Rev. Charles Johnson, Pastor of First Friendship Baptist Church in Nuchols, SC preached the ordination sermon for his sister, Minister Catherine Johnson Huskerson at Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, November 27, 2011.
Rev. Louis G. Jones, Pastor of Gravel Hill and the Congregation authorized the ordination of Minister Huskerson because she has proven herself ready to take on additional ministerial duties that are usually set aside for ordained ministers.
Pastor Johnson told the congregation he wasn’t preaching to them but to his sister “Kitty” as she is affectionately called.
Using only one scripture, he used as a subject: “A Dangerous Assignment.”
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16)
Jesus likened preachers to sheep and the people of the church to wolves. Pastor Johnson said it would be a difficult task dealing with some people in the church. Kitty would be a sheep among wolves. Wolves are not friends of sheep. Wolves are carnivious who eat meat. Wolves would eat sheep alive. Wolves hide during the day and sneak up on sheep whenever they can.
Jesus said to be wise because everybody who grins in your face is not for you. Being wise means knowing when to say, “No.” Johnny Cash said it well when he said, “know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.”
It’s a dangerous assignment to put up with some stuff in the church. The church is overstocked with counterfeit preachers. An emotional prayer from a person does not mean he is ready to preach the gospel.
Pastor Johnson continued preaching to Kitty by saying, “Sheep are humble. They don’t argue and they don’t fight. Jesus said, ‘My sheep know my voice.'”
It’s a dangerous assignment. Kitty, you are an ambassador for Christ having the mind of Christ. Sometimes though you will feel like giving up, but preach on, Sister!
You have been called by a higher power.
You have been commissioned by the Holy Spirit.
The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, so preach on!
You will have some good days.
You will have some bad days.
You will have some mountains to climb.
Keep on keeping on!
It’s a dangerous assignment…but God is with you!
Congratulations, Reverend Catherine J. Huskerson!