I’m acting as if it is so, even though it ain’t so, in order for it to be so.
As part of a well-crafted, well-delivered Advent Sermon in Clinton, MD recently (12/10/17), we were told that Joseph believed, Mary conceived, and Jesus achieved. As the first part of a three-part Sermon Series, at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Delman Coates Ph.D. spoke on how Joseph was shown to believe.
The Black Baptist church has a membership of over 8,000 members. The choir sung as powerfully as their Pastor would later preach. The Senior Pastor, Coates, gave a Sermon that was well received and, I suspect, remembered long after the congregants left the sanctuary.
- Sermon theme: Standing on a Promise
- Scripture: Genesis 3:15 (God’s promise), Matthew 13:20.
The third (11:45 am) worship service, which I attended with my three siblings, ended with the words which led this post. As Coates uttered them he realized, based on the reaction of those in attendance, that he had hit a nerve. He masterfully repeated them several times. It pulled together everything he had stated earlier in his Sermon – on the second Sunday of 2017 Advent. Only in the DC area for the weekend, I regret I will not be able to hear the other two parts of the Series!
What are the words that a Christian disciple who, like Joseph, believes in God should meditate on?
- I’m acting as if it is so, even though it ain’t so, in order for it to be so.
Merry Christmas from 66 Assurance Way