Dr. Bill Henard of Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, KY, preached from Genesis 39:1-9 today in Alumni Chapel. The sermon challenged us that if we do anything in ministry we should commit to being a person of integrity.
Sermon: Genesis 39:1-9
Most ministers who lose their positions lose them not because of a problem with theology. Instead, they lose their positions because of a lack of integrity. Dr. Henard gave us three ways in which we can better equip ourselves to live a life of integrity. First, we need to know when to say no. We must know in advance what our boundaries are before the temptation arises. Second, we must not compromise with the temptations. Because we are tempted daily, we need to be on guard and prepared to fight the battle every day. Finally, we know from Scripture that God rewards the faithfulness of His people. Don’t lose your ministry over a temptation that is not worth a nickel.As I sat in chapel today, I realized that this message was speaking to the hearts of many in the congregation. At more than a few points, you could have heard a pin drop if it were not for Dr. Henard speaking. Are you living a life of integrity? Have you compromised on even the smallest of test (i.e., saying you read so much in a class when you know you did not)?
Finally, Dr. Henard said one other thing that I would like to draw attention to. He said that he believes what will kill the SBC is the arrogance of the ministers. If your theology causes you to be arrogant, then you had better rethink your theology. So I ask you, is your theology (or education) causing you to become arrogant? Do you think you are better than the common layperson because you have a great theological education? I think we should all take a deep look at our hearts to see where we stand.
Sermon About Integrity
You can download the sermon here when it is uploaded later this afternoon. You can read a fuller treatment here. You can also read Andrew Lindsey’s prayer response for this week’s chapel services here.