"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me"
Many in the world live as though they have, within themselves, the way and answers to life. However, if you're like us at North Collin, we have come to believe the way is not within us and we have found the answer and way in Jesus the Christ (John 14:6). What is the way? Well, it's a path. It's a path made known by God. It was called "the ancient paths" or "roads" (Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15) in the Old Testament. It's where one could find rest for their souls. Any other path or "side road" would bring turmoil and disaster. Why? As God's prophet Jeremiah stated, "I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23. Or as Solomon stated, "Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins." (Ecclesiastes 7:20). That's said of those who are considered righteous! Simply put . . . we make a mess of things when we make our own path.
We love our creator and look forward to the greatest blessing given to man - the promise to be with God for all eternity. We strive to seek Him with all our hearts. We are not left in the dark. There is a road that leads to God, and He has given us the way. We want to be like those of old like Enoch or Noah who "walked with God" (Genesis 5:22; 6:9). Or like Christians, long ago, who were known to belong to "the Way" (Acts 24:14). We are in need of God's grace and guidance. We believe that His word is "for our good always" (Deuteronomy 6:24).
Our prayer is that at North Collin you'll find a group of seekers. We're seeking this path. We're seeking Jesus. Jesus "came to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10), and we're told "whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6). This paints a picture of a two-way relationship. God loves His creation and seeks for those who are seeking Him. What are you seeking? It would be our honor to meet you. You don't have to seek Him alone.
Billy Briggs began to serve North Collin as a Shepherd in November of 2021. He and his wife, Katie, have been married for 26 years and have two children, Brendan (19) and Alex (17). He is honored to serve the Lord's body and is loved by those surrounding him.
Rod Himes began to serve North Collin as a Shepherd in November of 2021. He is married to his sweetheart, Lejuana, and they are blessed with two children, Rachel (Nathan) and Ryan (Amanda), and seven wonderful grandchildren, Kennedy, Quinn, Lincoln, Adelaide, Conley, Stella, and Callen!
He has served the Lord's body as a Shepherd over many years, having worked and worshipped in North Alabama, Chicagoland, and Houston before returning to north Dallas in 2014. He is a cherished leader at North Collin and is both honored and humbled to be a servant-leader within the North Collin spiritual family.
Shawn Briggs and his wife, Jordan, have been married for 15 years. God has blessed them with four children: Cadence (12), Braelyn (10), Jace (9), and Ainsley (7). He began preaching the gospel in 2010 and thanks God for all those who have helped and supported him along the way. He is always reminded that while we plant and water, God always gives growth.
Jesus, after healing the afflicted and diseased and looking at them with compassion, said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Matthew 9:37-38.
Shawn is humbled by the grace of God, who, like many others, was taken out of the darkness into His marvelous light. He has a deep passion for spreading the good news to others. If you feel lost in the dark without hope, please contact Shawn.