SERMON: What Was I Thinking? – Rev. Dr. Miriam Dakin
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
ANTHEM: Give Thanks/Now Thank We All Our God – Chancel Choir
The Church’s One Foundation (1866)
Samuel John Stone, 1839-1900
At a gathering of ministers two weeks ago that Miriam and I attended, the featured speaker was Dr. Bill Leonard, professor emeritus of the Wake Forest Divinity School. Dr. Leonard’s topic was “The Future of Baptists in the 21st Century: Do We Have One?” In the course of his presentation, Dr. Leonard quoted the first two lines of this hymn: “The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord,/She is his new creation by water and the word.” And then he remarked, “That is the gospel story in a nutshell.” He encouraged us to focus our energies primarily on telling “The Jesus Story,” for that is the most attractive, most powerful and most compelling part of the church’s message.