Our churches and their pastors have been struggling in recent months. The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced church attendance, isolated many of our most vulnerable members and led to questions about the future of our congregational ministries. The current racial crisis has raised tensions that have long plagued our people and their families, causing many to wonder aloud whether we’re really putting to death the sins of racism and hatred in our neighborhoods and churches. As if this were not enough to disparage faithful Christians, our society is also being torn apart by leaders more eager to win battles on behalf of their own tribes than to bring people together in pursuit of the common good.
In the midst of all this trouble, the Lord remains faithful. More than that, he continues to redeem a bride for Christ and build his church around the world. As he exhorts us in the book of James, “count it all joy . . . when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
In chapel this fall, we will help one another to count our present trials as joy by reminding one another of the providence of God in our everyday lives. By delving into Scripture texts that teach us of the sovereignty of God over history and instruct us to encourage one another with tokens of his providential care, we will strengthen one another to live more faithfully, hopefully and lovingly today.
All services take place at 11 a.m. in Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel.
Join us for community worship during which Michael McClymond will preach, "Always Carrying the Death of Jesus" from 2 Corinthians 4:5-15, in conjunction with this year's Reformation Heritage Lectures.
Join us for Community Worship during which Paul Lawler will deliver a sermon entitled, "The Richness of Redemption" from 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
Join us for community worship during which Tim Cox will deliver a sermon entitled, “Sufficient Grace In Times Of Need” from 2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10.
Join us for community worship during which John Cantelow III will deliver a sermon on Hebrews 12.
Join us for community worship during which Cole Griffith, the fall 2021 James Earl Massey Preaching Award recipient, will deliver a sermon on Revelation 21.