Pastor Jeff – Christianity is Global

Season: 1
Episode: 24
Pastor Jeff Jones shares his story of being a pastor for the past 33 years. He talks about his experiences as a young pastor living in a world where diversity was still seen as a challenge for the church. And how he was a witness to the church coming a long way and lowering its resistance and its conflicts against diversification.
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Pastor Jeff has been the pastor of Hilltop Church in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina for a whopping 33 years. He and his wife have 2 adult children. Pastor Jeff holds a Bachelors of Science from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College and a Masters of Ministry from the Seminary of Bob Jones University. He is the chairman of the board of the Free Will Baptist North American Missions. He is an avid UNC basketball fan. He’s taught homiletics for 19 years. In 1995, he worked diligently to change the church environment and turn it into a missions-minded church. When he was elected as a pastor, he initiated the policy of allocating 10% of every dollar that comes into the church for the mission field. And this has been an ongoing practice ever since.
In his 52 years of existence, Pastor Jeff watched the church in America come a long way in measuring diversity in the mix of blacks and whites and making some very tough decisions that they knew were honoring God. But they also knew these decisions were going to make people conflicted and even very uncomfortable. He talked about specific instances where diversity became a challenge for his church. But he was steadfast in not letting that become a conflict because he wanted a church where everyone was welcome. And they made a major change in the DNA of their church back in those days. He is a witness to the church coming a long way and lowering its resistance and its conflicts between blacks and whites.
They are now advocating for the millions of foreign-born internationals moving into the US. Pastor Jeff really believes that God and his sovereignty are bringing them to the US absent to the gospel in order for them to become ambassadors for the gospel; so that the church of the USA would partner with them and fulfill in the great commission. We can do a much better job in fulfilling the great commission together than we would apart. The dream is for every pastor, every church leader in America, every believer, to have a very strong brother or sister in Christ of another nationality, another skin tone, another language.
Pastor Jeff believes in reaching every people group with the Gospel and his church are committed to doing their part. He thinks we can always do more. But his ultimate desire is to propagate the gospel to the world, and that’s something that drives him. Christianity is not American. Christianity is global. It’s the world. It’s why Jesus came and he wants Hilltop Church to reflect that. He does not care what the color of a man’s skin is. He does not care what language he has. According to Pastor Jeff, if he has the power to tell that person about Jesus Christ, he would want to tell him and the world about Jesus Christ.

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