Worth A Thousand Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ve got two pictures for you today that are worth a thousand words and then some. For me they represent why I get out of bed every day.

The first is of our most recent Cross Point campus that was planted in India. The small group of believers that we’re working with there asked us a couple months ago if they could plant a new church called Cross Point that would follow our church values. It’s our smallest campus but maybe the one I’m most excited about right now.  They just moved to their second location to accommodate their growth. This is the first Christian church ever planted in this particular village. First one EVER!

The second picture is a moment I’ll never forget. 10 years ago when we moved to Nashville, Brandi and I bought a house in a neighborhood that would provide us some cool ministry opportunities. Over the past several years God allowed me the privilege to baptize 4 out of 5 of the guys who lived in our cul-de-sac.

Until Sunday.

Sunday I was blessed to baptize the 5th one.

10 years of prayers. 10 years of conversations. 10 years of up and downs, but God was faithful.

Never, ever, ever give up on someone. Anything is possible with God.

75 Responses to “Worth A Thousand Words”

  1. Maureen says:

    Wow! Those are two very exciting events… congrats to both!

  2. Michael says:

    The picture of you embracing your friend had/has me in tears. Really beautiful.

  3. sarah says:

    Again. I’m blown away.

  4. Don says:

    You put a lump in my throat this morning (that’s a good thing). Congrats and keep reaching.

  5. Sharon says:

    That is way cool! As much as I can understand the stress and demand there can be with being a pastor (I lost one due to a mental breakdown), it must also be incredibly rewarding!

  6. Andrea says:

    You say they’re worth a thousand words – I’m speechless, besides, Praise God!

  7. Jason says:

    We wondered what campus you were at Sunday…what an awesome thing to have happen. Thanks for setting the example, Pete…not just in words but in deed.

  8. Wow…that’s awesome Pete. I would love to hear more about how you loved on these people and the doors opened for your to share with them.

  9. Ally Garner says:

    I saw your tweet Sunday about the Baptism & it nearly took my breath away.

    It’s such a privilege to sow seeds for God. But we’re never promised that we’ll see the harvest. My tiny brain just can’t fathom how awesome, truly awesome, it must be to see God answer years of prayer like that.

    God is so very, very GOOD!

  10. Marvin says:

    Great stuff Pastor. This is what the Gospel is all about.

  11. dan says:

    “Cross Point Church – India” growing so fast they have to move locations is probably the best thing I’ll read all day.

  12. Warren says:

    Thanks for the smile Pete!

  13. bluegoose says:

    Love the Cross Point India!!! Amazing what God can do!

  14. Jeff says:

    Beyond words, actually.

    Two fantastic moments captured forever.

    God is faithful.

  15. Tom Raines says:

    Wow, beautiful pictures of the commission.

  16. ArtieDavis says:

    WOW! Thanks for driving it home to the place that really brings clarity to our call and mission!

    • Darla Baerg says:

      Gosh, that second picture gave me a lump in my throat. Talk about juxtaposing the Great Commission … “into all nations” and “baptizing”. I know that was a powerful moment for both of you and honestly … people can say what they want about slang that you use or ideas that you have … but having baptized 4 out of 5 of your neighbors says more to me about you and then kind of life you live than anything else ever could. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Beautiful–a living testimony to God’s continued faithfulness.

  18. Shelley says:

    As I finished reading your post, and seeing your photos, this is what came to my mind in the form of the song:

    “How great, is our God
    Sing with me, how great, is our God
    And all will see how great, how great, is our God!”

  19. So amazing. I am especially moved over your 5th neighbor. Those are awesome statistics!!! I love that you are in the trenches and not just on the stages. This makes you special. So glad you are my pastor.

    • Pete Wilson says:

      You know Melissa looking back I realize I did very little. I think I was at the right place at the right time. I didn’t have to push or twist arms, I just lived life with them.

      I know God used a full cast of other people in their lives as well.

