Fellowship Hall – taking a look at our world again


We pass people each day. And each day we miss seeing their faces, hearing their stories, knowing their need for God.

Often we are focused on the ups and down of our journey, not noticing the people around us and where they are at in life – if they too are hurting, celebrating, confused or lonely. We walk down the halls of our own life, our own jobs, our own activities never opening a door or a window to let others in to join us, to walk with us.

We have good intentions in our lives, and we love Jesus. We may be kind to people, saying a nice “hello, how are you?” when going through the grocery store or coffee shop. But as Christ followers, we aren’t called just to be good or nice.

We are called to be something more. We are charged to live out the light, the hope, the peace that Christ has poured into our lives so that it will overflow onto others, pointing them back to Christ. And deep down inside, aren’t you ready to be part of something bigger than yourself, to be more than you are right now?

We are called to let the Holy Spirit lead us in the way He wants us to go and to the people he wants us to walk with, being intentional to love them sacrificially and unconditionally as an example of His love.

It’s about being part of our community. It’s about living life engaged with people who don’t know Christ, striving to understand their background and the culture they are in so that we will know the best way to connect them to the hope of Christ.

This idea of connecting, community and reaching out to those we overlook daily is what the Fellowship Hall is all about. Join the conversation with Texas Baptists as we discuss ways to open our homes, hearts and lives to people we over look. Through Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, other social media avenues and a new monthly e-newsletter called Opening Doors, we’ll take a look at the faces that pass us each day and see who the Lord leads us to walk beside in His name.

Each month, we will open another door to see how God is working and where He’d like us to join Him in ministering to overlooked people groups in the state. We will explore who the people are, where they live, what life is like for them, ways to get involved and ways to help existing ministries already reaching out to these groups.

This isn’t about starting another program or event, but about being a community, a network that is exploring and conversing about what it means to be a Christ follower, seeking to do and say and live out the call God has placed on us to make disciples of him wherever we are. Let the Fellowship Hall be your portal to taking another look at your world, seeing what mission field is knocking on your doorstep.

Visit www.texasbaptists.org/fellowshiphall to connect with Texas Baptists social media and to sign up for the monthly Opening Doors e-newsletter. To directly access the new Texas Baptists’ blog, visit www.texasbaptists.org/blog.


One Response to “Fellowship Hall – taking a look at our world again”

  1. Gary M. Says:

    I was raised the son of a Baptist preacher.

    In my twenties, while reading the writings of Martin Luther, it struck me that Martin Luther really had re-discovered the central truth of the Christian faith; salvation is by God’s grace alone.

    Do Baptists really believe this?

    Is salvation 100% God’s action or does God require assistance from the sinner? Does the sinner need to bring his faith, his repentance, and his “decision” to the salvation transaction table to work out a salvation exchange with God?

    Luther would say “No!”

    Salvation is ALL God’s doing. That is why it is called a “free gift”.

    I believe that you will find my perspectives as a former Baptist and evangelical very interesting. Please check out my blog postings at:


    God bless,

    Gary M.

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