Still Great Things

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back
from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

– Hebrews 13:20-21

In my college Old Testament class, the professor explained one morning the nature of the word “Amen.” We say this word without usually giving thought to its purpose. It functions more like a way to say, “The end.” Or, it’s uttered during services, whether quietly or shouted (in some congregations), to convey agreement with what was just said. Pastors enjoy hearing it while in the pulpit because it communicates affirmation, the sense that someone out there “gets it” and desires to hear more. You have to watch out for that one, though. Those declarations of affirmation might just make the sermon a bit longer.

A Semitic term that made its way through Hebrew, Greek, English, and a variety of other language adoptions, it literally translates to “so be it,” hence the purpose of attaching at the conclusion of a prayer. Essentially, it’s requesting God’s involvement in accomplishing whatever was mentioned or requested during the prayer. It’s an invocation, of sorts.

It isn’t the end. It’s actually the beginning.

“Amen” acknowledges that the work begins. Now, at the conclusion of something, we begin looking to see those things we desire take shape. We might ask for any number of things, but the “amen” reminds us that our involvement is also necessary following the prayer.

With a new church year just around the corner, albeit a very different start to one given our circumstances, we know the work of the church continues. It’s a time of year we remember our dedication to our church home. As the people of God, we understand there is a responsibility in helping carry on the tasks of our church body, and it necessitates all of us banding together in order to accomplish our continuing goals. Even apart, we’re together.

This year looks a lot different, but I’m confident in the faithfulness of our congregation, that we will continue to support one another, care for each other, and fulfill the responsibilities set before us to represent the love of Christ within our community. It might look a bit different. It might mean some changes along the way, but the work continues. Thinking back through the history of our church, when we survey all the great moments and accomplishments, all the unity, teamwork, and camaraderie that develops through working with one another through the spirit of God, what we’ll find is that it continues to help grow ever stronger.It reminds us that there are still great things in store for Knightdale Baptist Church. So, can I
get an Amen?

–Rev. Trent Sessoms 
Senior Pastor, Knightdale Baptist Church

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