Revelation 12:11 (NLT)
11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
that they were afraid to die.
These words resonate through me. What has happened?
This weekend the Glen Alice Christian Church celebrated 120 years of God’s presence and work through them. We did this with an event common to the area called “Homecoming.” We invited special guest speakers that have been part of the GACC history in recent years.
It seems to me that the churches I am surrounded by have became content to celebrate their past as if there is no future. It is clear that there are many people who have heard about Jesus Christ through the local church. VBS, Sunday School, Sunday Morning Worship have all been avenues which people have been introduced to the name of Christ. However, it seems we have left Him in the past.
There is a generation of young people with the same “God sized hole” in their hearts as the generations of the past. This generation needs to hear the testimony of those who have experienced God’s love that has transformed their lives.
There is a popular Christian song by The News Boys titled “My God’s Not Dead” that is being sung by so many young people (12 years old to 40 years old). These people need to hear the testimony of God’s work in the lives of saints that have come before them. The silence that seems to persist within our churches only reinforces the idea that Christianity is dying.
Tyson Chastain reminded those in attendance Sunday morning of Psalm 107.
Psalm 107:2 (NIV84)
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say this—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
It’s time to tell your story. All of the redeemed have one and the deeper our faith, the better the story.
Have you told your story lately?
The church defeats the enemy by BOTH the Blood of the Lamb AND the word of their TESTIMONY.