ORIGINS….from the Lord’s heart
Vital Truth Ministries began in August of 2006 as a personal, Christian outreach to prisoners at Wakulla Correctional Facility in Crawfordville, FL. As best friends, and brothers in Christ, Mike Shockey and Matthew Reeves felt that their calling from God was to bring the love of Christ to this broken and humiliated community of men, through the transforming power of God’s Holy Word, and by being, to the best of their ability, the tangible, functioning hands and feet of Jesus. We must remember that the primary work of the minister is to minister! The question is simply what, or whom is being ministered to others? The answer, according to the Christian worldview—and we are Christians!—is that he/she is ministering Jesus Christ. For in doing so we minister hope to the hopeless. We minister eternal life to the otherwise eternally lost. We minister the promise of days unending, spent together with God, Almighty, in a perfect, loving relationship with Him that can never again be interrupted by our sin. We minister the unspeakable beauty of Jesus Christ’s Substitutionary Atonement on behalf of His people—who could not please God on their own—so that all of these truths are made certain, and thus the deep meaning of “The Gospel” is rekindled in the heart and mind of the hearer, afresh! By the gracious will of God, it is to this very day, that this ministry still operates with the same heart and mind of Christ!
In fact, as of June 2015, Mike has become the planting pastor of The Hillside Community Church (thehillside.church) in Tallahassee, FL. This new church plant is situated in the heart of student housing, at the edge of the campus of Florida State University. Of course, then, our primary ministry is the teaching and living of the gospel of Christ for the sake of our future leaders, movers, and shakers!
THE CENTRAL FOCUS OF VITAL TRUTH AND HILLSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH is Jesus Christ, and Him crucified!
“For indeed some ask for signs and some ask for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, to some a stumbling block, and to others foolishness; but to those who seek understanding because of God’s urging in their lives, Christ is both the sign and wisdom of God.” (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 1:22-24)
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jesus speaking, John 14:6)