FOR THE FAME OF JESUS
WHY PLANT A CHURCH IN FAYETTEVILLE, NC?
In the fall of 2006, my (John Murphy) life came crashing down around me. My dream of a military career was over. A parachute accident led to my medical discharge from the Army. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was beginning to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My unit had been deployed to Iraq without me and I was wrecked with guilt after some of my brothers in arms died in combat. The reality that I wouldn’t be able to provide for my family was terrifying. I was trained to jump out of airplanes and take the fight to the doorstep of the enemy - not very marketable job skills in the civilian sector. On top of all of this, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I didn’t belong…anywhere.
It was through the local church that God graciously drew me back to himself. In the church, I found a community of people who loved Jesus and whose lives were changed by the gospel. I saw men who loved their wives well and led passionately. I found a sense of belonging again. I had a mission again.
I realized then and believe now that there is no greater mission than the advancement of the gospel through the planting of new churches.
So, why plant a church in Fayetteville?
FOR THE CITY
Fayetteville is a city that needs the gospel. There are over 400,000 people in the Fayetteville area and it continues to grow. North Carolina has historically been known as the Bible belt, a place known for having a church on every corner, but the church in the South is dying. A desire to be “good“ has taken the place of a desire for gospel advancement in the lives of many in the South.
I am praying that the gospel will continue to go forth powerfully in this city. I want to see marriages restored, I want to see men who step into their God given roles and lead their families passionately, I want to see the the dividing walls of hostility that exist in the city torn down (Ephesians 2:11-22). The gospel does this.
FOR THE MILITARY
Fayetteville is home to the largest military installation in the world, Ft. Bragg. Ft. Bragg is the home of The Airborne and Special Operations Forces and houses over 100,000 soldiers and their families. The leaders who are shaping this generation and who will shape the next are at Ft. Bragg right now. The military is the largest unreached people group in the United States and they are largely unengaged by the Church. These men and women struggle with the same identity issues that I did as a soldier and this can only be engaged through the local church spreading the fame of Jesus and giving these soldiers a place to belong.
The gospel creates community where there is no community. The gospel creates family where there is no family.
FOR THE FAME OF JESUS
It is our hope to be a church rooted in traditional evangelical Christian beliefs that engages the culture in a relevant way. I want to see the fame of Jesus spread throughout Fayetteville and to the ends of the earth.
Would you join with me and pray for this city and Ft. Bragg? If you are in Fayetteville or live on or near Ft. Bragg, would you consider joining Veritas Church and spreading the fame of Jesus with us?
For the fame of Jesus,
John Murphy | Lead Pastor