101-year-old man actively evangelizing at FBC Samsoncomment (0)
September 4, 2008
By Bethany Akridge
Jack Jones is a valuable part of First Baptist Church, Samson, in Geneva Baptist Association. Besides his contributions as an active church member and Sunday School teacher, Jones has been blessed with wisdom that only comes through time. Living 101 years on this earth will do that.
Jones has been involved with First, Samson, for more than 50 years, singing in the choir for 40 of those years. He was the first one baptized in the church’s new sanctuary, built in 2007, and the oldest to be baptized there so far.
“An enjoyable part of my Sunday mornings is walking past the classrooms while Sunday School is going on,” said Sam Totten, pastor of First, Samson. “I love the way [Jack] teaches. He’s a big encouragement to our folks and always brings a smile to people’s faces.”
Jones grew up near Geneva. His career was in construction as a heavy equipment operator. He helped build airports, interstates and the Enterprise High School stadium. During his first job, he worked with his brother to maintain the road between Samson and Kinston, long before the days of paving. It was then that he met Elizabeth, a young girl from Samson who would become his wife and begin a life with him in the small town.
Before her death, Elizabeth and Jack were married almost 68 years and raised three children in the church before their family grew with the additions of children-in-law, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
“I thank the good Lord every day for every blessing,” Jones said. “He’s the only one who can bless, you know.”
In return, Jones seeks to be a blessing to others. He teaches the senior men’s Sunday School class and looks for opportunities to tell others about Jesus.
“Nine out of 10 times, if you’ll initiate a conversation with a stranger, they’re ready to talk with you,” Jones said. “Our main purpose here on this planet is to tell others about Jesus.”
In fact, Jones thinks the greatest failure of today’s Christians is lack of evangelism — and he’s watched it decrease from one generation to the next.
He said this is a result of people not taking their relationship with God seriously.
“I try to take the Christian life seriously because it is a serious thing,” Jones said. “A person is either saved or lost.
There is no in between.”