David Landrith, who led Long Hollow Baptist Church to be the first Tennessee church to baptize 1,000 people in a year, died of cancer early this morning (Nov. 18).
Landrith, 51, battled a rare form of cancer, colorectal melanoma, diagnosed in March 2013. He had been pastor of the Hendersonville church in the Nashville area church since 1997.
In a sermon shortly after his diagnosis, Landrith had stated, “As I thought about what was going on, though, it really came to me again that I have preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ now for 25 years and I have shared with people this world is not our home, we’re not going to be here forever, we’re going to have this beautiful experience of living with the Lord forever and ever in eternity, and I just said, ‘You know what? I’ve got to hold on to all of those things that I know are true and that I’ve shared with others for so many years.'”
Landrith continued, “I’m going to pray, I’m going to fight, I’m not going to give up, I’m going to seek all the medical help we can find, but more than anything else I want to bring glory to Jesus as I walk through this, and I would ask your prayers for me as I go through it.”
His battle with cancer was widely regarded as courageous during the course of several surgeries and clinical trial medicines when the cancer continued to spread through his body, including his lungs and brain.
“I’m absolutely convinced that God will work this for good,” Landrith said in a subsequent sermon posted at Long Hollow Baptist Church’s website, http://www.longhollow.com. “It’s not theoretical,” he said, voicing his conviction “by faith” that “I’m actually convinced now by experience.”
He referenced Romans 8:28 — “… we know that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” — and noted, “It doesn’t mean that all in our life is going to be good. It just means that God can take — because He’s sovereign, because He ordains the beginning and the end and nothing catches Him off-guard — He can take all of these things that we face in a broken, fallen world, and He can bring things out of it that advance the Kingdom and bring glory to Himself.
“And it may be that God has called me to be healed, and people will glorify His name. It may be that God has called me to die. … It may not be realized until after I’m gone. But I am absolutely convinced of the truth of Romans 8:28, that all the things that we’re experiencing as Christ-followers, as we respond and walk with Him, that He can bring and work good out of each and every one of those situations.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press