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Bessemerís Concord Baptist celebrates 125 years comment (0)

February 14, 2013

By Julie Payne


It was a time to remember the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the future. And that is exactly what Concord Baptist Church, Bessemer, did as it commemorated its 125th anniversary during three consecutive Sunday services.

On Nov. 4, 2012, the church celebrated the past with Shelby Smith, a retired Baptist representative who grew up in the Bessemer Baptist Association church.

Smith spoke about Concord Baptist as it was and shared about his calling into missions through the church. “That was a real good way to … celebrate the past,” Pastor Matt McGukin said.

Jamey Pruett, a former pastor of Concord who now serves as pastor of Gilliam Springs Baptist Church, Arab, shared Nov. 11 and spoke on celebrating the present. After that service, the entire congregation moved outside for a churchwide photo.

Then on Nov. 18, McGukin shared a sermon on looking forward to the future, and Alabama Baptist Historical Commission representative Bobby Joe Seales presented a commemorative plaque to the church. Following the service everyone enjoyed dinner in the church fellowship hall.

According to McGukin, the vision for Concord is the Great Commission. He noted the church is involved in missions projects in the state and also has adopted a village in Peru to “help see a church planted there.”

He added one of the most memorable highlights of the anniversary was the opportunity to see the history of 125 years and to recognize the faith of so many in the past who have laid an “excellent foundation.” 

“We’re blessed to be a small part of what God is doing,” he said. 

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