Sunday, October 22, 2006


In the early decades of the 20th century, my maternal grandmother took this road with her family to what is now Robinson United Methodist Church [Click on photos to enlarge them].

The saints long ago provided her with her first steps in her walk with Christ.

As a teenager Grandma left this congregation to worship at a newly established Church of God. At 18 years of age she married a man from the United Brethren Church; he, too, became Church of God.

Grandma has now been with Jesus for many years but the Methodist church remains to this day. I still have family who worship here. Every Sunday morning many cars pull in side by side, crowding the parking space down the white fence.

The Apostle Paul makes a poignant statement to his protege, Timothy. Shortly before his execution, the older man exhorts the younger:

"You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2Ti 2.1-2 ESV)

If you were soon to die, wouldn't you want to know that your life's work would continue? Paul wants the legacy, not of himself, but of the gospel, to continue. Concerning the faithful men, Wesley adds in his Explanatory Notes, "who will be able, after thou art gone, to teach others." In other words, after Paul is gone, after Timothy is gone, and after the men Timothy teaches is gone, there will be a succession of teachers who proclaim the gospel.

Generations have come and gone but Robinson United Methodist Church is still pointing people to the Lord Jesus. Glory!

It's always about Jesus Christ, and him crucified.