Remove Not the Ancient Landmark
January 6th, 2014
Our church’s theme for 2014 is taken from Proverbs 22:28, “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”
Historically, a landmark was used to identify the boundaries of land ownership. In Biblical times, a stick thrust deeply into the ground or a pile of rocks massed into a mound was used to indicate the parameters of ones- property. To further secure the correct property boundaries, it was common to bury the title deed for the land in a sealed container beneath the landmark. Thus, even if the surface landmarks were moved, property boundaries could still be evidenced by the buried landmark of the title deed. Indeed, the buried title deed was the final authority of land ownership.
As Christians, God’s Word is to provide the parameters for all matters of faith and practice. The Word of God has been forever “settled in heaven” and it is the inspired, infallible and inerrant Landmark. I Peter 1:24-25, 2 Timothy 3:15-16.
As God’s people, we must be careful not to move away from the Landmark of God’s Word. Sadly, down through church history, people have shifted their beliefs and practices off of the Word of God, and in a day of much upheaval and change throughout Christianity, we must be vigilant to guard against moving away from the parameters of God’s Word.
This year marks our 40th anniversary as a church and never has it been so important that we continue to believe and to obey the teachings and principles of God’s Word. It is imperative that our understanding of salvation, missions, soul winning, the family, prayer, holiness, music, creation, prophecy, Biblical standards, and our entire philosophy of ministry remain firmly based on the Word of God. Jude 3
May 2014 be a year of renewed commitment to “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”!