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Personal Revival Sweeps Through BPC Students

Freddie Smith
Dr. Freddie Smith

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON—Nothing about worship at the Brewton-Parker College chapel service hinted at what was to come. The date was March 4th, and the energy level of worshipping students had dropped in comparison to past weeks. Despite demonstrating a heart of worship with their soulful renditions of popular praise songs, God’s Gospel Choir did little to wake up sleepy students. At the end of the worship segment, Dionte Smith, the student manager and lead singer, bowed his head in prayer. That’s when things began to change.

God's Gospel Choir
God's Gospel Choir

Throughout Dr. Smith’s message, he focused on the theme of personal revival. This theme is seen best in the story he shared from a time in his life when he was the pastor of a large church. “During this time,” he said, “God asked me a profound question: Freddie, how much do you love me?”

Reminiscent of the Apostle Peter, Smith responded to God with, “You know that I love you.”


God replied, “If I didn’t allow you to preach anymore, would you still love me?”

Smith possesses a strong passion for preaching the gospel of Christ. Dwelling on this question threw him into a conundrum for three days as he struggled to answer it. “At the end of that time,” Smith stated, “I came to the conclusion that if I cannot say I love God more than preaching, I do not deserve what He did at the cross for me.”

Later on in the service, Smith said, “There are times when God could have turned his back on Brewton-Parker College.” He explained that it wasn’t because of any past presidents or trustees that BPC survived turmoil, but because of God’s will. Smith added, “You are in a place with a divine purpose and a divine call for ministry.”


Smith is currently the pastor of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church in Waycross. His message started in Habakkuk 3:2 but also referenced 2 Corinthians 3:2. The points varied from faith, to love, to trust, but always stayed within the theme of personal revival. Near the end, he asked his listeners, “Is there anything in your life that you can’t trust God with?” He invited BPC students, faculty members, and friends to the front of the chapel for a time of prayer for personal revival. He stated, “If you’ve studied the great revivals of the past, you’ll find that most began with young people.”

Dr. Chris Jones, Chemistry professor and a man with a heart for both God and Brewton-Parker, became the first person to respond. As if a rallying cry had been issued, students moved to the front in one wave to join in praying for personal revival. Others followed to form prayer groups that lasted past 11:30 – well after chapel’s scheduled end point. For many, it was a time of unification and a time to deepen relationships with each other.

Please be in prayer that this spirit of personal revival will continue to sweep through all individuals connected to Brewton-Parker College. Also pray that this will carry beyond property lines into the local community.

The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
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March 10, 2014 2:34 PM