Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My Grandfather's Faith and Example

My grandfather, who is a retired pastor, turned 90 last week. The family had a big celebration for him, along with one of his former churches, and he was invited to be the guest preacher for the day. This very well may have been one of the last times that he preaches publicly like this so I would have made it a priority to be there were my family not living in S. Asia right now.

The below video clip is about ten minutes worth of his sermon that my Aunt posted on Youtube. I am unaware of any other video/audio recording at this time since it was in a country church in a small town, but hope that there is some out there somewhere.

I found it fitting that the passage God put on his heart to preach was 1 Thessalonians 1, which talks about the faith and example of the Thessalonians. My grandfather, Charles Jones, is a man of great faith and example for his family and for the hundreds to thousands of people that he has pastored over the years. As I sit back and reflect on the example and faith that he has passed on to generations I turn to the words of Paul to the Thessalonians and I want to echo those words to my grandfather:

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (ESV)
We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly1ementioning you in our prayers, remembering before four God and Father gyour work of faith and labor of hlove and isteadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, jbrothers2 loved by God,kthat he has chosen you, because lour gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and min the Holy Spirit and with fullnconviction. You know owhat kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And pyou became imitators of us qand of the Lord, forryou received the word in much affliction, swith the tjoy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lordusounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth veverywhere, so that we need not say anything.For they themselves report concerning us the kind of wreception we had among you, and how xyou turned to God yfrom idols to serve the living and ztrue God, 10 and ato wait for his Son bfrom heaven, cwhom he raised from the dead, Jesus dwho delivers us from ethe wrath to come.

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