Of Inspiration From Our Pastor
I have written this week with
the Lord's help about our new theme for 2020 which is "100
Years: To God be the Glory!" The scripture text for our
new theme comes from the book of Psalms. This book is a collection
of prayers, poems, and hymns that focus the worshipper's thoughts
on God in praise and adoration. Psalms is the inspired prayer
and praise book used in temple and synagogue worship of the
Jews. The Hebrew title for the collection was "Tehillim"
which means = praise songs. The Greek title for Psalms was
"Psalmoi" which means = songs to the accompaniment
of a stringed instrument. The book of Psalms is different
because we see "man speaking to his God." The central
message of this book is praise ye the Lord or praise to God
through prayer. The theme of the book of Psalms is "God
is to be praised in every situation of our life." There
were twelve authors mentioned in the book of Psalms who have
their names on their Psalms. David is one of the main authors
and has his name on seventy-three Psalms.
The scripture text for this article is (Psalms 118:22-24)
which says = The stone which the builders refused is become
the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it
is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD
hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. This passage
of scripture is a messianic prophecy about Jesus; how he will
come into the world to bring salvation to the Jews and the
whole world, but will be rejected by the Jews. He will come
to establish a spiritual kingdom in the earth, but they will
kill him and refuse to use him as a foundational stone for
the apostolic church. The Psalmist says = The stone which
the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
(Psalm 118:22). The Apostle Peter also wrote about it in (I
Peter 2:6) which says = Wherefore also it is contained in
the scripture, Behold I lay in Sion (Zion) a chief corner
stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall
not be confounded. Also read: (Isaiah 28:16). When God got
ready to build his church he used Jesus as the foundational
rock; that's why it has been able to still be standing and
existing for 1,987 years (33 AD to 2020 AD). (Matthew 16:18
says = And I will say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and
upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell
(death) shall not prevail against it. Jesus was not talking
about building this church on Peter or any other fleshly being.
He was talking about peter's revelation of who Jesus truly
was: Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matthew
Our church, Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church, was founded
in May, 1920 and this year, 2020, we will celebrate our church
anniversary of 100 years. We have come this far by faith,
leaning on the Lord! We have continued to exist and function
because of the foundational stone or rock which is supporting
us; and holding us up! That rock is Jesus; He is the chief
corner stone. (Ephesians 2:20-22) says = And are built upon
the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ
himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building
fitly framed together growth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of
God through the Spirit.
This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (Psalm
118:23). We chose this scripture for our 2020 theme because
we want to give glory to God for the things which he had done.
"Down through the years" (1920 to 2020), we have
seen many things come against our church, but it did not fall
because it is founded upon a rock. We are a "word church."
We have a doctrine and a way of life that is based upon those
things which are written in God's holy word: such as holy,
righteous living; the new birth of water and the spirit according
to (John 3:5-8) and (Acts 2;38); and holiness without which
no man shall see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14). Jesus said in
(Matthew 7:24, 25). Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings
of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man,
which build his house upon a rock: And the rain descended,
and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that
house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church is still standing because
it is built upon the rock of God's holy word. 100 years and
still standing! This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24). Lord we
thank you for your faithfulness to "all" of us.
You have not left us, nor forsaken us. And none of your good
promises to your chosen people have failed. In 2020, let us
give glory and honor to our God!
Suffragan Bishop Charles L.
January 5, 2020