Summary: A 2nd year church anniversary sermon.
O Come, People of Grace Baptist
(Anniversary Sunday, 2006)
TEXT: Psalms 95:1-11 – “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice.”
This is the second anniversary of Grace Baptist Church here in Grafenwoehr, Germany. On July 18, 2004, GBC was organized as a local, New Testament Baptist Church. And on this second anniversary, I want us to look at Psalm 95 to remind us what Grace Baptist Church is all about.
Today is not about US; it’s not about GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH even; it’s not about A BUILDING we’re going to be moving into in a few weeks or months. Today is about the head of this church—GOD. Three words kind of serve as a handy outline of this text.
I. THINK FIRST OF ALL THE WORD INVITATION
Illus. – Don’t you love an invitation to something important? Dave Woodward, the missionary to England who was at our missions conference last year once received a personal invitation to visit the House of Commons. He had developed a good relationship with some important people in his town, and one day in the mail came a beautiful, gold-embossed invitation from the local MP (Member of Parliament).
He was told to go to a certain entrance at the House of Parliament—over there next to Big Bend—and inform the guard who he was, remembering to bring his passport to prove his identity. When he got there, he was disappointed to see a line a mile long at the entrance, but he followed the directions given him. The guard checked his identity and told Dave to wait until further notice.
A few minutes later an attendant came to the door and shouted above the noise in a wonderful English accent, “Mr. David Woodward, would you please come forward and I will escort you to your seat.” Now assuming an air of importance as he passed about 300 people waiting in line, he went to the front of the line, and sure enough, he was ushered into the inner chambers at one of the choicest locations, where he was greeted personally by the MP who showed him his seat.
Now that would be pretty cool wouldn’t it? Not nearly as cool as being called into the presence of God for worship. That’s what we have here—an invitation to come and worship in the presence of God.
What is the invitation?
First, we’re invited to sing to the Lord and make a joyful noise to Him – Psalms 95:1 – “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”