1790. That’s the year this old country church got its start. 1909 was the year that the frame of the present sanctuary was erected.

Churches like this one dot the landscape of the rural south that I grew up in and live in today.
These churches have seen countless lives saved, shaped and sent out on mission. These churches have faithfully & sacrificially funded missions endeavors and organizations at home and abroad, denominational ministries and the theological education of student after student who...
wouldn’t have been able to afford it without them.

These churches have loved their Lord and neighbors well. They’ve wept with the weeping and rejoiced with the joyful. They’ve hosted a multitude of both weddings and funerals.

These churches have brought glory to God and...
sought the good of their fellow man. They have been the lifeblood of their denominations for generations.

These churches are also much maligned today.

Viewed by many as irrelevant, archaic and dispensable. Many have traded them in for a newer, sleeker model. Maybe one that’s
a little more entertaining. Oddly enough, many of its biggest critics are those who’ve benefitted from its ministry and generosity the most.

Yet, they’re still here...sometimes a couple hundred years later. Still gathering on the Lords Day for worship. Still funding missions,
ministry and education. Still feeding grieving families in the community and still letting their little light shine


The latest research tells us that only 4 in 10 new churches will make it past the three year mark.

How do these little churches out in
the middle of nowhere survive when one new church plant after another fails?

That’s a necessary question.

I love church planting/church planters. I believe planting new churches is absolutely necessary in order to continually engage the ever changing culture with the Gospel.
So this is a question that I’ve given much thought to.

How have these churches continued to last, even after their demise is predicted over and over again with each passing generation?

I’d contend that these churches have lasted because of their foundation.

They weren’t built
on style or the latest trends. They aren’t built upon the results of market research or religious think tank experiments.

Their foundation is the Solid Rock. This is where they stand and have stood for years and years.

All other ground is sinking sand.
I once saw a church billboard that proudly advertised, “We Ain’t Your Grandmas Church”

Well Junior, maybe that’s the problem.

Instead of writing it off, we should seek to learn from its faithful example.

Grandmas church has (and continues to) March on, glorifying its King.

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