A Baptist And His Bible

Title: A Baptist And His Bible
Category: Bible
Subject: Bible
A Baptist And His Bible

John M. Webb was born to Dr. Alfred Pellar Webb and Ida Stewart Webb on October 21, 1919 in Atmore, Alabama. He grew up in Atmore where his father was a local physician. From his earliest recollection John attended the First Baptist Church of Atmore. Receiving Christ as his Savior as a young lad, he was baptized and became a member of the First Baptist Church of Atmore. When John was twelve his father died leaving the responsibility of his upbringing to his mother, Ida and his grandmother, Elizabeth. His "Little Mama," Ida and "Big Mama," Elizabeth, taught him to love the Bible. John received a Bible with the following inscription: "To John Webb, Christmas 1930, Mama".

Although he loves the Bible in general, he especially loved that Bible, as he confessed, "I treasure that Bible." Possibly in the Primary Department in Sunday school he sang the words of a song by John Bunton, Sr. (1773-1822): "Holy Bible, Book divine, / Precious treasure, thou art mine: / Mine to tell me whence I came; / Mine to teach me what I am."

Walking out of his house with his beloved Bible in hand on Sunday, February 11, 2007, John was on his way to Sunday school at First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama. Several miles down the road he suddenly realized that his treasured Bible was not in the car. Retracing his route, he returned to his Daphne home to find the lost Bible, but to no avail. John brokenheartedly made his way to church that morning without the Bible. As he arrived at the church he saw the smiling face of Mert McKeithen. Mert held up the Bible and asked, "Are you looking for this?" John admitted that he wondered, "How did it beat me here?"

Brad Daniels, an English teacher at Vigor High School, located John's missing Bible while on his way to Sunday school at Jubilee Baptist Church in Daphne. Daniels said that he did not like to see any book laying out in the road and when he discovered that it was a Bible he felt that way even more. Daniels is the grandson of a Baptist deacon, who would no doubt applaud his thoughtful act of quickly seeking the owner of the lost Bible.

Brad found a tithe / offering envelope inside with a check made payable to the First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort. He also saw the current date on it. When he arrived at the church with the Bible, my wife, Sharon, met him at the door of the church and he asked her to help him locate the owner. Receiving the Bible, she took it to John's Sunday school class and gave it to Mert McKeithen who offered the final act of assistance.

"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. . . But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-17).