• W. Austin Gardner

The church, a sleeping giant



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Well, I wish I had more time, but let me say this: you are a gifted child. God doesn’t want you just to sit in Bellevue. And, your life is going to be meaningless, to a degree, until you discover your spiritual gift. It is said that Napoleon, one time, looked at China on a map. And, this angel of war, Napoleon, took his pointer and pointed toward China, that vast area with its hordes of people. And, Napoleon said, “Gentlemen, there lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep, for if he awakens, he will disturb the world. Let him sleep.” I believe that the devil looks at Bellevue Baptist Church, and he says to his demons, “There’s a sleeping giant. Let it sleep, because if it ever really stirs, it’s going to turn Memphis upside down.” God has given you a spiritual gift, and the only way you can discover your spiritual gift is to have it, and the only way you can have it is to be saved; and the only way you can be saved is to put your faith in Jesus Christ.


Adrian Rogers, “You Are a Gifted Child,” in Adrian Rogers Sermon Archive (Signal Hill, CA: Rogers Family Trust, 2017), 1 Co 12:1–12.

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