It Was Very Good: God, Genesis, and the Joys of Faith (Part 3)

Give us Jesus Christ, the one Lord
                  who is truly worthy of all our praise!

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Sunday, June 15, 2014
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A Parting Word from John Beeson

Next Sunday is my last Sunday as Facilities Administrator at Stone Hill. It is also the last Sunday that my family and I will attend Stone Hill. As many of you know, I recently accepted a job to serve as Director of Annual Giving with Christian Union. We will still live in the area, and while we’ll be at Stone Hill from time to time, for a variety of reasons we are currently planning to attend a church in New York City.

I feel a mixture of joy and sorrow. I’m joyful at the prospect of partnering with Christian Union, a great organization and a great gifting fit. Plus I’ll get to work with Angel, which is a sweet grace. But I am very sad to say farewell to you, my friends, here at Stone Hill.

It has truly been a privilege and a joy to serve alongside you. I am grateful for you, your friendship, and your faithful partnership in God’s ministry. Back in the summer of 2003, as new seminary-transplants we drove up a hard-to-find little road, parked in a gravel parking lot, and opened maroon doors to a homey sanctuary replete with gold sconces. It was there we met some of you for the first time. For over 10 years we’ve visited each other in the hospital, played absurd games at men’s retreats, sung thousands of hymns, painted a school in Morocco, studied the Bible, and built a church – spiritually and (as God would have it) physically.

I leave with a great sense of accomplishment and joy at what Christ has done through us. But there is sorrow too. You have been true friends and partners in gospel ministry. Paul’s words couldn’t be truer: I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:3-6).