We’ve Come This Far…

blacksingerThe song says:

We’ve Come This Far By Faith
Leaning on the Lord
Trusting in His Holy Word
He’s Never Failed Me Yet

Remembering is an important part of preaching. In some ways we are seeking to help the people recall the magnificent stories of both the Old and the New Testament. But we are not only seeking to recall to mind things that happened to other folks. No we are seeking to “remember” that the stories of the Bible are magnificent templates through which we can see the power and glory of God in our own lives.

Yes our future can and will be changed as we participate in the stories, but this song that has been so prominent in the Black Church reminds us that as we tell the stories, we must connect our story to the Bible story. We must remember what God has done. For God hasn’t stopped taking people through Red Seas. No God hasn’t stopped freeing people from slavery. Yes God still comes to us like Abraham and tells us of a promised land where God is leading us. And yes, God is still in the resurrection business as God still revives us to live hopeful and powerful lives in the present.

The preacher can never lose track of the importance of memory. And neither can the preacher lose track of the importance of connecting God’s faithfulness to a new day that is only possible because “God has never failed us yet.”

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  1. Pastor Sylvester Warsaw, Jr. says:

    Thank you for the article on remembering what God has done and still doing and still wants to do. I would only take it one step further and that we must in our homes tell our families about what God is doing and what He has done. In the First Testament God told the fathers to teach their children about Him. We are so consumed with trying to leave our children with a monetary inheritance when we should be trying to leave them a Godly inheritance. Giving our children a Godly inheritance give them a foundation and a value sysstem to succeed while on this journey. If God is Lord of our lives it only makes sense that He’s Lord of our home.

  2. Sherman Haywood Cox II says:

    Hello,

    Thank you for your response. it is a needed reminder that we must take our remembering beyond the church into our families and communities. Perhaps one of the reasons for the rise of nihilism in our community is that those who remember haven’t passed on the memories to the next generation…

    God bless and please keep commenting…

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