I am back in the pulpit this morning. I thank God for my friends, Rev. Randolph Graham and Rev. Keith Lewis, who preached in my place and for my college buddy Dr. Wayne Weathers, for his stirring Homecoming message. We were blessed to have the word of God delivered by Dr. Vincent Smith, Dr. Reginald Davis, Min. Marlene Fuller, and Pastor Willie Barnes for our revival services.
Again, I am most grateful to Fr. David Arnold and the St. Cyprian of Carthage Orthodox Church (OCA) and Fr. James Purdie and the St. Basil the Great (Antiochian) Orthodox Church for the wonderful Divine Liturgy, hospitality, and friendship. Had I not known Christ or had been a nominal Christian, I would have asked to be a catechumen. But, I must remain where I am until the Lord calls me to do otherwise (besides, gas cost too much for me to drive all the way out to Powhatan or Poquoson).
Yes, we had a great revival at Trinity Baptist Church. Now that we have been revived, let us follow Jesus more closely!
THE DEMAND OF SELF-DENIAL
Mark 8:34 – 9:1
(introduction) We African-Americans have suffered external denial
(thesis) In the midst of that time, we cultivated lessons of (internal) self-denial to survive
(antithesis) With our liberation, we no longer consider self-denial important to our faith
(propositional statement) Without self-denial, it is impossible to follow Jesus
(relevant question) What makes self-denial so crucial?
- self-denial puts ego aside (v.35)
- self-denial holds the soul higher than earthly gain (v.35, 36)
- self-denial gives us the strength to bear the cross (v.34)
(conclusion) Shun the shallow theology of Gospel “catch phrases” and let the mind of Christ be in us (Philippians 2:5 – 8)