The namesake of our wonderful city, Saint Augustine of Hippo, came to faith in Jesus later in his life. In his Confessions, he wrote of God (referring to him as “O beauty”):
“Late have I loved you, O beauty,
ever ancient, ever new,
late have I loved you!
You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you.”
Our Leadership Team sensed that Ever Ancient, Ever New would be the perfect theme for the Capital Stewardship Campaign for Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL! It embodies so much of what we believe and who we are…
Our God, as Augustine says, is indeed Ever Ancient, Ever New. He existed before anything else and caused all things to come into being. Yet, in Scripture we often hear God speak of newness: “Behold, I do a new thing,” and “sing to the Lord a new song” are just two examples.
The gospel itself is Ever Ancient, Ever New. Jesus was, according to Scripture, “foreknown before the foundation of the world but revealed in these last times for you.” We see the first prophecy of the gospel of peace and restoration in Genesis 3, just after the fall into sin of Adam and Eve. And when a person trusts Jesus, “… he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”
Our own church is Ever Ancient, Ever New. We are rooted in God and in the gospel. We are the oldest Southern Baptist Church in the city, and we have helped established newer churches over the years. We have a historic building in a historic city. And while our buildings are “ancient” by modern standards, we have ever sought to keep them up to date to minister to new people in new times. The building of our Sanctuary in 1895 was a mighty testament to God’s providence as the impressive structure was built debt free in two years! Just over a century later, many of those here today participated in another God-inspired project, the renovation of the Sanctuary. Sacrificial gifts by the people of God brought about the renovation that so enhances the worship of our God week to week.
In our recent Visioning Process, we noted other areas of our facilities and grounds that need upgrade and repair so that they will remain usable spaces for welcome, worship, study, fellowship, and ongoing discipleship efforts. Our church is over 130 years old—ancient!—but our task is not complete. It is ever new to every generation. We are called to make disciples, and we do that through "head, heart, hands, and feet." That is, disciples learn, love, serve, and share. Our Ever Ancient, Ever New Campaign will enable us to keep doing what God has called us to do, using the wonderful tool of our facilites for many years in the future. We invite all to participate!
Ever Ancient, Ever New Schedule
| Sunday, March 31
|| Testimony by Pastor Fred O. Pitts; Dr. Clarence Hackett, Preaching
| Sunday, April 7
|| Testimony by Hugh and Ann Peters; Pastor Fred, Preaching
| Sunday, April 14
|| Palm Sunday; Testimony by David and Marsha Sneller; Pastor Fred, Preaching
| Sunday, April 14
|| Ever Ancient, Ever New Banquet, 6 p.m.
| Sunday, April 21
|| Ever Ancient, Ever New Celebration Sunday (Easter)
| Sunday, May 5
|| First Fruits Offering Sunday
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