by Robert Earl Houston
We’ve had some great Sundays and this is not hyperbole, this was the best Sunday since I’ve been in Frankfort. The weather was cloudy, then rainy but the temperature in worship was HOT.
It started at 8 a.m. service which was one of the largest since we started the service. I couldn’t help wondering if the 11 a.m. service was going to be light due to all those in attendance, but the atmosphere was pure worship. We baptized a young adult male which I know brought joy to his mom and dad that were in attendance (more on that coming). Minister Sheniqua Roberts set the tone for the sermon by singing, “Because He Lives.” I preached from Matthew 2 and talked about “Herod Wants To Kill Your Child.” It was probably one of the best sermons I’ve preached at First Baptist in three and a half years. I’ve been getting away from preaching “points” in a sermon. I’ve just been rolling through the text in expository fashion and I don’t think it requires set aside points. One of the preachers I’ve enjoyed through the years has been Dr. Warren Wiersbe and I don’t recall him ever using a focus point. He just exposes the text!
During the sermon I talked about Herod’s demands that the Wisemen go find Jesus so he may worship him (although he wanted him dead) and I suggested never have someone send you to worship – tell them they need to worship the Lord for themselves. Then I talked about their finding the child (not the baby) Jesus (not in a manger) and how they worshiped Him (commercial break: He is worthy of worship), and how they laid gifts upon him from their substance. Finally, I focused in on the Holy Spirit’s work on the lives of Joseph and the Wisemen and then on “gold, frankincense and myrrh.” It was a very spirited message and one that will live on in the lives of believers. The mother of the young man that I baptized united with the church! Communion was very spiritual and emotional. We ran over time but no one seemed to mind.
At 11:00 a.m. the Magnificent Mass Choir sang songs from their weekend long workshop and blew our socks off. The Lord blessed with two KSU college students joining under watchcare. And just like 8 a.m., the worship experience was high energy and communion was absolutely, in the words of my friend, Rev. Michael Robinson, “bananas.” Last week the men sang Dr. Patrick Bradley’s song, “I know something about God’s grace” and we sang it during communion and how this song ministered to our souls was incredible. We wound up taking a praise break after communion – it was dancing, shouting and rejoicing! I came home and fell out “under the bed.” Wiped out from a very good and productive morning.
At 5:00 p.m., my wife and I blessed our Sons and Daughters of the Ministry with a Christmas Fellowship. The catered food was off the chain: Turkey, smothered pork chops, greens, mac-n-cheese, green beans, cake, punch, water, and it went on and on. We walked in and we waddled out! (smile). I appreciate the men and women of the church that have submitted themselves to pastoral leadership in their preaching ministries and we sat around, talked, shared, and I believe, grew even closer in the Lord. I went home feeling really good about them as a group and the church in general. God gets all of the glory and praise.
Football? Didn’t see a game. Too wiped out.
BCS – only heard that Notre Dame and Alabama will be playing for the title. Should be a good game. Need to find out how Oregon and Oregon State faired.