Southern Baptist Convention

Daniel Chung

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Baptists start many new churches and some of us wonder: Do those churches survive? The answer is yes! Most of them do survive and grow. Today we're going to Chicago. It's a big city with big problems. Many older churches have closed over the years, so new churches are desperately needed. One new church is Church of the Beloved; our church's Cooperative Program giving helped start it two years ago. And in 24 months they've grown to about 400 members with three worship services. Now they have started a second church, and the pastor of that church is who we want to pray for today. His name is Daniel Chung. His parents moved to the United States from South Korea, but Daniel grew up in Maryland and Virginia. Daniel served two years as worship leader and student pastor at Church of the Beloved. Now he leads the new church, Church of the Beloved, Near West, which meets on West Roosevelt Road, not far from Lake Michigan. Daniel is one of many missionaries our church supports in Chicago through our Cooperative Program giving. Let's pray that this new church will also grow quickly and share the gospel with thousands.

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December Devotion

Faith is the Foundation Stone

DR. KEN HEMPHILL

"Faithful stewardship of our time, talents, testimony and treasure validates our profession of faith." "Who do you say I am?" Jesus asked of Peter. This question really marks a turning point in Matthew's gospel and in the disciples' understanding of who Jesus is. The first question Jesus asked was an easy one to answer. "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" Some today believe Him to be a great teacher, a prophet or religious leader. But what happens when we are confronted with the question of who Jesus is to us personally? Peter declares, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!" Peter declares that Jesus is much more than a prophet or teacher; He is the very "Son of the living God." Jesus affirms this radical declaration by stating that His Father in heaven revealed this. It is significant that in the very first context where Jesus allows His disciples to profess their faith in Him as King, He declares His intention to build His church upon that foundation. An authentic profession of faith leads to our understanding that Jesus is Lord over every area of our lives. Faithful stewardship of our time, talents, testimony and treasure validates our profession of faith.

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