ENCOURAGING WORDS FROM THE HEART OF THE PASTOR
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12:5 KJV
In 1972, Al Green, an R&B singer, now preacher, recorded a number #1 hit titled, “Let’s Stay Together”. The song quickly became an encouraging anthem for relationships who were struggling to “stick it out” through times of difficulty.
I think we are living in times when we as the body of Christ need to “stick it out” more than ever before. We are about to embark upon a great building (parking lot) and renovation (face lift of Education Building) project. We need all hands on deck. God has been too good to us to grow weary and throw in the proverbial towel. He has brought us from a mighty long way so why give up now?
An American veteran who was part of the D-Day invasion described meeting Churchill prior to fighting against the forces of Nazism. He said D-Day was the most frightening experience of his life. He said, “I don't think some of us would have been able to do what we did if it weren't for a visit we got just before we crossed the English Channel." That visit was from Winston Churchill. He stood up in his jeep and gave a five-minute speech. Here's what Churchill said: "Gentlemen- I know you are afraid. I remember being afraid when I was a soldier. I had the privilege of defending my country...through dark days when we didn't know whether we would accomplish what we had been given to do. But this is your moment. We are counting on you to rise to the occasion and achieve everything you have set out to do. The fate of the free world rests on your shoulders. May this be your finest hour." The veteran said, "Needless to say, our group of frightened soldiers turned into a band of men who were ready to take on anybody." So, I say to you GMSBC, as we prepare to build a new parking lot and face lift our Education Building, let’s rise up to the occasion and do what God has called us to do. Let’s be that full time caring church who searches for the lost. Let’s stay together “whether times are good or bad, happy or sad!”
Rev. Dr. Major Stewart, Pastor
Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
Sunday, April 22, 2018