"Stand Firm in your Faith! "
Isaiah 7:9b “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.'"
As we end this year still with the COVID Pandemic stunting our lives at every turn, BBC and its congregation has had its share of obstacles that seem to prevent the worship of our God and Savior. People of both secular and sacred mindset have been tempted to succumb in just giving up after repeated shutdowns in our economy, schools and even our church services at BBC.
However, we have our hope in our Savior! God spoke to Isaiah to tell King Ahaz of Judah in verse 7:9b that in spite of fear of the Syrian alliance, and threat that it imposed, Judah was to stand firm in faith. And, that God would see them through a difficult time. The lesson we should extract and apply to ourselves is, that if our faith will not work in difficult times, then it will not work at all. We have to stand firm in our faith!
Persevere with Optimism
Back in October2020, I stated the antidote for anxiety is the hope we have in Christ and the promise that God will never forsake us. Further, we have the encouragement of His Holy word. That is the joy we can share during our Christmas season at BBC. We will rise above the ashes! In fact, as I am writing this Music Notes insert, we will perform a Veteran’s Day piece “Free” Sunday November 29th that got derailed from another COVID incident. The objective is twofold: Encourage our male choir singers to focus on developing their voices and to encourage others to join in preparation of putting our BBC Celebration Choir back together, hopefully as soon as possible in 2021. Another recent development - Pastor John Thompson decided to bring back our “Live Nativity”. All of this warms my heart. We are not dead yet and should not act like it.
Second, although we will not have any of the normal Christmas activities, such as our Christmas Banquet and Community Christmas Concert, we will have a joyous Christmas Sunday celebration for our morning service December 20th! Our dear orchestral music friends will join us again for this service. What warms my heart is that although these Christian brothers and sisters belong to other church denominations, we celebrate as one for the Glory of our Savior, Christ Jesus! To me, it just does not get any better than that! Hallelujah to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!
In closing, we have no idea what 2021 will bring, but I choose to persevere with optimism. Bethlehem Baptist has stood beyond 225 years: 14 years after the Declaration of Independence, 13 years after the battle at Yorktown, endured multiple national battles for our freedom from tyranny. All of this followed by international conflicts such as Spanish-American war, WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam, and most recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is an encouragement to me that we need to stay the course with a mission to save the lost…no matter the cost. That all may know the saving grace of Christ Jesus.
In His Service and for His Glory,
Jon H. Vosburg lll
Music Director/Bethlehem Baptist Church