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Pastor JJ Sherwood preached this sermon on Philippians 1:18b-26 titled "Joyful Living & Dying."
Guest Preacher Kent Allen kicked off our March for Missions sermon series by proclaiming how the church needs to embrace missions and attack the enemy by standing against the three strongholds of suffering, false teaching, and lostness.
Jesus uses perfect storms to perfect our faith.
Ever since there have been people and sin in the world, people need security. For, the world is a dangerous place and we are a danger ourselves on account of our sin. So, we look for security, often beginning by looking to ourselves and other people. However, people cannot provide the ultimate security that we need, since people are transient, people change, and people have no control. Instead, the Scripture assure us that God alone is the source of ultimate security. God is uniquely able to provide the security we seek because God is eternal, unchanging, and sovereign. Therefore, go to God, your eternal dwelling place.
Hope isn't free, but it is unstoppable. This hope we receive is costly for us, but it's also costly for God. We don't have to force hope; hope will come as surely as the sunshine after the rain!
This is a passage of scripture rich in several spiritual practices: prayer, confession and submission to church leadership. How different would our lives, churches and nations be if we actually practiced the commands of this passage.
How much authority does God's word have over you? Suppose you have a regular physical check-up today. You undress yourself, so the doctor can examine your body. We give much authority to a doctor because we trust their knowledge, skill and experience. For some, God's word is powerful and uncovers everything. These people allow God's word to examine their soul and spirit. They uncover themselves before God's word. But for some, God's word is just the old saying and basically powerless. They hear it, but they don't understand. They see it, but they don't comprehend. They don't allow God's word to examine their heart and mind. How much authority do you give to God's word?
We often think of patience in terms of what is needed towards other people. But much of the patience God talks about in his word that we need is needed towards Him. This message looks at that challenge as well as some of the things James says we can do to develop more patience.