|Bobbline Chembela with his wife, Priscilla|
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.
- His relationship to God
- How he conducted himself as a pastor
- His relationship to his wife and children
- 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.