The 2009 Central Texas Annual Conference opened with a worship service last night at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Dr. Walter Kimbrough is our conference preacher.
The service opened with magnificent music that spanned from classical to traditional to contemporary.
Dr. Kimbrough is pastor emeritus of Cascade UMC in Atlanta, a church which he grew to 7000 members as pastor. Dr. Kimbrough’s message was “Remember our History” from Acts 2:36-47.
36Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
- The Question – “What must we do?”
- The Answer – “Repent!”
- The Response – The Holy Spirit
- The Blessing – “Day by day were added those who were being saved.”
I don’t want to take anything away from the sermon; it was very well delivered, inspiring, and motivating toward the work we are called to do. I love the four points – they are memorable and faithful to the text preached. However, this part was overlooked: 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.
We are meeting in Southlake, one of the capitals of consumerism in the U.S., possibly the world. We are a church that has traditionally fared well among the middle and upper-middle class. Shouldn’t remembering our history actually include this aspect of life of the early church?