Bill Bigger became pastor of HVBC in October 2012 after having served three previous congregations as pastor and one as associate pastor. He is a graduate of Davidson College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he received his Doctor of Ministry from McAfee School of Theology. He and his wife, Leigh, have two children (Matt and Kaylee) and one daughter-in-law (Lauren). Matt and Lauren live in Memphis, TN where Matt teaches high school math and Lauren works with the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. Kaylee is a student at Furman University in Greenville, SC, majoring in Health Sciences.
It’s exciting to see the remodeling work underway in the Education Building. A wall in the choir room has already been removed and other work is progressing. The work on the new offices is expected to take about four months, and I know I am looking forward to seeing the finished product and being able to welcome everyone to see and appreciate the new office space. It will also be exciting to have air conditioning in the gym. The unit has been ordered and if all goes according to plan, the gym will be air conditioned by the time Vacation Bible School begins!
Of course, work like this always brings a few inconveniences and will require some patience. Ken has already moved out of his office and will be working in the current office building. The choir room is currently out of commission, meaning that the choir will be practicing in the sanctuary on Wednesday evenings and is in the process of figuring out alternative options for Sunday mornings before worship. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to make adjustments in the short-term so that we will have a more efficient and attractive office area in the long run.
As I have been thinking about and watching the work being done, it strikes me that remodeling projects offer us a metaphor for thinking about the ways God wants to work in our lives. In Romans 6:6, Paul tells us, “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” In Ephesians 4:22-24, we find this challenge: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
The Christian life is a lifelong journey in which we are called to submit our lives to God’s transforming power. God wants to help us remove our old attitudes, actions, and sin so that He can remodel us to become like Christ. Sometimes the changes are dramatic, much like having the wall knocked down in our old choir room, so that something better can take its place. Other times, God’s work is more subtle and feels more like polishing and freshening of areas where we aren’t yet what God desires. Though God’s transformation can make us uncomfortable, there is nothing better than discovering the abundant life that God offers as we allow Him to shape us and transform us.
Perhaps, as this summer unfolds and we see the work taking place in our church buildings, we can be reminded to spend time in God’s presence, asking Him to remodel our hearts and minds and souls so that we become increasingly Christlike in thought, word, and deed. As Paul says in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have alreadyobtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” May it be so for each of us!