Hope for Our Church
Last Sunday morning, I shared a brief history of our church in my sermon. It is amazing how God has used our church for so many years here in Downtown Arlington.
Think about it. We have been here since 1871. Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States and our nation was re-building after an awful Civil War.
In April of 1871, P.T. Barnum opened his three-ring circus. In May, the very first Major League Baseball game was played in the US. My hometown, Birmingham, Alabama, was incorporated in 1871.
And – here in Johnson Station, Elder John Burnett led 17 Baptists to organize a new Baptist Church. Can you imagine what must have been on the hearts and minds of the charter members of our church? When they gathered for prayer, what types of prayer requests were shared? What were their chief concerns?
Then, our church grew alongside the city of Arlington. We moved three miles north to be near the new railroad just opened in our community. Our church continued to grow and thrive as it ministered to the people of Arlington. We have provided ministry through the Industrial Revolution, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the 1960’s, the Sexual Revolution, the new millennium, September 11, the Gulf War, the Great Recession —– and through the present. Wow! What a heritage we have as a church!
Once again, can you imagine all of the prayers that have been offered up through the years at FBC Arlington? God has assembled some incredible people at this church. Today, we are standing on the shoulders of some great Christians who built this church. It is truly humbling.
And now – we are facing a bright future. God continues to be at work at FBC Arlington. He has assembled a wonderful group of people who love Him and want to be used by Him. I am honored to serve alongside such great people.
On Sunday, we will gather at the Levitt Pavilion for a special day of worship and dedication. It will be another milestone in a long list of milestones at our church. We will bless the past, celebrate the present, and lean into our future. It is more than just the dedication of a building. It will be the culmination of years of sacrificial giving and a launching of a new era at FBC Arlington. Praise God!
So, yes, I am hopeful for our church. Great days are ahead. Stay tuned!