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November 30, 2014, 10:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 30, 2014

Fifth Sunday Sermon

Good Morning Family!

I trust everyone enjoyed at least a little time with family and friends this past week.  We had a great time last Sunday as we celebrated Thanksgiving together as a church family.  We had 70 in worship and then sat down together around the table and thanked the Lord for His provision of a bountiful meal.  We also thank all those who prepared or helped layout the dinner and decorate.  If I start to name names, I will neglect someone, so please accept your church family’s gratitude for a job well done! 

This is a fifth Sunday, so we will experience together a prominent sermon from the past.  Today’s sermon is entitled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”.  This was preached by the great early colonial pastor-teacher Dr. Jonathan Edwards.  He preached this particular sermon at the church in Enfield, Connecticut on July 8, 1741.

The Great Awakening was beginning in the colonies at that time.  This was a move of God that saw revival sweep through the American colonies at just the right time which continued up to and became fuel for the American Revolution.  Although he was the pastor at Northampton Church in Massachusetts, the pastor at Enfield invited Edwards to speak to his congregation that day.

This sermon caused a great stir in that church and the community at the time and has been seen as instrumental of God’s movement in Connecticut to bring that part of the colonies into the great revival burning across New England.

His sermon was interrupted many times that morning by cries from the distressed and moved congregation of “What shall we do?  How shall we escape?”  The vivid imagery and the deep doctrine presented by Jonathan Edwards along with the moving of the Holy Spirit that particular morning has been the topic of history books since that day.

In the fall of 1757, Jonathan Edwards, being the leading American theologian and pastor at the time became president of Princeton University.  He served a short time until spring and then the Lord took Him home.  First and foremost, Edwards was a pastor that loved people and preached of God’s love and justice.  These themes are what compelled him to produce this sermon that still lives today and still can reach lives with the glorious Gospel.

As always, my prayer is that we would all Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”    II Timothy 2:15.

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann, Your Shepherd



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