  20. Adam Simmons says:

    Both are phenomenal displays of God’s movement in your life!! However being a devoted lay minister in my church in charge of discipleship/evangelism and having the indescribable pleasure of bringing souls home thru baptism!! I know that was truly something you can/will never forget and indescribable!!! AWESOME God and fabulous for you!!

  21. Andrea says:

    WoW! That’s awesome, I love that last picture! What an awesome thing God has done!

  22. Pam Bishop says:

    This brought me to tears,,,right here in the middle of the office.
    That is so amazing, God is truly Great!

  23. JD says:

    This helps me have the faith that someday, my husband will be like those five… Thank you, Pete.

  24. Willie Mac says:

    And that is why we do what we do. Glory to God and praise him for his faithfulness in responding to prayer. So awesome!

  25. Jeff says:

    Amazing stuff Pete! Thanks for your vision for Kingdom work.

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  27. Jeff Goins says:

    Wow. Good word, man.

  28. Toni says:

    Both shots are heartwarming, but the second has me in tears. Been praying for….and REFUSE to give up on….someone who I hope to see baptized one day. I trust and believe it will happen. Thank you so much for sharing!

  29. Incredible. So often I am tempted to think someone is not worth any more of my time or prayers or pleading. Thanks for the reminder of God’s faithfulness and sovereignty.

  30. Linda says:

    Wow on both accounts!!! Is there anyway to contact the church in India to encourage them?

  31. so proud of you, babe!! love seeing you continue to live out the love you developed for india during your first visit. and love the way you relationally invest in those around you.

  32. So awesome! Emily, (my daughter) was excited to come Sunday evening because two of the guys in her community group were being baptized. I’m so blessed by these two stories…praise the Lord for what God is doing through Cross Point. I hope the chapel message at Lipscomb went well today as well.

    Looking forward to being in worship with you all in a couple of weeks as well.

  33. mooney says:

    Awesome! I recently was able to help baptize a friend/co-worker. The Word is true, “taste and see that the Lord is good!” No feeling like it in the world, baptizing a new believer!

  34. Lindsay says:

    Worth a thousand…

    and then some. :)

    ~L

  35. Jerry Miner says:

    WOW! WOW! WOW! Too cool. Thanks for sharing.

  36. marla says:

    I remember the countless conversations held by him and my husband about the “church”. Let’s just say they were both skeptics. I am in the midst of one of the toughest trials that God has allowed to endure right now. And one particular morning when I was struggling and praying for God’s comfort, out of the blue that 5th neighbor/my friend texted me to remind me that God loves me and is in control of my situation, and to make the most of my day. WOW! I was blown away Pete. Who would’ve ever thought? God, that’s who…

  37. Shawn Martin says:

    Like my Pastor always says,”That Never Gets Old”! Thank You Jesus.

  38. Riete says:

    Two stories and two photos that show Gods faithfulness and His blessings on your work …

    Amazing. Wonderful. Praise God!!

    They both gave me a lump in my throat …

  39. WOW! Thanks so much for that powerful image! A great reminder that I need to continue praying for my ex-husband and continue trying to “take him along for the ride”!

    Who knows what God can create out of a mighty fine mess!

  40. Mark says:

    Wow, Pete. Thanks for the reminder that SO MUCH is happening at Cross Point.

    Keep climbing.

  41. Michelle Thompson says:

    AWESOME on both pictures, God is good and forever faithful. God Bless!!

  42. gary bunning says:

    Pete, that’s the stuff that makes me proud to call CP home. You’re not just doing it on Sundays!

  43. Bill Renfrew says:

    Wow. These 2 pictures depict perfectly the very reason my wife, my son and I go to Cross Point. Cross Point is about saving souls. This church has grown really fast and changed really fast which has been difficult for our family at times. But these 2 pictures are what this church is about and that’s precicely why we’re still here. I just have to remind myself sometimes that’s the reason it’s grown so fast….because of what it’s about.

  44. Jenny says:

    love watching those moments in our lives where God shows up in the most magnificent ways… celebrating with you today Pastor Pete!

