At Springfield Baptist Church, one of the oldest churches in Thomson, the Rev. Fred Favors shared with his congregation last Wednesday night how faith can be restored in the soul by simply believing in the impossible.
Rev. Favors used his own words to encourage worshipers, as well as the movie Facing the Giants, to drive home his message even stronger.
The movie, which has received wide acclaim, features a private Christian prep football team in Georgia, known as the Shiloh Eagles, who are guided to their first state championship by Head Coach Grant Taylor. Coach Taylor uses his strong faith in God to lead him and his team to success.
Throughout the movie, he battles the giants of fear, as well as failure. At one point in the movie, the coach learns that a group of football players' fathers are secretly plotting to have him relieved of his duties. In the process, the coach calls out to God for help during the turmoil in his life. God responds.
The coach later challenges his players to put their faith in God and to never doubt the impossible, whether on or off the gridiron.
The inspiring movie seemed to captivate many of those in the congregation at Springfield Baptist Church. Some of the younger worshipers, mainly teenagers, burst out numerous times with thunderous applause for parts of the movie that they enjoyed the most.
One of those featured in the movie was University of Georgia Head Football Coach Mark Richt, who promotes college football players being led by God.
The coach in the movie emphasized to his players the importance of honoring God at all times, whether they won or lost a game. "God works in our lives," the coach said. "With God, all things are possible."
In prayer at the end of the movie, Rev. Favors led his congregation saying, "Thank God for all that He's done and all of what He will do."
ABOUT THIS SERIES
Faith can be shown in many ways by those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. And Wednesday night prayer meetings at churches throughout McDuffie County are just one of the ways such faith can be exhibited by worshipers. Periodically, The McDuffie Mirror will take our community inside local Wednesday worship services.