Sermon:
Sunday, October 19, 2008

“Securing Our Future”
Hebrews 11: 6 – 10


As we are embarking on a multi-year campaign to “Preserve Our Sacred Space” it is important that every member share in this journey by committing to giving sacrificially.
Every era, every generation has the same responsibility – to rebuild the temple.
As I have said before in our church, we have a good location, good foundation, good design, good legacy; everything that we have is good.
However, our challenge is to go from good to great!
In the 14th Chapter of John beginning at 12th verse you will find these words:
“He that believeth in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.”
Our challenge is to go from good to great because Jesus has said that greater works, we shall do because of Him. And it is not for our glory. We do greater things because God will get the glory.
So we embark to preserve our sacred space by fulfilling our commitments.
Commitments that are God inspired, God, ordained, and God sustained.
We embark to preserve our sacred space by building on our legacy. You build on your legacy by remembering, by celebrating, and by giving.
Finally, we preserve our sacred space when we secure our future.
This adjective our can be understood in two ways: either as possessive or objective.
Please don’t think of ourselves in its possessive sense – that would be self-centered.
Think of it in its objective sense – that’s self-sacrificial.
It’s self-sacrificial in the same sense that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr . spoke of when he said that I have been to the mountaintop, and I have seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but we (not possessive, but objective) will get to the Promised Land.
Forty years later, we are standing on the precipice of a new era when the whole world is watching America to see if his words that were not possessive, but objective will come true. He didn’t get there, but we will!
And I believe that God on November 4th will make a way.
I believe that the waters of the Red Sea will open, and we will come out of the wilderness.
I believe that we will cross the desert of self-deprivation and get to the Promised Land.
I believe that those who will oppose the will of God will be defeated, and we will march like glorious people into the Promised Land that God has ordained for us.
Securing our future is not a possessive statement.
Securing our future is an objective statement.
It means that if you believe in God; you will do what we are supposed to do now, so that God will work His will in the future.
It’s about releasing our sense of self and allowing God to work in us for others.