One year ago today, Pastor Rod Benner preached his last sermon. The previous year saw Rod survive through a massive heart attack and then God’s amazing, wondrous healing power in Rod’s life. Still recovering from the months of rehab and doctors’ visits, Rod entered the pulpit on Sunday morning, January 21, 2018, to preach as if he had many, many more Sundays ahead of him. This sermon now stands as the perfect farewell sermon from a pastor who changed the lives of so many.
This sermon is worth remembering not only because it contains an encouraging message, but it is yet another example from Rod Benner of how to live the Christian life well. Rod could have retired once the heart attack hit. He could have decided it was God’s way of telling him to stop. He could have quit, but instead he kept serving and fulfilling the call of God on his life. Rod and Sherry were able to watch their years of training and development paid off as the people of Life’s Journey Christian Fellowship continued to be a team and continued on with the vision and mission the Benners helped us form. Rod always had his focus on today with a look to the future. To Rod, life was not measured by what happened yesterday but by what Jesus is doing today.
If you couldn’t see God’s purpose yesterday, today is the day to receive new vision. If you didn’t feel God’s love yesterday, today is the day to receive it. If you didn’t know Jesus yesterday, today is the best time to meet your new best friend.
Be encouraged by the legacy of Rod Benner, so well summarized in his last sermon “Supernatural Sight”.