you you came! ” jess said “thank you. We are glad to be hear. ” becca said. They folowed Bryan and his wife into the main sanctuary. They sat down next to his cousign and his wife.
Jim could not get over his nerves. He was suprised that becca was not nervous. She seemed perfectly calm. He found that odd sence he felt like as conservative as he was, she was well to the right of him. Yet she was fine with all this. Even before the service began even in the parking lot,he considered leaving and abandoning all of this and going back to gbc. He did not. He decided to stic with it. Then the service began.
The church had started around the same time as gospel baptist had. It was started by a independent Baptist pastor. It soon became more and more evengelical. It became more contenpary. Eventually it droped the baptist from its name. It became a cominity church.
The pastor gave opening renarks. Then the worship team took over. They sand contemporary prase and worship songs many that could be heard on klove and other ccm stations. People in the audience were singing along dancing and lifting thrre hands. It looked more like a penticoastal church then a baptist one. Jim was a bit uncomfortable. Becca was singing along. She did not apear to have the moral qums he did.
It seemed like the music went on foever. He was hoping it would end soon. Becca was enjoying it. She tried to be a little more reserve then she otherwise might be.
He liked the preaching. He was suprised that it was biblicaly based. He figured that he could be spritualy fed hear. He still was not sure. He would rather go hear then any other evengelical church he suposed. Mayby he should go back to his old church.
After the service he introduced them to his pastor. “Pastor do you remember my cousign jim and his fiancée becka.”bryan asked. “I do. It is good to see you. Bryan said your considering coming hear full time?”pastor jeff asked. “We are definently considering it.”jim said.
“Well i hope you will come hear. This is a good church i think. We are interested in serving the lord and impacting the greater community. There are plenty of opportunities to serve. I went to fubdimental biblical uniservity. I went to school with pastor clark greig.”he said.
“Are you two stil on speaking terms?”jim asked. “We are. I still attend the spring conferences albiet in disguise. Clark and i are still good friends. I avoid manny of the staf including dr. Wyit.”jeff said. “Doctor wyit is the reason i have left the movement. “Jim said.
“Bryan mentoned his wedding caused some controversy. We dont have a lot of doctrinal differences with f.b.u mostly stylistic ones. I am sorry that yoir attendence caused difuclties. “Jeff said. “It was a shock. ” bryan said.
“I can imagine. We do not want to step on anyone’s toes. We try to stand on the word of God. If the lord had not said we try not to make it a law. I hope to talk to you futher on this. Plese consider making this your church home” jeff said.
Becca was sold but jim was not so sure. He was not sure that he could settle down hear. They talked to a few people then went to the car.
“I really liked it. I felt very welcome. I would like to get to know jess more. “Becca said. “I liked it. Yea i am wiling to give it a shot. “Jim said. “You sont seam totaly convinced. ” she said. “I just dont know. It is probably the best evengelical church in the area. I just dont know. I am willing to give it a chance. I think we can make it work.”jim said. “I think this will be a good fit for us. “She said. He had his doubts. He would give it a chance.
To be continued.
Next up at evening service becca is invited to a ladies group. Jim strugles with his doubts.