Well, for those brave international fans of sound preaching who were willing to make the danger-fraught midnight pilgrimage to their nearest computer, a magnificent sight was to be seen, this ‘ere weekend gone- the very first ever live-streamed sermon from Faithful Word Baptist Church. As expected, it was a success, with around 120 people tuning in from parts of the globe as far flung as Sweden, England and India. The time difference here in Sydney is about 18 hours ahead, so I armed myself with about 3 cups of concentrated “Joe”, dug into my seat, and waited for services to begin. Loading up the page at around 4.25am, there were already a few like myself, ready to catch a glimpse of another small step in the history of what is shaping up to be a pivotal church in the history of- if not just Arizona- the United States as a whole. Those present chatted genially, exchanging nationalities, and in general, taking the time to generally thank the Lord Jesus for the very existence of the church, and to express a desire to be present among the congregation.
It was perhaps this point, that I found myself most thankful for, as I observed both the relatively short sermon, and the conversations that took place throughout it’s duration. Thankful I was, as I chatted to the 120-odd members of that ragtag impromptu “e-congregation”, to know that there were others out there with a personal stake in the development of the Church. Now, before I get carried away, perhaps there are those who would think it odd to be so invested in the success of an organisation of which one has no physical part.
Nevertheless, I would argue that this is the kind of response that a knowledge of this church naturally and quite rightly produces in the starved Christian. In fact, in a world full of piss-weak preachers, Baptist dispensationalist popery, and an ever increasing list of “ministries” that involve everything except fulfilling the great commission, it is HARD to not wish the best for one of the resolute few that refuse to bow the knee, one of the very few that truly walk the walk. Indeed, it has to be said, that it is not only the excellent, sound preaching coming from the pulpit out there in Arizona that commands the attention of the Christian. It is the knowledge that every week, behind that camera shot of the Pastor, is a church family willing to heed the call and to go and preach the word to the lost. It is not just the frequent news reports aimed at the Pastor Steven L Anderson, these are just the occasional and expected flash points in a slowly unfolding war.
No, THIS is why there are so many willing to awake at ungodly hours, and to sit staring at a cold screen, to rejoice with a congregation singing hymns that we have not stood among, and to hear the word of God preached by a man we have not yet met. We do it because it is one of the very few churches left that reminds us that this is indeed a war we are entangled in. We do it because with every slam of the pulpit, and every Amen of that congregation, we are reminded that there is work to do. We awake and arise, and count it a special thing to talk with our brethren scattered throughout the globe, because even from so great a distance, it is blatantly obvious that this congregation is a great example of dedicated workers. We know that this kind of preaching ought to be thundering from every pulpit in not only America, but the world.
In any case (and perhaps long story short), it was a blessing to watch the church take another in a long line of steps forward. If you love the liberty that comes from obedience to the law of Almighty God, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, please take the time to pray that this church might continue to fulfill His will. God bless all those that worship the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and in truth.
Titus 1:9 | “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”