- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2003

The following is a sermon given yesterday by the Rev. R. Clinton Washington at Jerusalem Baptist Church in the District.

The church of God, being built on the rock, Christ Jesus, has always been able to bring some order to chaos and has stood in the midst of chaos and calms the storms of life.

Because the church’s anchor holds and grips the solid rock, even the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. Christ did not say it would not try. But Jesus said in Matthew 16 that, ‘Upon this rock I will build my church.’ I am not worried about the church. It is not mine. He promised to never leave us or forsake us. It is no secret what God will do if you trust him.

As we look forward to the future, I trust that your membership with this body of baptized believers on the Lord Jesus Christ will be enhanced and empowered by the Holy Spirit, enabling you to face the day-to-day struggles of life and help you to realize that victory can be ours.

I had no pastoral experience 30 years ago. Some said I could never make it, and they were right. I still can’t make it. But I know who I can lean on.

We have been through the storm. The rain came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against the house. Our foot almost slipped. Yet we stand.

We have worshipped through baseball games, concerts in the park and other activities during morning worship making it almost impossible to find a parking space. But yet we stand.

A lot of folks left because they want to go were they can get a parking space. We have received parking tickets, along with parking fees. Yet we stand.

We cannot move up and down the steps of Jerusalem like we used to. But yet we stand. Pardon our dust. We are installing an elevator.

Some have moved. Yet we stand. Somebody got to stay in this city. Everybody can’t go.

We have been tried, tempted and tested, but on Christ the solid rock we stand.

Our rock of strength is found in Psalm 31:3 which states, “For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”

Because of God’s mercy, Jerusalem has not been consumed.

Praise God for His listening ear. As stated in Romans 8, nothing can separate us from the love of God. I tell you, if God be for us who can be against us?

Here at Jerusalem, our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. We dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. Keep hoping — be strong, and let your heart take courage. Keep hoping in the Lord.

Be strong and let the hope of the Lord hold you. Stand tall in the place God’s love has carved out for you at Jerusalem.

When you have done all that you can do, continue to hold on and just stand. Stand tall in the space God has carved out for us here at Jerusalem. Stand tall by fixing your faith in the Lord. Stand tall by rejoicing in the Lord’s loving kindness and compassion.

And finally, my brothers and sisters, I beseech you as co-laborers in Christ to continue to work on the building, whose foundation is sure and hold up the bloodstained banner for the Lord.

Let’s go forward in faith and be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. For as much as you know your labor will not be in vain.

I don’t know how long I have, but my heart is fixed. My mind is made up. I want to love everyone. And I have come to tell you everything is going to be all right.

On Christ the solid rock we stand.

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