|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Steadfast and immovable”
Our Bible verse for today: “For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep …” Acts 13:36 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Serve God’s purpose in your generation”
I’ve preached a lot of funerals over more than twenty-five years as a pastor, but as far as I can remember, I’ve only used Acts 13:36 as my text on one occasion. It was for the funeral of Dick Foster. Dick was a member of our church for most of his adult life. He served as a deacon for decades, and as Chairman of the Deacons for many years until his death.
The thing that Dick is remembered for most in our church, is his strong and steady leadership during numerous difficult years of church life. Sadly, as is true in many churches, there were some turbulent times in the history of Oak Hill Baptist, sometimes with rapid turnover of pastors. But through it all, Dick provided the steady hand of leadership which helped to hold the church together through the worst of times. He loved the church and he served it well, right up until his dying day. By then, things had settled down considerably. The church was stable, there was an entirely new leadership team in place, and so, like David, Dick had served God’s purpose in his generation and it was time for him to go home to heaven. He had been steadfast and immovable in his resolve to serve and protect the church.
Dick’s story has been repeated multiple millions of times down through the ages. Christian history is built upon the faithful service of determined Christians who were steadfast and immovable in their resolve to just hang in there and do what God had called them to do.
How about you? Are you serving God’s purpose for your generation? Are you firmly rooted in a place of service, steadfast and immovable, weathering the storms, and doing your part to pass The Christian faith and a strong church on to future generations? I hope you are.
Let me say it again, Christian history is built upon the faithful service of multiple millions of Christians who just hung in their and did their jobs. May you be remembered as having been one of those.
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