We’ve Come This Far By Faith

Spiritual songs originated from the experience of enslaved Africans in the United States. They are the psalms of a people in exile who lifted their hearts in praise, thanksgiving, lament to God while they experienced harsh circumstances. The songs express deep religious faith and belief in the eternal God who is greater than temporary hardships. 

The persistent theme permeating Spirituals is the need for radical change in the current social situation. For the slave, this meant freedom. As such, spirituals can be classified as songs of protest. The appeal for deliverance and change is directed to God, who hears their cry and delivers them “on time.” 

The spirituals are an ageless liturgical resource for any worshipping community. As we observe Black History month, there are key lessons passed down from these songs and their creators. The themes of community, love, repentance, trust, and service are threaded into the fabric of the Spirituals. As we recover from the global pandemic of 2020, an overarching question we may ask of the spirituals in 2021 is: how does faith empower one to persevere through difficulty in life? 

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Sermon Series

Traditional

February 7
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: Community
Andy Nixon

February 14
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: Love for one another
Andy Nixon

February 21
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: “Painful, Beautiful, and Faithful”
Andy Nixon

February 28
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: Trust In God
Andy Nixon

March 7
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: Service/Called to God’s Mission
Andy Nixon

The Source

February 7
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: Community
Ken Coneby

February 14
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: Love for one another
Ken Coneby

February 21
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: An Outpouring of Love
Ken Coneby

February 28
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: Trust In God
Ken Coneby

March 7
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: Service/Called to God’s Mission
Ken Coneby