Loudonville Community Church
Monday, May 20, 2013
A Note from former Senior Pastor, Stan Key
Perhaps nothing typifies our corporate existence as a church more than preaching. We gather together on Sunday in large measure to hear God's Word. When the Scriptures are read and interpreted, God speaks in a way that changes our lives. The goal of preaching is not just information but transformation! There is something foolish about this, yet preaching is the medium through which God has consistently spoken to millions of believers down through the centuries.
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (I Corinthians 1:21-24)
In a memorable passage from Moby Dick, Herman Melville described the pulpit's prominent place in human history.
...the pulpit is ever this earth's foremost part; all the rest comes in its rear; the pulpit leads the world. From thence it is the storm of God's quick wrath is first descried, and the bow must bear the earliest brunt. From thence it is the God of breezes fair or foul is first invoked for favorable winds. Yes, the world's a ship on its passage out, and not a voyage complete; and the pulpit is its prow. (chapter 8)~Many of Pastor Stan's sermons, as well as other speakers, are available on our website. You can listen to them right on our website or download the sermon you want as an MP3. We also have many of Pastor Stan's series available to purchase in CD gift sets by filling out an order form at the Information Center at our Church.~