Summary: Sermon 3 in the series “Church Matters" - An reminder to remember and continue the landmarks our church was built on.
Remove not the Ancient Landmark
Sermon 3 in the series “Church Matters"
June 30, 2013
TEXT: Proverbs 22:28 – “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”
When the Israelites entered Canaan and land was divided among the various Israelite tribes, each family was given a plot of land to provide a livelihood for themselves. On their land, each family put down “landmarks” to mark their property. Unger’s Bible Dictionary says that a landmark was “a stone, stake, or other monument to designate the boundary of land.” Some versions translate this word as a “boundary stone” a good modern translation.
To remove a landmark in Old Testament times was tantamount to stealing a man’s land. Unger says that “it was prohibited in the Mosaic Law on account of the close connection in which a man’s possession as the means of his support stood to the life of the man himself.”
Now, here at Grace Baptist Church there are some definite landmarks we drove deep into the ground at the very beginning to set the parameters of what we wanted our church to be like. In fact, I preached today’s sermon on July 18, 2004 when we officially organized our little weekly Bible study into a church, giving it the name Grace Baptist Church. We planted these landmarks deep into the soil of this church’s history, and God forbid that we would ever move the original landmarks; move from what this church was founded on; move from what it was meant to be by our founding members.
Today, I want us to go over our spiritual property, so to speak, and make sure the landmarks are all still there so that we can celebrate it a year from now when we celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary.
THE FIRST LANDMARK WE DROVE IN WAS THAT OF SIMPLE FAITH IN GOD.
Without a doubt, faith is the most important landmark we could have driven down because Hebrews 11:6 says “But without faith it is impossible to please [God]…”
Back in September 2003, a little band of people met for the first time as a Bible study. We didn’t know how it would be done and how long it would take, but a firm faith arose in our hearts that God was going to bless this endeavor.
And my, has He ever! I went back in our records this week to see what our attendance was the Sunday we organized and my records show 17 people! We’ve got a considerable higher amount attending these days as this chart of average morning worship attendances attests…
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 (to date)
AM 36 48 62 81 109 113 160 159 168 166
In the interim, we’ve seen many brought into God’s Kingdom; many who sold out to Jesus wholeheartedly; many whose marriages were salvaged; and many who discovered a key truth that set them on the road to victory in their lives.
Back in 2004, I told our people that we really needed to drive down two landmarks of faith for those who follow, and I would cast the same vision for you here today: