Oh Happy Days! I recognized this church building the moment we pulled up. We played music here several years ago for an all day, outdoor festival. Another reminder of how the Body of Christ is beautifully woven together. Apparently, this was another God arranged visit.
The greeters, Zach and Lubna, were extremely hospitable to our team, inviting us downstairs for pre-service refreshments. I attempted to make my way downstairs, but never got there as I ran into several friends who were surprised and happy to see me. Lots of hugs, reunions and new friends. It was good to have arrived early for the 10:30 am service to allow time for fellowship. Church is not about the building, it’s all about the people; the body of Christ.
The praise and worship was exuberant and I was happy to see so many in the congregation singing, shaking tambourines and waving banners. The praise team consisted of a keyboard, a bass, an electric guitar, drums, several female vocalists and Pastor Justin Metcalf accompanying on his trumpet. Then a prayer of thanksgiving and healing segued into a time of heartfelt worship. They took the song “How Great is Our God” to a whole new level. Announcements and an offering followed with Pastor Justin beginning his message right around 11:30 am. The worship and prayers were so powerfully anointed that it just didn’t seem possible an hour had already slipped by. You know the old saying “Time always flies when you’re having fun”. We were definitely having fun.
The message was on the “Keys of the Kingdom”. Pastor Justin spoke about the importance of several biblical keys including the Key of our Mouth, the Key of Giving, the Key of Knowledge and the Key of a personal relationship with Christ. In (Matthew 16:15), Jesus asked His disciples, “but Who do YOU say that I am?” Each one of us could have a different answer to this critically important question. Our personal relationship with Christ is a powerful Key to the Kingdom. We need to understand fully, who we are in Christ and who He is in us. If we don’t have this revelation, we will never truly have full access to the Kingdom of God.
The Key of David was the focus of Pastor Justin’s message. “I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” (Isaiah 22:22) David discovered the key of worship and he knew how to access the heart of God. “These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” (Revelation 3:7) Worship greatly pleases God and gives us access to the things of God. Worshiping God in Spirit and truth is an act of love, so let’s turn that key and open a door that no man can shut! To be given the keys of the kingdom means to be given access to our Father. “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)
For years, this church has been a solid rock in the Capital Region. This month they will be celebrating 28 years of ministry. They’ve been busy using various Keys of the Kingdom including the Key of Giving. They partner with Project Nourish, an organization that helps improve the quality of life for those less fortunate. The bulk of their efforts in this regard are in Haiti where Solid Rock is involved with discipleship, building projects and feeding programs. They give locally in a variety of ways including free Thanksgiving meals to those who are in need. They also offer leadership empowerment meetings for those in leadership in all areas of life. Classes are held the last Saturday of every month @ 9:30 am (taking summers off). In addition, they have Bible study and prayer held on Tuesdays @ 12:15 pm and on Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm.
This dynamic message on the Keys of the Kingdom got me thinking about the greatest one of all; The Key of Love, (1 Corinthians 13:13). Christ’s love is the key to UNITY in the Body of Christ. God’s love is what binds us all together, and together we can unlock doors and see lives changed! Pastor Justin Metcalf is a “Key” man in the Kingdom of God. He will help you open doors in your life that need opening and shut others that need to be shut. Come discover your keys to a triumphant and powerful life. Come visit Solid Rock Church. God is waiting for you.
Church Website – www.facebook.com/The-Solid-Rock-Ministries-796870387086896
By Donna Hansen Munafo
(Contributing writer Michael Frati)