When Jesus called his disciples, Mark tells us that he “appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach” (Mark 3:14). Followers of Christ are a sent people. We’re to faithfully follow Christ wherever he leads and sends us. This means that our lives are going to be filled with new beginnings and new seasons; there will be both expectant “hello’s” and tearful “goodbye’s.”
For the last 3 years, our dear friend R.J. Lago has been serving CBC as our Associate Student Pastor. He’s faithfully pursued both middle and high school students and pointed them towards Christ. The Lord has also used R.J. to equip and encourage our entire body through his preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
The time has now come for R.J. and his family to faithfully follow Christ into a new season of life and ministry. Please take some time to read a letter from R.J. that outlines where the Lord is sending him next and join us in praying for him and his family as they embark on their next adventure with the Lord.
A letter from R.J. and Alyssa Lago:
To the Members of CBC,
An exceptional line in The Chronicles of Narnia comes from Lucy’s shock in seeing Aslan again. In The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Lucy knew Aslan well. She knew the lion well enough to remember the size of this magnificent beast from the story before. But, in the following book Prince Caspian, she finds Aslan to be much larger than she had remembered.
The interaction between Lucy and Aslan should teach us about our lives in Christ. Lucy sees the largeness of Aslan and utters, “Aslan, you are bigger.” Aslan responds, “That is because you are older, little one.” Lucy still questions, “Not because you are [bigger]?” And what we see next in Aslan’s response gives us a glimpse into our futures as followers of the Lion of Judah. Aslan states, “I am not [bigger], but every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
Alyssa and I have come to find our savior much grander than we could have imagined in our time in Savannah. Through trials and joys, we have come to understand and love Jesus more because of Community Bible Church. We have seen in our time at CBC, a greater glimpse of Jesus.
We have grown in our marriage as we have ministered to the students of CBC. We have seen the greatness of God through becoming parents. We have found fruitful fellowship in our community groups. We have seen sinners find life in Christ more times than we can count. The Lord has revealed Himself to be more tremendous than we could have ever imagined before our time at CBC.
It is with a heavy, but joyful heart to announce that the Lord has made a new way to show the depth of His wonders. Alyssa and I have accepted an offer from First Baptist Church of Jacksonville’s Nocatee campus to be their next student pastor.
It has been an honor to have served as a pastor at CBC. We have loved being a part of this body, and we will be praying that the Lord continues to sanctify you through His Holy Word. We ask that you pray for us as we transition to Florida. Specifically, we ask that you pray for the quickness of Savannah’s foster system to move us through the adoption process.
I pray that you will continue to find Jesus greater every day as you seek to glorify Him in your lives. I pray that 2 Corinthians 3:16–18 would be evident in your life as you, like Lucy, see Jesus more fully, “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.”
R.J. & Alyssa Lago