"IT'S TIME FOR A CHECK-UP"
CONVENTION SERMON FOR THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION
June 5, 1991
(Humorous story about attending our first Southern Baptist
Convention and the irony of being in this place.)
Under God's leadership I would like to preach from Matthew
6:19-24 today. Would you look with me to the Bible and read
from the text? May God honor the reading of His Word.
In January of 1990 our doctor discovered that my wife had
cancer. As a 34 year old pastor my life was shaken. God used
that experience in my life in a great way. By the way, I want
to thank literally hundreds of you who have prayed for my
wife for these last eighteen months. After major surgery,
other supporting surgeries, six weeks of radiation treatment,
and six months of aggressive chemotherapy treatments., the
medical community declares that at this time they find no
trace of active cancer in my wife. I believe in miracles -
to God be the glory!
When you have a disease like cancer there are no such events
like a "routine check-up." You see, going for a check-up has
a different perspective now. There is anxiety, fear, and
uncertainty. Every three months two different doctors give
my wife a check-up. The words, "It's time for a check-up"
are no longer meaningless words with no emotion. Why is
this so? Because we understand the seriousness of the disease
It is obvious that in 1991 the Christian and non-Christian
communities have forgotten the worst terminal illness of our
day, the terminal illness of sin. I want to call us as a
Convention to a check-up. The title of my message today
is "It Is Time For A Check-Up."
In the Sermon on the Mount Lord was challenging us to
live according to His principles in life. He is calling us to
check-up on our lives. He is calling us to a life of joy, integrity,
and truth. In our specific text today, let's permit Jesus to
penetrate our desire of sin as we share with yo ...
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