March 8 2017

Be the Light!

I began this sermon with a short story.  Unfortunately, I'm beginning to realize that I'm not a comedian...and this kind of fell flat!   

 

One night a motorist was run down by a train at a grade crossing. The old signal man in charge of the crossing had to appear in court. After a severe cross-examination, he was still unshaken. He said he had waved his lantern frantically, but all to no avail. The following day the superintendent of the line called him into his office. "You did wonderfully well yesterday, Tom," he said. "I was afraid at first that you might waver." "No, sir," replied Tom, "but I was afraid that old lawyer was going to ask me whether or not my lantern was lit!"—Sunday School Times. 

The point?   A light is useless if it's not lit.    Are we showing our lights to the world?      

Let's look at Philippians 2.   

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March 2 2017

Together for Christ

Last summer I was talking with another pastor.   We were talking about our respective churches.   Did you guys know that pastors do that?  We like to talk!    We were discussing some of the things going on…some of the activities…some of the ministries we have going.   And he made an interesting comment….He said he wanted people in his church to be part of his church…..

  • Not because their names were on the membership roll…
  • Not because they were born a part of it and grew up in it…..
  • Not because they were part of that denomination…..
  • Not because they liked the music…
  • Not because they liked the preaching, even….

The reason he wanted people to be a part of his church….was because they wanted to be part of the PEOPLE of that church.   

I think that’s what the world craves today—they want to be part of something that is REAL.   I think people are tired of playing games…tired of going through the motions…tired of just putting on a front to impress others.   

Guys..if that’s what church is all about to you….I think we have the wrong idea.    We come to church because we’re part of the family of God.     And a family should love each other,  enjoy spending time with each other….and be united.   

Today…we see the apostle Paul expounding on that idea.   Today….he talks about being united in the Gospel…united as the family of God.  

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