I just finished compiling a cookbook to commemorate our church’s 50th anniversary. This unique project is a bit different from most church cookbooks. Its recipes span half a century, including many favorite dishes from members already with Jesus. Black and white photos also dot the pages, reminding us of days – and pot luck dinners – gone by. The book also features a brief history of the church’s early days which testifies to God’s hand in establishing and growing His church.
This cookbook is much more than a collection of recipes. It’s also a recipe for faith. As the women’s ministry team sorted through the prospective dishes to include in the book, we talked about the people as much as the food. For instance, Mrs. Jessie Powell, famous for her cinnamon buns, was a charter member of Fannin Terrace Baptist Church. A well-loved Bible teacher, she taught a ladies class well into her nineties.
The recipes and photos of pastors’ wives, serving members, and church secretaries which fill the pages remind us of the legacy of faith they’ve left for us today. Every dish washed, every lesson taught, every hymn sung laid the foundation we stand on as a church today.
And we are still building. Those of us who serve in the church today are building a legacy of faith to leave our children and their children. Am I being faithful? I pray so. The early members of FTBC entrusted us with a precious gift – their faith. We must guard it, nurture it, and share it with our children. This commitment is a recipe for a legacy of faith.
I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and , I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5 (NIV)
What has your family – or church family – done to leave a legacy of faith for you? What are you doing to leave a legacy with your children?