Selfless ambition — doing all things for the glory of Christ

Mahon Family

Through preaching, praying, and having a raw desire to be hospitable and evangelistic, the Mahon family have learned what it takes to rest, and grow in selfless ambition, for the glory to God. In 2006, Brian and Jenny married, after meeting at Clemson University. A couple of years into their marriage, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky, for Brian to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While at Southern, they had their son, Luke, and daughter, Kate. Jenny suggested that Brian pursue ministry when, “I couldn’t do much of anything without landing in a conversation about Christ,” shared Brian.

Brian began to serve in their local church through opportunities to preach and teach. He then took a position at another nearby local church as a youth pastor. A bit later, he attended seminary, where he had the privilege of serving in a local church in Louisville. “There, I was well-taught, humbled, and helped to become something like I would need to be for ministry in this area—something God’s still refining me to be. This church sent me out, very graciously, as an elder-qualified man to church-plant in Newton,” said Brian. After they moved to Newton, the Lord gave them their second daughter, Lydia.

Brian is a preacher at heart. He loves to study the Word, write sermons, and teach God’s people. He enjoys investing the gospel in his children, “though at times this is harder than others,” says Brian. He enjoys personal discipleship, sitting down with men, opening the Bible, and putting in the work necessary for such a ministry. Brian finds the hardest thing in this ministry to be the personal stretching demanded of him. “God has placed me on the rack, here. I don’t blame Him. I needed it, and need it still. He has to enlarge my heart, increase my capacities, liquefy my flexibility, and make me to know my absolute impotence, inadequacy, and insufficiency for gospel ministry—so that I’m able to perform it faithfully,” says Brian.

“The Lord saved me just before I turned 18 years old,” shares Brian. He was asked to attend a church with a friend and her family. It was a Southern Baptist church. “The gospel was preached that day. It was the first time I had heard it and, in God’s omnipotent grace, it was the only time I needed to hear it in order to be saved. Then and there, first time hearing the gospel, God saved me as my heart was brought to rest in the work and person of Jesus Christ,” says Brian.

Brian and Jenny’s children are involved in their ministry. They love to help their mother while Brian is out doing his work. The Mahons’ son, Luke, says he enjoys being a missionary kid. He likes who his father is. “It’s what he, and all of our children have known and, in spite of my many failures with them, the Lord has recycled it all for a sweet good in their lives,” shares Brian.

As for Jenny’s responsibilities, their children are number one. A typical day for the Mahon family includes breakfast, a mix of educational and leisure activities, lunch, a rest time, fun, dinner, and family worship before bed. The Lord has turned Brian’s heart to his family and to be able to hold the “delicate, but massive, balance required for faithfully shepherding people,” says Brian.

Jenny and Brian seek to show hospitality to neighbors and others who cross their path. The goal for them is very simple: love them, invite them in, and tell them about Jesus. “The church is a new kind of community in this area, very counter-cultural, as it must be. It meets these needs, and Jenny and I try to lead in this,” Brian shares.

Christ Community Church is involved in the community. They teach Bible studies at an assisted living facility, tutor young children living in homes with their mothers who have been victims of domestic violence, and serve the students at Babson College through events and discipleship. They serve at the Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices, and participate in Newton Serves, a day when the community comes together to clean up the city. “Our families recognize that they . . . have a natural opportunity to reach out to and impact other families,” says Brian. He and Jenny seek to help the families in their church see this, and strive to equip them with the gospel, so that they can confidently engage the families living around them.

When it comes to their engagement with unbelievers in Newton, it can be a challenge. Unbelievers see the life change and demand of the gospel, as “too costly” for them. Please join us in praying for a gracious, sudden, and saving reversal. “By God’s mercies, we are a healthy church but, due to other factors, an unstable one in a hard-to-reach city. Pray for the saving success of our labors,” shares Brian. Pray for saving influence of the gospel amongst Newton locals. Pray for the Mahon family and wisdom moving forward. Pray for maturation of the members of Christ Community Church. Pray for their encouragement in the gospel and their love for Christ. Let us be reminded of Psalm 13, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” (NIV1) May we pray for our friends and unbelievers, that one day they may say the same.

by Tessa Harvill, WMU Preschool Intern


1Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.TM Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

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