Tamar Baptist Church never enjoyed political connections, wealthy members, or influence within their denomination. It started as a small rural congregation and became suburban as the city limits grew to include it. Throughout their history TBC was always a small church but a peaceful one. They kept to God’s word and simply believed. All was well until a mega-church, Symphony Church, moved in and decided it didn’t like having a “conservative” neighbor. The big church influenced the city council to exclude Tamar Baptist from the community Easter and Christmas celebrations, and from using city controlled properties like parks and gymnasiums. Symphony had powerful friends on the city council and money to move their agenda. Approval from the city became harder for TBC to get for any kind of outreach or to make changes to their property.
· What did Tamar Baptist Church do to attract this kind of attention?
· What hope does TBC have?
· Diagnose the problem and suggest a solution.
· How does Revelation 3:7–13 help you speak into this issue?