Jim and becca lyin had been dating for a while. They had become engaged. They both grew up attending fundimental baptist churches. They were both committed to Baptist distinctive and doctrine.
That had all changed when he and her attended a wedding at a non fundimental church. He had got in trouble for it. It caused him to rethink his direction in life.
He decided to abandon independent fundimental Baptist. He wanted to take a break from the engagement. But she said no. She wanted to stay with him no matter what.
They went to the church hia cousin and his wife attended. He was still not sure. That night they came back.
The car pulled in. “Your still nervous? “She commented. “Yea i am a little. I used to rail against all of this. Now i am considering joing it. Whats happening to me?” he asked. “It will be ok. Your not compromising who you are.your principles are stronger then ever. Your only altering your views on style. ” she told him. “I know your right. It is still hard. ” he admitted.
“We will get though this together my love. “She said. They exited the car. They took eachothers hand and walked inside hand in hand. She aleays loved his touch. She found she needed it.
They went inside. The greeter remembered them. “Hi jim and becca. Right? ” grrig said. “Yes that is correct. Your grieg?” he asked. The greater said that he was correct.
“I am glad you came back. I hope you will be hear on a regular bases.” greg said. “So far we like it. ” becca chimed in. He just smilled.
They went to the maine auditorium. He saw his cousign and his wife. “You came back!” bryan said. ” i am a little surprised myself! ” jim said.
“We are vary glad that you are hear. ” his wife jess said. “We are glad to be hear. We enjoyed this morning. ” becca said.
“Hey becca. On monday night we have a ladies bible study. We meet at 6:00 at night. There are alot of younger ladies. It is really good. Can you come?” jess asked. “I would love to. ” becca said.
Jim eas surprised that becca was eiger to jump into all of this. She seemed to be all this. She was more enthusiastic then he was.
She really liked the idra of going to the ladies bible study. She was eiger to get to know jess better. She wanted to get to know other ladies in the church especialy ones her age ot close to it.
“So are you seriously thinking aboit coming hear full time?” bryan asked. “Yes we definitely are. ” jim said. Bryan smilled.” excellent. The pastor likes to take younger man under his wing. I assume you still want to go into ministry. He will plug you in. Your will be extremely busiy but it is worth it. ” Bryan said.
“Yes i do want to go into ministry. “Jim said. Becca was so glad to hear him say that. So was bryan. Bryan really liked his cousin. He wanted to see him grow and excell in the lord.
“This church is due for another wedding!, jess commented. ” i am certently am ready for a wedding. “Becca chimed in.
“I would love to help you plan it. “Jess said. “Sounds great. ” becca said. Becca tried to mention the wedding as much as posible. She wanted jim to know that she verry much wanted to do it. She wanted to marry him. She wanted him to be sure of that.
“You two make a realy cute couple! ” jess remarked. Becca squeezed his hand and smilled. “We think so too!” she said.
The pastor and his wife came over to becca and jim. “Hi. Welcome back! I am so glad that you are hear. We were hoping that you would come back. ” the pastor said.
“It is good to be hear. ” Becca said. “We hope that you will feel at home hear. We realy like this church and hope you will as well. ” the pastor’s wife told them.
Becca notticed that jim had gotten prety quiet. She wished that she could read his mind. She wished she knew what was he thinking. She suspected that he was having doubts. He was having what some might describe as buyers remorse. She did not quite understand what he was going though. She was trying to.
She felt at home hear. There was something that she realy liked about this church. She felt that this church could be a good thing for both of them. She hoped that he would embrace it.
“So far so good! “Becca lyinn said. Jim just smiled. Everyone was really friendly. Several had come up and talked to them. She suapected that these would one day become good friends.
After a while the church service started. The pastor made anoncements. Then the worship team got up. She could tell that he was uncomfoetible during this. He did sing along. She sang along more enthusiastically.
Her family were very tradional . they were old . her mom was a piano teacher. Her family were hyims only. She had never listened to ccm or klove or anything like that. She had never really wanted to.
The truth is that her parent’s convictions on music had never really been hers. She did not feel as strongly on this as even she would have thought. She was ok with the music hear. She even kind of liked it. She felt that ccm was wrong but could never articulate why.
She threw herself into it. She noticed that jim did not. She hoped that jim was not offended by her response. She wanted to give this a chance. She hoped that jim understood that. If jim decided to go back to the old church, she would suport that. She wanted him to know that as well.
She suspected that he would not be happy at the old church. It would be drudgery. He would trudge along because that was what he was supposed to do. It would not really be him. Those at that church would no longer trust him. He probably could not teach the sunday school class he had before. He could not mostlikly preach there. He might not be able to preach at like minded churches or retreets as he had. He would be a periah.
Could he be welcomed hear? He was stil king James exclusive. That would not change. Both he and Becca lyinn were strong suporters of the king James and textus receptis. They were both suportive of more conservitive dress. He could be ok with dressing down a little bit. Both believed that women should wear dreses or skirts. He could be ok with not wearing suits to services.
The messege was really good. Both jim and becca liked the mesege. The pastor did preach from the king james. He preached in a very simple and consice mannor.
He preached on godliness. He preached on being godly in an ungodly world. He preached on sticking to the word of God. He challenged those present to cling to the word of God. To read it and live it.both thought that it was really good.
After the service, the pastor and his wife talked to them. “So did jess tell you about the bible study tomorrow night? ” jill ,the pastor’s wife asked. “She did. I am going to try to make it.” jess told her.
Jill smiled. “Great! I was hoping that you would. We have a realy good group. It is a lot of fun. We have a good study. ” jill said. “We all really like it. ” jess said.
Becca felt like she was already part of the church. She felt like this was right.she felt like this waa where she should be. She felt that this would be a real beginning. She was excited for it.excited for what God was doing and would do.
After a while they walked out. They walked hand in hand. “So hunnie are you really considering going to the bible study?” he asked.
She was stuned by his question. ” yea. I think it is a good idea. It will give me a chance to get to know the ladies in the church. It will let me get a feel for the church as well. ” he said.
“Your sure it is not too soon to realy dive in?” he asked. “It is not commiting to anything. I like what i see so far. I will be keep my objectivity. I want to get to know this church more and those in it. ” she told him.
” ok. ” he said. “Your ok with me going aren’t you?” she asked. “Of course i am. I was just curias about your thoughts on it. “He said.
She smilled. ” ok. ” she said. They went to her apartment. They sat on the steps. They were never inside each other’s home. They did hang out outside.
“I had a good day with you today. I see this as a kind of adventure. I see this as you and i ploting our course in the lord. We are together making our faith our own. We are shaping how our family will work. Not forsaking the example of our parents and grand parents but building on it. “Becca told him.
“I had not thought of it that way. I like that. ” he said. “I do too. ” she said. “I thought today went well. I want to be cautious but i like it so far. ” he said.
“I do too. I want to give this church a chance. I think it could be really good. I really do. ” she told him. He got a little more relaxed.
After a while he walked her to her car. She gave him a great big hug. “I love you so much jim. I am so proud to be your fiancée. I cant wait to be your wife. ” she told him.
“I love you so much bec! “He told her. She smiled. She huged him tighter. She went to her car and got in. The car drove off. He watched her go.
He went inside. He checked his facebook. He got several meseges from people at gospel baptist church.they told him that they missed them at church. Some told him they hoped that they would come back.
He did not reply. He just read them over. He closed face book. He was woried about all this. He knew that it was just his nerves. He tried to stay calm and colected.
End of part three.
Becca lynn goes to a ladies bible study at the new church and has a really good time.