Many people gathered at Midway Baptist Church in Big Spring on Sunday evening to see a complete set of The Bible's entire Old Testament in scroll form.
The scrolls were brought in by the Christian Heritage Foundation and are the only complete set in scroll form in the world that is available for public viewing. There was a set of 16 scrolls that were presented, including Torah and Haftorah scrolls. Several of them are anywhere between 500-700 years old and were written in the traditional Hebraic way of writing scrolls.
Executive Director of the Christian Heritage Foundation, Charles Garrett, stated that the Christian Heritage Foundation exists to help churches in Johnson County, Texas be better in what they should be doing.
He also went on to say, "The scrolls were kind of an afterthought. We saw the scrolls and had them when the originator, Walter Mize was alive, but then when he died we came in contact with a man who could get these scrolls for us. So we've done it and we've traveled and shown them and shared them and have been excited about it."
When asked what he hopes people will take away from the event Garrett stated, "People who have been saying for a long time, 'We're just not sure that God's word is the same yesterday as it is today and tomorrow.' and I think we can prove that it is without just having to accept it. I would like to hear people say, 'This is what [the message] was 2,000 or 3,000 years ago and that's what it is today.'"
Mike Seay, Pastor at Midway Baptist Church, had invited the Christian Heritage Foundation to conduct their presentation at his previous churches and felt that this was a great idea to bring to Midway Baptist.
"When my churches have gone through this, they've left with a hunger. They've gone home, read their bibles, and it's amazing. They come to me and say, "We've never seen this before!" Well, it's always been there, you've just never read it before!"
"God's word is called 'The Living Word'. It speaks to us. It helps us. It directs us; it changes us. As we fall in love with the word of God, we fall in love with the person of God. And the more in love we are with him, the more we're telling people about the love of Jesus."
"That's what this is all about, to let people know that there is a God that loves them and cares for them and wants a relationship with them."
At the end of the night, Midway Baptist Church was given a Torah sheet (a sheet out of a Torah scroll) that is about the provisions of the priesthood found in the book of Deuteronomy as a gift from Christian Heritage Foundation.
This presentation does not cost the church anything and if other churches are interested in having the Christian Heritage Foundation come to their church they can contact Charles Garrett at 817-683-1916, or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.