Doctors thought it might have been leukemia, an explanation for the frequent bruising Grant began suffering just shy of his second birthday. His father, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines, told the story years later while preaching at Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
“Our little world was rocked. We’re sitting there with this healthy young boy and all of a sudden, he’s got to be tested for leukemia,” Gaines told hundreds gathered in worship days before the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Dallas.
“I couldn’t go to sleep. I started reading my Bible, and I came across these words in (Exodus) 14:13-14: ‘Do not fear. Stand and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today…. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., preached on Supernatural Christianity based on Acts 28:1-10.
His son Grant suffered from ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura), a bruising disorder that often corrects itself untreated.
“God gave me a promise, and I knew somehow, someway, God was going to pull him out,” Gaines said. Today Grant is 35 years old, Gaines said, and a pastor in Jackson, Tenn. “If you have a need, God has a promise. I love the promises of God.”
God’s promises, protection, power and provision are all supernatural, Gaines said.
“What was it in the early church that allowed them to reach their whole world in 30 years, from Acts 1 to Acts 28?” Gaines asked. “Three decades, and they had taken the Gospel all the way from Jerusalem to Rome. How did they do that? Are you ready for this?
“The supernatural power of God. They believed in a supernatural God, which to me is redundant,” Gaines said. “If he’s God, He’s supernatural. If he’s not supernatural, he’s not God.”
New and Old Testament Scripture from various translations augmented his sermon as he referenced several psalms and miracle accounts showcasing God’s promises, protection, power and provision.
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Source: Baptist Press