When people ask, “What difference does it make that KingsWay is part of Sovereign Grace Churches?” I respond, “Jesus prayed for the unity of his church. We want to give as much expression to that unity as possible. So we’re united with like-minded churches in fellowship, mission, and governance.” 

The first element – fellowship – is really important. Pick a Pauline epistle in the New Testament. If you turn to the end, you won’t find a list of random names. Justus. Epaphras. Luke. Archippus. Each of those names represents relationship, genuine friendship between members of the same church and friendship between members of different churches. After all, we share the same mission. We need the same gospel. We have similar challenges. The same Word of God equips us to follow Jesus in every area of life. Thus, Paul could write in Colossians 4:16, “And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.”

Much of the fellowship we enjoy with other Sovereign Grace Churches occurs on a pastoral level. I don’t think a week ever goes by without me having some sort of communication with pastors from the other seven churches in our Mid-South Region. My wife, Aliza, and I recently spent a delightful week in Orlando, FL attending our denomination’s annual Pastors Conference. The highlight of our time by far was encouraging and learning from other couples in ministry, many of whom we have known for over a decade. 

This fall, we have a unique opportunity to experience the same kind of regional fellowship on a churchwide level. Three SGC congregations in our region have partnered together to host a men’s retreat on December 6-7 at the Eagle Eyrie Retreat Center just outside Lynchburg, VA. We’re focusing on the lessons from the life of King David. He was the King of Israel, yet he battled fear, anxiety, and depression. He loved God passionately, yet he sinned grievously. David was a formidable warrior and a deeply sensitive musician. The example of his life forces us outside the cultural confines of American masculinity to learn what it means to follow Jesus as a redeemed son of God. 

Online registration is open until Sunday, November 24. A solid group of older and younger men from KingsWay have already signed up to make the trip. We would love for you to join us! 

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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