In 1961 the Soviet Union shocked the world by sending the first man into space. One month later America followed with a 15-minute space flight by Alan Sheppard. Everyone was excited, but that was only the beginning. On September 12, 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a bold, almost unbelievable announcement, calling every American to a noble idea many would think impossible: “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”
My friends, we as a church must decide to win our community to Christ. Not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because people’s lives depend on it, and because our Lord has called us to this mission.
You, as a soldier, must decide that you will get into the fight, you will take up your armor, that you will get into the battle and you will fight through difficulties, setbacks and discouragement.
Will you this morning say, “With the Lord’s help, I will fight that fight. I will serve this year. I will make a difference.” This is the year. Today is the day. This is the moment.
From Gene Gregory’s Sermon: The Mission Before Us