Announcing a New Partnership between Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship & Mosaic Church
Details of the Partnership
Mosaic will be renting Nac Bible's facilities and conducting Worship Services there on Sunday evenings beginning on August 16th, 2020. More details will be coming shortly about service times, ministry plans, etc.
Partnership as God's Answer to our Prayers
2020 has been a chaotic year. Our world has been shaken by sickness, death, fear, economic collapse, job loss, racial tension and political division. The year has left many of us feeling exhausted, afraid and hopeless.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we can look beyond the troubles of this world and see our Risen and Victorious King Jesus reigning on His Throne. He is present, active and engaged in the midst of our trouble. He isn’t the cause of any of our world’s problems. He is grieved by sickness, death and division. In His glorious grace, He uses even the worst of situations in our world to advance his Kingdom. Hebrews 12:27–28 speaks of “the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”
In the midst of the shaking of 2020, God is revealing and advancing His unshakable Kingdom. God has opened up an incredible opportunity to advance His Kingdom in Nacogdoches by leading us to create a partnership between Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship and Mosaic Church.
The Journey & Current Challenges of Mosaic Church (by Pastor Kyle Easley)
The Bible has numerous stories in which God’s people are a ‘nomadic’ people looking for a place to call home. From the nation of Israel and many of the great heroes of the Old Testament wandering through the desert; to Joseph and Mary looking for a place to birth their child, the Messiah; to Jesus himself who said “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. (Luke 9:58); to the great Apostle Paul who spent his life going from city to city to advance the gospel and establish the Church. These stories are incredibly encouraging to a pastor leading a church that has also lived the past 4 years as a ‘nomadic’ people. In 4 years, we’ve met and worshipped in a barn, a Middle School, and most recently Mast Hall in downtown Nac. It has been an interesting journey so far.
Mosaic Church began in January of 2017 and has been meeting at McMichael Middle School for the past 3 years. Our time at McMichael has been a tremendous blessing. We are grateful to Nacogdoches ISD for opening their doors to us. Our rental agreement allowed us a place to worship on Sunday mornings, as well as an opportunity to be more involved with the city and school district. The staff and faculty of Nacogdoches ISD and McMichael Middle School have been incredibly gracious to us and we are deeply appreciative.
Nacogdoches ISD announced a construction plan last year and notified us that our rental agreement at McMichael would be impacted. They have offered to help us find another Nac ISD school and facility to rent moving forward. However, the combination of the wear and tear of weekly set up, the challenges of a move to a new school, and especially the concerns of being in a school during the uncertainty of COVID-19 led us to look for a new place to rent in the fall of 2020. Mosaic owns 45 acres of land on West Austin and plans to build in that location in the future. However, we are not yet ready to build and have been looking for a place to rent for the next few years.
With this in mind, the Elders of Mosaic Church have been prayerfully considering our options for the past 6 months. We have looked in to many options including several buildings available for lease and numerous churches in town who would be available to rent on Sunday evenings. God has been faithful to lead our body one step at a time throughout the past few years, and we have once again prayed that God would make our next step clear.
We believe that God has answered our prayers and led us to partner with Nac Bible Fellowship. We are excited about this new season of ministry. On a practical level, this rental agreement gives us a place to gather and worship on Sunday evenings beginning this Fall. We are deeply thankful to Nac Bible for opening up their home to us, and giving us a place to meet and worship. On a deeper level, we see God moving to bring together two churches who truly are better together and will move 'forward together'. The opportunity to share a building allows our leadership, staff, and members to be together and minister to and with each other in a new way. In the midst of all of the chaos and shaking of 2020, we can sense our Heavenly Father smiling down on this partnership. To see two churches work together at a deep level is an answer to not only our prayers, but to Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21-22, "that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one…”
Mosaic Church is thankful for the way that God hears and answers our prayers beyond our wildest expectations, and is deeply grateful for our brothers and sisters at Nac Bible for opening your home to us and allowing us to meet in your beautiful and historic building. It is your home, and it is our desire and intention to make every effort to be a blessing to you as you have opened up your home to us in this time.
The Journey & Current Challenges of Nac Bible Fellowship (BY Pastor Rodney Jones)
When God led us to come to the beautiful area of East Texas to work in the sheepfold as a shepherd, he gave me Joshua 17:17-18: “17 And Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—saying, “You are a great people and have great power; you shall not have only one lot, 18 but the mountain country shall be yours. Although it is wooded, you shall cut it down, and its farthest extent shall be yours; for you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots and are strong.”
I knew that this was a tall task that God had given me to leave the Metroplex and come to the oldest city in Texas and pastor a group of people. When we got down here, we fell in love with the people and a little old church on 2220 E. Main St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961 called Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship.
On the day they interviewed my wife and I, God spokes softly to my heart and said, “I want this building filled.” As we began to do the work, I fell in love with this old church because it was a beautiful old church and it was a beautiful old church, if you get my meaning. There was a lot of work that needed to be done in this old church. In my daily devotion I was reading in 2 Kings chapter 12 and I knew God was telling me to repair this old Temple. We began to get to work on the facilities. It is truly been a labor of love. We’ve seen God slowly add to this flock, but we would not the size of the church that could handle the building and all of its needs on our own. While in my daily devotion in 2018 God gave me Proverbs 22:19 "I am teaching you today—yes, you— so you will trust in the Lord." I knew that God was wanting us to go into a giving campaign, mind you we were not a large congregation with big wallets. We spread the giving campaign out over two years. We saw people take leaps of faith to give to this giving campaign. We were still short of our goal.
Recently, God placed it on my heart to reach out to some pastors in the city to begin to develop relationships to deal with all of this racial upheaval that were having in our country. God brought black pastors and white pastor to the table. We began to develop relationships and try to help each other navigate through these turbulent waters. One day while we were having lunch, I was discussing my desires about trying to get the building up to snuff. Pastor Kyle, the pastor of the Mosaic Church, wanted to speak to me after lunch. He approached me about entering a partnership in which they would rent the facility so they could worship as a church family on Sunday nights. He told me that they were church without a home and they would love to come alongside and invest with their time, talents, and treasures in this little old church on 2220 East Main St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961 called Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship. My heart is always been to love on the body of Christ but when he told me how much they wanted to contribute each month, my heart welled up with emotion. I could not do anything but cry. God was answering my prayer and his promise.
About four years ago God me Isaiah 60: “1 “Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. 2 Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. 3 All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance. 4 “Look and see, for everyone is coming home! Your sons are coming from distant lands; your little daughters will be carried home. 5 Your eyes will shine, and your heart will thrill with joy, for merchants from around the world will come to you. They will bring you the wealth of many lands. 6 Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense and will come worshiping the Lord. 7 The flocks of Kedar will be given to you, and the rams of Nebaioth will be brought for my altars. I will accept their offerings, and I will make my Temple glorious.”
I didn’t see God answering this promise this way, but God is so awesome and magnanimous, he can do it any kind of way he chooses to. To coin a colloquial chant, “Won’t he do it!” Our brothers from another mother have been truly a blessing to this pastor and this church. We also see God reaching across cultural lines and bringing his body together to bring glory to his name. I can’t wait to see how God is going to be honored through all of this. I can’t help but to in this communication with one of my phrases when I am amazed at what God has done, “Look at God!”