RICHMOND, Va.– Two sermons, same minister within a 12-hour period– a way to close out 2011 and open up 2012- talking about Faith.
The man doing the talking, Dr. Rodney Waller, the pastor of my home church, First African Baptist Church, a 231-year-old congregation where I grew up.
The rare occasion to hear the same minister in a 12-hour period came because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday. So, Waller delivered a message, “No Vacancy” on New Year’s Eve. Based in prophetic book of Isaiah, the sermonic text in the first nine verses of the sixth chapter tells of what the prophet saw when King Uzziah died.
Waller said our faith shows us that there is “no vacancy” on the throne of God. Because he’s in control, we as followers of Jesus Christ have to look upward (toward God), inward (towards ourselves) and outward (toward others we can help).
Our upward, inward and outward looks are reflective of the Faith Forward that Waller says we must have in 2012. Last night’s message was followed the first Sunday sermon on the theme of Faith with a look Abraham’s faith when God asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac as a burnt offering (see Genesis 22).
Waller challenged us that when it comes to our faith, as we start 2012 to plan on the following:
- Expect our faith to be challenged
- Focus on the promise of God and not seek justification
- Learn to depend on God to provide our needs