God's church began in the Old Testament. There we see Him choosing a people and calling them to Himself.
It is fitting that Grace Pres. began in the old Jewish Center. It is in the Old Testament that the coming Christ of God is first revealed, and men were saved because they believed in the One to come.
The faith of the New Testament church is based on the revealed word of God.
As we have seen, our practices in worship and system of church government are based on the Apostolic Church, as nearly as we can perceive her, outlined in the book of Acts and the epistles of Paul, Peter, John, James and the rest.
But we are Israel, grafted onto the Old Testament church, which God established from ancient times.
In many churches across the land in our day, the Word of God is no longer being preached. What is heard instead are the words of Pelagius, the words of James Arminius, the words of Charles Finney, the words of Karl Barth.
Lies are being proclaimed, from the father of lies. It is no wonder that church attendance is dropping like a rock, when such God-dishonoring rubbish is spewed forth from the pulpits.
It is our prayer that this story might prove encouraging to its readers. Let the defects of the author be overlooked and let the reader be inspired by this tale of a people who remained true to God's holy, inerrant, infallible Word. In spite of their flaws, their weaknesses, they hungered for every word which proceedeth from the mouth of God.
We are their heirs and successors. May we remain faithful, as they did, to the legacy of scripture. May we cling to His word, His truth, His salvation as the only rule of our faith.
This is our prayer.