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Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Sermon That Changed My Life—By Bobbline Cheembela

This week’s instalment on “The Sermon that changed my life” is from Bobbline Cheembela. He is married to Priscilla and God has blessed them with four wonderful kids—three biological and one adopted. He has been a member of Kabwata Baptist Church since 2005. He became a Christian in 1994 at Central Baptist Church in Chingola. He is a deacon at Kabwata Baptist Church and is an accountant by profession. Let us hear from him about the sermon that changed his life…

Bobbline Chembela with his wife, Priscilla
I have listened to many excellent sermons and I would like to share one that I listened to many years ago, probably 13 or 14 years ago but I still remember it. The sermon was on a tape (this probably shows how long ago it was). Pastor Albert Martin (from Montville Trinity Baptist Church, New Jersey, United States of America) preached it. From the title it was probably a sermon preached at a funeral service or soon after a funeral service. I can’t really remember the text he preached from but I do remember the main points he brought out.

The sermon was entitled: Things for which Dean Allen had no regrets. Dean Allen must have been a God-fearing pastor and family man. Pastor Al Martin identified four areas for which Dean Allan had no regrets.
  1. His relationship to God
  2. How he conducted himself as a pastor
  3. His relationship to his wife and children
  4. His relationship with his fellow men

What really struck me about this sermon is the clear message that our Christianity should permeate all areas of our lives. For instance, some of the lines I remember from the sermon are that Dean Allen conducted himself in such a way that he never gave his wife any reason to doubt him even though his work required him to spend hours with women in counselling.  In reference to his wife, he ensured that he exercised a loving headship over her to ensure that he presents her to his Maker better than he found her in terms of sanctification. At a time when many evangelical pastors yielded to what we might term as “under hand” methods of increasing church attendance, he stuck to the truth and remained true to the gospel.

This sermon has made me to aspire for a Christian life that strives to please Christ in all areas of my life—in my career, in my family, and in my service to the Lord in the local church and elsewhere. I know I have a very busy career life but because, by God’s grace, I am conscious of my priorities in life, I strive to lead a balanced life. It is not easy but with God’s grace it is possible. I want to lead such a life that when I take my last breath I won’t have any regrets.

3 comments:

  1. A man in my church, David Scott, just forwarded me the link to this blog post as an encouragement that our God is both big and mysterious. Pastor Dean Allen was my dad, and I remember only bits of Pastor Martin's sermon that day as a 9-year old boy. It is extremely encouraging to hear how our Lord used that sermon preached at my dad's funeral 20 years ago in this life-altering way, and its sobering to consider the far-reaching impact of a life run well by the grace of God. I take it as a Holy Spirit-initiated admonishment to remember God's grace in the life of a man I saw Jesus through as a child. Thanks for the post!

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    1. Oh! I equally remember that sermon. I must have listened to it about 10 or 12 years ago. It was a very powerful biography of your father and I too have been blessed by it.
      I remember pastor Martin mentioning that he had taken an outline of a sermon by Pastor Pazzino, (not sure of the name), who upon learning of the death of your father, sat at the back of the car seat and prepared a sermon to be delivered that sunday morning. In talking about the relationship with the children, Pastor Martin said that your father had no regrets for he had taught the word of God to them and when he was sick and could not talk, the children read the bible to him!

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  2. This post and comments are a beautiful testimony to the workings of the Lord! I cried when I read Ben Allen's comment.

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