In this handwritten outline for a sermon he delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, King emphasizes the importance of beginning life with Christ: “When you start with Christ you go the second mile; you give a cup of cold water; you stop on the [Jericho] road and help your brother; and you even love your enemies.”1
I can hear you asking now what is it. Is it your econic security, no
My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
When darkness seems to hide his face I rest on his unchanging grace; In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds with-in the veil.—On Christ7
1. The 21 December 1958 Dexter program indicates King preached “Christ, Our Starting Point.” He also wrote “Preached at Dexter Dec. 21, 1958” on the file folder containing this sermon.
2. “Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” King wrote this biblical citation in a second pen.
3. King may be referring to John 10:36-38: “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.”
4. King wrote this sentence in a second pen.
5. Cf. Matthew 5:41, 10:42; Luke 10:25-37; and Matthew 5:44.
6. Cf. Malachi 3:6.
7. King quotes Edward Mote's hymn “My Hope Is Built” (1834). He added this entire reference to the hymn in a second pen.
CSKC-INP, Coretta Scott King Collection, In Private Hands, Sermon file, folder 94, "Christ, Our Starting Point."