One of the churches I know that has become iconic because of their films is Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. I have watched all of their masterpieces including Facing the Giants, Flywheel, Fireproof, and Courageous. But one of the questions left in my mind is, how did SBC come up with this, producing Christian Films? Then, there’s the book “Prepare for Rain” authored by SBC’s very own Senior Pastor, Michael Catt which answers it all.
What I enjoy the most in this book is that it is more on conversational approach; as if Pastor Catt and I is in a room and he’s just speaking to me. With this, I didn’t notice the time as I read. The entirety of the book is so light yet so profound on its message. So relax yet so filled with wisdom, and pure biblical.
I adore the heart of Pastor Catt for leadership, revival, for the church and for the people and specially his full-submission and obedience to the call of God. It is so much manifested in this wonderful book. He don’t need any flattery, his fruit speaks for himself.
I like how he started the book by asking four “how” questions. It stirs up the thinking and the curiosity of the reader to read on. The story goes on. It is amazing to know how the Sherwood Baptist Church has become one of the most influential churches today, and it is all because they BELIEVED God for the impossible.
The journey which Pastor Michael and SBC have taken before they become who and what they are now isn’t easy. From their organizational formation, to conquering legalism and gossips inside the church. From the worship songs they are going to sing on Sundays, to having a Christian School, and even to the issues on clapping, they have overcome it all by the Grace of God. Truly, to have a pure gold is to refine it by fire.
My favourite part in the book is chapters four and five, which is about the importance of prayer and focusing on the vision in leadership. I will never forget what Pastor Catt said: “The prayer ministry is the heartbeat of who we are as a church. If it weren’t for the prayer ministry, the rest of this book would be little more than a flesh-peddling and bragging for who we are.” His humility speaks to the heart and it points you to seek more of Jesus.
I love everything about this book. It inspires me to live a life of obedience and full trust in the Lord whatever He has prepared for me. The revival which has taken place in SBC could also take place in you, in me, in our churches. Indeed, there is no such thing as victory apart from God. The life of Pastor Michael Catt and the people in Sherwood Baptist Church, known and unknown are clear and living testimony of God’s wonderful plan and work. Like them, we should know how to prepare the fields of our hearts, for God will send and out-pour the rain when He is ready. Learn to trust in Him, even in the times we think He is not around; and believe Him for He is going to do the impossible!
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! I hope to see it also in theaters!
“In a prayer environment God can make the impossible possible…” –Pastor Michael Catt