Pastor Shade’s Naval Academy Memorial Sermon

Pastor Shade was honored to preach at the memorial service for fallen classmates during his 35th Naval Academy Reunion, class of 1979, in Annapolis, MD.  A full transcript of the sermon is below. Pastor Burke Shade: We’ve all heard before what is commonly called the gospel, the good news being the proclamation of forgiveness of our sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the receiving of that forgiveness through faith in Jesus. Acts 16.31 is a good example of what I’m speaking about. When the Philippian jailor asked the Apostle Paul “what must I do to be saved,” Paul answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, you and your family.” It is good news, no doubt, that there is forgiveness for man’s sins outside of himself, by faith in Jesus Christ. But that news, salvation by faith, is not really new in the biblical story. It’s not really “new” when Jesus comes in history, when the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, takes on human flesh. In fact, way back in Genesis, when the world was young, Abraham was saved by faith. It says about him in Genesis 15.6, after God had showed him the stars at night and told him that his descendants would be greater than them in number, it says that he “believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” Abraham was justified by faith! Indeed, the Apostle Paul uses Abraham as the example of faith in Romans 4. So what’s new in the gospel? What is new about the good news?...