Truett-McConnell president Dr. Emir Caner introduced the speaker, Dr. James G. Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA. Dr. Merritt’s wife, Teresa, is a graduate of Truett-McConnell College, and he was instrumental in having one of the first crosses placed on top of the hill on the Truett-McConnell campus. (For story concerning the tradition of TMC’s cross on the hill, see Once Upon a Hill.)
Dr. Merritt took his text from Ecclesiastes 1. He introduced his topic by describing the author of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, as the wealthiest, most popular, most powerful man of his time. The conclusion that Solomon drew is that all that had and had experienced is worthless: Everything is nothing when everything is all there is.
The speaker made three major points from the Scripture text:
He concluded his sermon with a quote from Augustine many centuries ago: “He who has God has everything; he who does not have God has nothing; he who has God and everything has no more than he who has God alone.”
Reverend Jeff Crook, Senior Pastor of Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Oakwood Georgia, spoke about Standing Tall on Your Knees. He challenged us to work on our prayer life. Our prayer is the lifeline to God. If we do not attend to God's will in our life, our confidence to come before God in prayer will be hindered.
Reverend Crook shared from 1 John 5:14-15
"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." (NKJV)Let us take up this challenge to spend time with God, to build our prayer life so we will have acceptance and access to our Heavenly Father.
1. Jesus is the final and Supreme Word.2. Jesus is the final and Supreme Sacrifice.3. Jesus is the final and Supreme Exaltation.
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