On behalf of this wonderful family, by the grace of God, the Lord gave me the courage to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:24-35), and both the goodness and severity of God (Romans 11:22). I began this sermon sharing the fruitful ‘life and legacy’ of this wonderful saint (Betty). I also shared some things that Betty allowed me to share at her funeral. I then preached the Sermon, which included both the Law (the bad news), and the Gospel (the good news). I called the lost to repentance, and to believe in the Gospel that I had just preached. I then closed with a particular Doxology.
So that I would not mislead any non-believers present, I explained to those in attendance that many of the Scriptures I would share, come with an exclusivity applicable only to Christians, and I reminded them of that, as those Scriptures were recited.
After seeing Betty during the viewing, and then seeing her large family gathered together, I told them something they did not know (except for one of them). That Betty’s husband (James) was the first person to ever share the Gospel with me. Therefore I am forever indebted to this great family.
The Lord pressed it on my heart to preach on some things that are not preached at most funerals. Therefore hell was mention 9 times, wrath 9, the word repent 12, and the words born-again 8 times. If my sermon pleased the Lord, then I know Betty would be pleased too. Please continue to pray for all of them.
If you are ever in need of a person to officiate a funeral for your family, loved one, or friend, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I receive no honorariums for this great privilege. Soli Deo Gloria!
The Sermon can be hear in Mp3 format hear, or preferably via the YouTube video below Betty Smiths funeral.