All Glory to God for His grace and mercies even as we celebrated our 40th Anniversary on the 23rd and 24th May 2015. It was truly a memorable weekend of celebration as we gave thanks for His faithfulness for the past 40 years.
Truly, thus far the Lord has lead us - Ebenezer!
Forty years is significant in the Scriptures as it represents a generation. Since our founding in 1975, we have seen an entire new generation arisen and poised to enter the next phase and upcoming years of breakthroughs. We hold this to be a fulfilling of the theme “The Coming of Two Generations” from our Family Camp 2014 and reinforcing our corporate DNA to be an inter-generational church.
It is with expectant hearts that we anticipate God doing a fresh new work in our midst as Isaiah 43:19 was declared prophetically over SSMC -
“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
This was followed by another scripture promise in Isaiah 54:2-4 given to SSMC during our 40th Anniversary Sunday Celebration's sermon.
To commemorate the divine victory over the Philistines, “Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us’” ( 12).
Ebenezer means “stone of help.” From then on, every time an Israelite saw the stone erected by Samuel, he would have a tangible reminder of the Lord’s power and protection. The “stone of help” marked the spot where the enemy had been routed and God’s promise to bless His repentant people had been honored.
Meaning of Ebenezer
In 1 Samuel 7, during the end of the time of the judges, Israel under the leadership of Samuel repents of their sin, destroys their idols, and begins to seek the Lord (1 Samuel 7:2–4). Samuel gathered the people at Mizpah where they confessed their sin, and Samuel offered a sacrifice on their behalf (v 5–9).
The nation experienced revival and was able to defeat the attacking Philistines through God's deliverance. "That day the LORD thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites” (v 10).