As I personally witnessed an eloquent, spirited Minister, during a Revival in Winston-Salem last Summer, I knew I was being blessed! Have you ever had that spiritual feeling while seeing a fine, well-delivered Sermon?
- What’s more central to Christian Assurance than this: I’ll be with you always to the end.
Dr. Rev. James D. Ballard preached on the second half of the last (20th) verse of the last chapter (28th) of the Book of Matthew. While this chapter is perhaps best known for the Great Commission, which he powerfully covered in the Sermon, Ballard’s skillful exploration of the ‘I’ll be with you’ principle is what still lingers in my soul.
In this post I will offer three excerpts (below Scripture) from Ballard’s Sermon; an audio of same Therefore sermon, delivered at Springfield Baptist Church (January 2017), is source of quotes. In Part 2 post I will expand on what Dr. Ballard said (and provide a link to the audio of the entire Sermon). His own words, however, are provided below and speak volumes. I’ve chosen to let you read and reflect on them . . . before I offer my own thoughts on the sovereignty and power of God.
Place: New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Winston Salem NC (Pastor Ronald E. Speas, Summer Revival)
Date: August 29, 2018
Minister: Dr. Rev. James D. Ballard
Scripture: Matthew 28: 16 – 20 KJV
Title of Sermon: “Therefore” (three excerpts below Scripture)
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- “This little word, Lo, means look, observe, pay attention, take notice. That’s all it means. It means that I’ll be with you. I’ll be with you when you realize it and I’ll be with you when you don’t. I’ll be with you when things go well, and I’ll be with you when they don’t”.
- “Let me just suggest that because a person is beside you, it doesn’t mean they are with you. Being with someone has nothing to do with geographic proximity or personal location. A lot of folks beside you are not with you, and a lot of that are no where near you are praying for you right now”.
- “Alway denotes distance. Always denotes time. So it doesn’t matter how far you go, or how long it takes you to get there, he’s still with you. God does not give up on us like we give up on each other. When we stumble sometimes, God keeps us from falling. And when we fall, God picks us up, because he’s always with us”.
(to be continued)
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