Special Sermon in Response to Recent Tragic Events
Isaiah 53:6; Judges 17:6b; Revelation 2:1-7; 2 Chronicles 7:14
Grady Summers, Interim Pastor
November 12, 2017
November 8 Open Letter from Pastor Summers
Dear KACF family,
The tragedy that occurred at First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs this past Sunday, I am certain weighs heavily on all of our hearts and we mourn with them and the community. The loss of 26 lives is staggering, however, we are grateful to the Lord that the number was not greater. We are also grateful for the assurance that if their lives were “hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3b); they are now with Jesus.
We must not fear in these troubled times but rather we must pray. There is so much darkness in our land. It is time to prepare for the journey that lies ahead with our Lord, to be light with Him in this darkness. We must prepare ourselves by crying out, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me….” (Psalm 139:23-24). We must seek His Holy Spirit to cleanse our hands and hearts (Psalm 24:4) and to make us one with Him and each other (John 17:20-23). Let us pray that we might be used by Him to bring healing to our land (2 Cor. 7:14) and to restore the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers (Malachi 4:6).
It is time for us to set aside the pleasures that surround us and the sins that so easily entangle us (Heb. 12:1) and ask our Heavenly Father for the Spirit of Christ to die to self so that Christ would be lifted up as He draws all men to Himself (John 12:32). People need Jesus and we need to bring Christ to them!
Let us not be afraid in troubled times. Our Lord has already overcome them (John 16:33). Let us clothe ourselves with repentance and humility, and we will find God’s grace mighty to save. Having done this, put on the full armor of God to prepare for the spiritual fight that lies ahead (Ephesians 6:10-18).
An email has been sent out about a special prayer time this Sunday. Please plan on attending. We need to seek the Lord together!
I leave you with Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress is our God”
A Mighty Fortress is our God
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.