The Challenge: No Fear is a challenge for men to stand firm and not be afraid of what comes next. The night will be filled with dinner, challenges, laughter, worship, and a powerful Word on standing firm in your faith. For questions, contact Jason Hall – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Steve Browning, Guest Speaker
Steve Browning declares that he is nothing more than a kid who grew up in a house on a dirt road in a small, out-of-the-way town in north central Florida who has been an incredible recipient of God’s grace. Today he is the pastor of one of Georgia Baptist’s most visible and strategic churches.
When one thinks of individuals who have risen from obscurity to prominence or from ignorance to intelligence we think of people like Horatio Alger, Abraham Lincoln, J. K. Rowling, Celine Dion, and Ralph Lauren. While Browning’s biography may have some vague similarities to those individuals, his story is much better, because it is a narrative about God’s provision and grace.
Browning explains, “When I review my life, I am reminded of what my good friend Stephen Dervan likes to say, ‘I’m like a turtle on a fence post. I don’t know how I got here, but I sure am enjoying the view.”
“Browning’s optimism and positive approach to life was actually born out of the crucible of pain and depression. He testifies, “One of the many reasons why I am so passionate about the Gospel and getting it to the world around us is that NOTHING else can bring as much hope. As a high school student, I dealt with dark depression. There was a time that I didn’t see the point in continuing with my life. I made plans to end my life. I was on the verge of following through on my plan, when at the last possible moment, I recalled the words of Romans 8:38-39: ‘For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
“These became my life verses. There is literally nothing in the world with as much power as the Gospel to being hope to hurting hearts. Just as God shined hope into my darkest moments, my hope is to lead a ministry that does the same for others.
“For more than a decade, I shared this hope as a student pastor, speaker, and church staff member. Today, I am so privileged to do this as a pastor here in Alpharetta.”
Men’s Ministry Bible Study (6:00PM – 7:15 PM • GYM 201)
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: AUGUST 9 – SEPTEMBER 27