My 9/17/17AM sermon, Spiritual Life (1) out of Galatians 6:1-5, is now online. This sermon really showed what “Spirit”ual people do. That is, there are people who are characterized by walking with, living by, being led by, and marching with the Holy Spirit. These people, marching to the beat of His drum, fight the pride in their own lives so that they can bear the burdens of others and restore those who are fallen. Unfortunately, too many who claim to be believers are showing their allegiance to themselves rather than the Holy Spirit. So, this sermon sought to show what being led by the Spirit looked like in action. I hope it encourages you.
Packer is speaking of the year 1908 when some missionaries in Manchuria wrote home as follows:
“A power has come into the church that we cannot control if we would. It is a miracle for solid, self-righteous John Chinaman to go out of his way to confess to sins that no torture of the Yamen could force from him; for a Chinaman to demean himself to weep and ask for the prayers of his fellow-believers is beyond all human explanation.
Perhaps you will say it’s a sort of religious hysteria.
So did some of us… But here we are, about sixty Scottish and Irish Presbyterians who have seen it — all shades of temperament — and, much as many of us shrank from it at first, every one who has seen and heard what we have, every day last week, is certain there is only one explanation…that it is God’s Holy Spirit manifesting Himself… One clause of the Creed that lives before us now in all its inevitable, awful solemnity is, ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit.'”
Last Sunday, in Galatians 5, we were called to walk, be led by, live, and march by the Spirit. Will you do this today?
My 9/10/17AM sermon, By The Spirit from Galatians 5:16-26, is now online. This sermon got at the secret to how believers change (or the secret to their lives): the Holy Spirit. Four times in these verses we’re directed to the walk, be led, live, and march by the Spirit. So, I tried to unpack this to give people hope for living. I hope it encourages you.
Like many I’ve been thinking about the recent Hurricane Harvey and now the approach of Hurricane Irma into Florida. I loved hearing John Piper’s hopeful Prayer in the Path of Hurricanes and appreciated the way he ended praying through Romans 8:38-39. Nothing can separate you from the love that God has for you in Christ Jesus. No loss, no suffering, no impending hurricane, no recovery effort, no seemingly hopeless situation. Let’s all look to God and see the hope we have in Christ Jesus (and continue to pray for these things happening in our country).
I’m amazed at how often we (as the church) forget to be about the most basic of things. We’ve been given clear work to do until the Lord returns. Well, this upcoming season will be encouraging to Crestview as Luke will be teaching the book of Acts. This course is subtitled, “The Certainty of the Church’s Commission.” Luke will use his expertise and wisdom to help connect us back to God’s heart for us as a people. Plan to join us, starting this Sunday, September 10, at 9AM.
My 9/3/17AM sermon, Freed To Serve from Galatians 5:13-15, is now online. This sermon continued our journey in the Galatians series. Paul has been showing that there is no other gospel than the good news found in Jesus. This week’s sermon pried into the aim of our freedom in Christ: to serve others. So, I hope it provokes this kind of service to others and helps show you what God intends for you. We also spent some time praying for the effects of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you enjoyed the Labor Day holiday as well.
Today is September 3, 2017, a day the President declared a national day of prayer. Using some recommendations from Clear Creek Community Church as well as Jeff Medders, I handed out the following prayer points to assist those who want to help victims through prayer:
Prayers for Hurricane Harvey (Day of Prayer, 9/3/17)
- Pray for their feelings of hopelessness, stress, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
- Pray that God would provide a safe place to stay while they are displaced from their homes
- Pray for parents as they try to manage and protect kids while dealing with all the trauma that accompanies this disaster
- Pray that their faith would be strengthened and not weakened; that the Holy Spirit would bolster their faith in the midst of this disaster
- Pray for safe, reliable transportation to work and places they need to go
- Pray for good and honest contractors to work with victims during rebuilding
- Pray for efficient and honorable insurance companies and adjusters
- Pray for wisdom and endurance for community leaders (first responders, government officials, nonprofit leaders, etc.)
- Pray for useful, reliable, and skilled out of town/state helpers
- Pray for schools and teachers as they try to help students focus and return to the new school year that was interrupted
- Pray for doctors and hospitals who are trying to serve patients with potentially limited resources and road access
- Pray that the cleanup time is surprisingly faster than expected because of all the people helping
- Pray for clarity and strategic organization for church leaders as they manage volunteers and prioritize needs
- Pray for discernment, proactivity, and sensitivity by church people with hurricane victims
- Pray for safety for victims and volunteers as they clear out hazardous areas
- Pray that “survivor’s guilt” doesn’t paralyze people who can be using the blessing of not flooding to focus on helping others
- Pray God uses this catastrophe to show up big and change hearts through his people
- Pray for stress and complications that come from housing/helping displaced friends and family
- Pray that church people wouldn’t grow weary in doing good
My 8/27/17AM sermon, Keep Running Well from Galatians 5:7-12, is now online. This sermon continued exploring Paul’s theme that there is no other Gospel other than the good news found in Jesus. And, this particular sermon showed how we keep running well. We run well by avoiding anti-gospel influences. I hope this sermon encourages you.