  45. Matt says:

    Sunday you baptized my wife Keeli as well. I have been praying for her over the last 8 years and Sunday was the answer to those prayers. What was really cool was that I had to surrender my efforts to get her to the baptistry to God. God used a community group at CP to get her to the finish line. God provided us a Church family to finish what I could never do on my own.

    The baptism picture is so fitting because there were so many people behind the scenes that God used to make these baptisms happen. Seeing one of the people that helped Keeli in the background of that picture is awesome! We love our CP family.

  46. Marni says:

    Awesome on both accounts! So awesome!

    Yesterday, we had a baptism Sunday – and one of our Pastor’s neighbors finally was baptized yesterday morning! It was awesome…amazing…and just a beautiful testimony to how God never stops working through us! :)

    Thank you for sharing such awesome praise stories today! Good stuff!

  47. Jack Hager says:

    Outstanding! The ministry work “first in Jerusalem” and then to the distant shore. Very cool

  48. Rita Decker says:

    Speechless! Thank you, Pete, for living life with your neighbors. We are honored to be a part of your flock.

  49. and both of those pics are why i love crosspoint

  50. Kenny Silva says:

    Wow, Pete. For someone with a family full of unbelievers, that’s extremely encouraging. Thank you for sharing this story today.

  51. Nate VZ says:

    Wow! Didn’t realize I was one of the “culs-de-sac 5 Club”. That was a very special day for me…especially because it also fell on my wedding anniversary.

    I still think it was a “God-thing” that allowed the offer on our first house to fall through, thus dropping us in to the house at the end of the culs-de-sac on Commonwealth Court. A GREAT five years of our lives!

    Keep it up! Go Pack Go!

  52. Loran says:

    Pete
    This is really cool.

  53. Andy says:

    Just got to read this tonight. I have have no words. Even “awesome” seems totally inadequate. Praise God for your faithfulness Pete.

  54. Christy says:

    “Never, ever give up on someone.” – Powerful message and great story. Thank you!

  55. -t- says:

    God is Amazing :)
    i say it often, ‘i shouldn’t be amazed, He is God’
    nonetheless i am continuously amazed at just how amazing He is!

    praising Him with you :)

  56. britt savage says:

    beautiful photos for sure! So amazing to witness all those baptisms on Sunday, so beautiful. So happy for #5.

    When you sat down to write Plan B, did you ever dream your book would have such an impact in India.

  57. Sara says:

    I love both of those pictures! I especially love the “never give up on someone” line at the end. My dad’s that story for me. Alcoholic for 30+ years of his life, mom prayed for him every day, got really ill to the point of being an hour from death when he accepted Christ and hasn’t touched a drop since. Mom taught me the power of persevering and never giving up hope on someone, cause God didn’t give up on us.

  58. Anonymous says:

    Awesome, let me know if any homes go for sale on your block. Just thinking, being praying for my hubby for 15 years!

  59. hollie says:

    what an encouragement!

  60. Fran says:

    Mercy. Thank you for sharing!
    Romans 15:13

  61. Oh my goodness, Pete. Praise the Lord!!! WOW!!!

  62. Both of these just brought me to tears. So amazing!!! Congratulations to your neighbor and friend!!!

    I’m looking forward to the day I can go with you guys to CP India. :-)

  63. Andrea-Elena says:

    So wonderful to see!!

    Praying for you all as you prepare to leave for India soon. (Take lots of hankies — I think the team members will be crying a lot with joy as they worship at CP India.)

    Plans for the kids’ activities are coming along. JER is excited but nervous. But I know that she was appointed by God (albeit rather suddenly! haha!) for the task of leading the planning and of doing the “on the ground” point-person-ship. We’re going to brainstorm some more tonight — hoping the team members will have e-mailed her a slew of ideas by the end of today. =)

    Praying that the people and kids will be able to experience Jesus through you all, despite the language barrier… and that you’ll be able to work smoothly with the translators. Praying for lots of flexibility for all the mission team members (esp. for those for whom this trip is their first).

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