In this sermon, our founding pastor finishes his series on “America–How Did We Get Here From There?” by explaining the strategy for where we go from here. Here are some excerpts:

“…I have had a two-fold purpose in this series of sermons:

(1) To gain an understanding of yesterday. I believe it is impossible for us to have a realistic understanding of where we are today without looking at our nation and our history. We have looked in some depth at the last four decades.

(2) The second purpose of this study is to develop a strategy for today. It is well to know what happened yesterday, but it is even more important for us to know what we ought to be doing so far as the future is concerned. So, let’s emphasize that, and let’s talk about it during the next few minutes.

The Strategy– What the Church Needs To Do

What does the Church need in order to make a difference in our society?…

  1. The Church needs to have a realistic view of America. …[I]t is certainly time for us Christians to wake up and realize how secular a nation we really are…”
  2. The Church needs to have a realistic view of ourselves as the people of God… Look what Jesus said we were to be. Here is His expectation of us. He said, “You are like salt for all mankind. But if salt loses its taste, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown away and people walk on it…”

The Strategy– Where to go from Here?

Where do we go from here? We go to total, unconditional commitment to Christ; and if you are not prepared to make that kind of commitment, then there’s no way God can use you for His purpose — to bring this great country of ours back to Himself through a spiritual revival.

Joshua said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” If God’s people would say that, and then act upon it, we would soon see a transformed America!


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


July 2, 1995

1 John 2:15, 17

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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