The word celebrate is defined as “to observe an occasion with ceremonies, festivity and rejoicing.” It means, “to keep, to commemorate, to jubilate, to extol, and to praise!” In this life there are a myriad of things worth celebrating such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, marriages, etc. Everybody from time to time can turn aside from the everyday struggles of life and find a reason to rejoice in celebratory splendor–it’s your day to celebrate!
However, I don’t know of anyone who has a reason to celebrate any more than we who are privileged to be a part of the greatest institution on this planet–the church! God has even predestined that you and I should be a part of the family of faith called the National Primitive Baptist Church. It is the institution that we love and admire. Our theme helps us to put in perspective the supreme object of our celebration. It stands head and shoulders above the rest because it’s the only institution that’s guaranteed to get out of this world alive. As we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, we celebrate. Now, I’m aware of the increasing flow of church bashers who repeatedly publish what’s wrong with the church. There are some who make a living from it. However, most of them either have little experience in church participation or they have deep unresolved spiritual issues. Well, I’m the first to admit that the church is not perfect. And that’s because the church is filled with imperfect people. Imperfect people produce imperfect results. But the fact is any institution that has been around for as long as the Lord’s church obviously is doing something right! Therefore, we celebrate what is right with the church. These passages set forth the solid ground for celebration: Matthew 16:13-19; 28:18-20; Acts 2:1-3.
“Celebrating the Church Founded, Faithful, Focused, and on Fire!” Founded: “Upon this rock I will build my church.” (Matthew 16:18) Jesus is the founder, foundation, CEO, undisputed Lord of the church. The church belongs to Jesus.
- Faithful: Faithful in the Word, in worship, in the work, and in the walk
- Focused: We know where we’re going. Any church with a kingdom focus will flourish.
- On Fire: Keep the fire burning! Since God put it there at Pentecost, then, the least we can do is keep it burning.
And so, my prayer is–as we praise our founder — may we expect fresh faithfulness, fresh focus, and fresh fire!