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Riverchase Baptist marks 25 years of ministry comment (0)

January 10, 2013

By Joseph Rhea

Riverchase Baptist Church, Birmingham, celebrated its 25th anniversary Oct. 7. 

Pastor Jeff Greer said one of the most exciting parts of the day was a conversation with a panel of some of Riverchase Baptist’s charter members. During the Sunday School hour the panel discussed the history of the church, including how it initially met in the basement of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield building in Riverchase. Greer said it was good for the current members of the church to hear about “the exciting time” of the church’s beginning and the hard work the charter members put into seeing the church become a reality.

Charter members also led in key aspects of the service that day — lighting candles, reading Scripture and participating in the music. Alabama Baptist Historical Commission representative Linda Rodgers presented the church with a plaque, and Shelby Baptist Association Director of Missions Hugh Richardson presented a plaque as well.

Greer said the weekly text in his sermon series, Matthew 5:3 — “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” — spoke well to the church’s anniversary.

“In life we think we get better by bearing down and doing more. But that’s not the way Christians go about it; we count on Jesus to lead us,” Greer said. As much as the charter members of Riverchase Baptist put into their church’s beginning, growth only happens through the work of the Holy Spirit, he said.

Greer also used that Sunday to unveil the church’s new mission statement, which he said will give the church vision for the years to come: “We glorify God by making Christ-centered, relationship-driven disciples of all people.”

After the service the church held what Greer laughingly called “the traditional Baptist meal” — catered barbecue. A slideshow of photos from the church’s 25 years of ministry ran during the lunch.

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