One of the most amazing moment of my life and ministry came this past July in Kenya at a bush church called Grace and Glory Church. For nearly six hours I preached on the Doctrines of Grace – how God chooses us for salvation by grace and securely keeps us unto Himself for all eternity. The crowd of pastors and churchmen sat in rapt attention as I read and explained each word from John 6, 8, and 10. It was a message few had ever heard before.
As I concluded, I stressed that all we do as pastors and Christians, is to be for the glory of God, for He alone is worthy of all glory, honor, and praise. I stood on the floor among the enthusiastic standing-room only crowd and began to sing one of my favorite American hymns.
To God be the glory – great things He hath done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the lifegate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thro’ Jesus, the Son,
And give Him the glory – great things He hath done!
A few words into the song and a young Kenyan near the front stood and joined me. Soon the entire convocation was standing and those who knew the song sang so that all Heaven and nature were ringing.
When I finished, I asked the young man at my side to lead the church again, but in the native tongue. It was marvelous sight and sound as men and women, elderly and children, black and brown and white, Americans and various Kenyan tribesmen joined as one praising the God of Redemption. For a moment, we had something of a real-time glimpse of what will be one day.
And they sang a new song, saying: You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing! (Revelation 5:9, 10, 12).
For a video on our 2016 ministry trip to Kenya, click here.