Perhaps there is no more famous pulpit in the world than Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Since 2005, the special responsibility for filling the former pulpit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has belonged to the Reverend Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock.
The annual celebration of the birth of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings special responsibility for the Ebenezer Pastor. Reverend Warnock fulfilled that responsibility this week with a sermon using the power of the Word to address the pressing issues of today.
In listening to several of Dr. King’s Sermons this week, I learned two powerful truths and one big revelation.
First, the Word of God never loses its power. Despite having been recorded over fifty years ago, Dr. King’s messages are still real, relevant, and revealing.
The second truth, which was reinforced this week is this: these extraordinary sermons were given often within the ordinary context of a church service – where choirs were singing, announcements were made, and collections were taken.
With these truths comes this revelation: there is no such thing as an ordinary church service. Matthew 18:20 tells us, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Therefore, while it is true that the Ebenezer pulpit maybe famous, it is not singularly special – all pulpits are special, and all church services are extraordinary!
All pastors (from Ebenezer and Wheat Street in Atlanta, to Lakewood and the Potter’s House in Texas, to Hall Chapel and Mitchell Chapel in Sparta, Georgia) have the special responsibility of feeding God’s Sheep.
It was an honor this week to be feed by Reverend Warnock and Ebenezer.