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Mar 17, 2019
“Fulfilling our Mission Together”
   This morning in our series on Paul’s letter to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi, we are looking at Philippians 1:27-30. Some Jewish Christians were insisting that the Gentile Christians also follow the Old Testament laws and practices in order to be fully Christian.    Paul encourages the Gentiles to stand firm in their trust in the grace of Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection alone and not allow themselves to be swayed by the beliefs of others.    He also shares how Christians are to relate to those from outside the church who are opposed to our mission or who are opposed to us because of our beliefs and stands on the morals issues of today.    If we are striving to have a spiritual impact on the lives of individuals and our culture, we should expect that it isn’t always going to be received well. How should we handle that push back?
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  • Mar 17, 2019“Fulfilling our Mission Together”
    Mar 17, 2019
    “Fulfilling our Mission Together”
       This morning in our series on Paul’s letter to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi, we are looking at Philippians 1:27-30. Some Jewish Christians were insisting that the Gentile Christians also follow the Old Testament laws and practices in order to be fully Christian.    Paul encourages the Gentiles to stand firm in their trust in the grace of Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection alone and not allow themselves to be swayed by the beliefs of others.    He also shares how Christians are to relate to those from outside the church who are opposed to our mission or who are opposed to us because of our beliefs and stands on the morals issues of today.    If we are striving to have a spiritual impact on the lives of individuals and our culture, we should expect that it isn’t always going to be received well. How should we handle that push back?
  • Mar 10, 2019“Behold, the Lamb of God”
    Mar 10, 2019
    “Behold, the Lamb of God”
    Series: (All)
       A Lenten Season reflection on the person of Jesus Christ and the theme of His sacrifice. For this purpose He was born! For this He prepared His disciples! And for this He will be celebrated for all eternity!    All of Scripture points to the cross and the perfect solution to the problem of sin in the world. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice, and still offers salvation to all who will receive. In this season, as we move towards the celebration of His victory over the grave, we want to know the Lamb of God!
  • Mar 3, 2019“Christian Death Benefits”
    Mar 3, 2019
    “Christian Death Benefits”
       Last week in our series on Paul’s letter to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi, we saw what he meant by the phrase “For to me, to live is Christ” in ch. 1:21. Today we’re looking at the second part of that verse “and to die is gain.”    We will address two things this does not mean as well as some false views about what happens to a person’s soul and spirit when we die. And we will see how death is indeed a gain and better by far for the follower of Christ.    We will be set free from all the limitations of this life and be in God’s intimate, loving presence for all eternity.
  • Feb 24, 2019“A Life of Purpose”
    Feb 24, 2019
    “A Life of Purpose”
       Two weeks ago in our series on Philippians we looked at a few lessons we can learn from how Paul dealt with his adversity. Not everything that happens to us is from God but God can bring some good out of everything that happens to us. One of those is that God will use our struggles to grow us in our relationship with Him and make us more like Him; more patient, more compassionate towards others, if we allow Him.    Today we’re looking at a few things that will enable us to live a life of purpose, meaning and fulfillment. One of those is that we need God’s presence and power to be working within us and through us. The second is that we need to live for a purpose beyond ourselves.    That purpose is “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We will look at what Paul means by this statement.
  • Feb 10, 2019“The Fruit of Adversity”
    Feb 10, 2019
    “The Fruit of Adversity”
       When Handel wrote the Hallelujah Chorus his right side had become paralyzed, he was heavily in debt, and threatened with imprisonment. It was then that he composed his greatest work, the Messiah.    Paul was in jail in Caesarea for two years then transported to Rome and was another two years under house arrest chained to a Roman soldier 24/7. He wrote his “Epistle of Joy” to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi during this time.    Both of these men are examples of how God can bring good out of the difficult times we go through in this life. He doesn’t cause our difficulties but He can use them to fulfill His purposes for our lives.        We will look at two specific good things that the Lord brought out of Paul’s house arrest and how He can bring them out of our difficulties as well.
  • Feb 3, 2019“Enjoying the People in your Life”
    Feb 3, 2019
    “Enjoying the People in your Life”
       Last week we began to look at the introduction of Paul’s letter to the Christians, the followers of Christ, in the city of Philippi in northern Greece. We saw how God calls each of us to be servants of Christ and saints in Christ. Biblically, every Christian is a saint in that our lives are to be set apart for God’s use of loving God, loving others, and making disciples.    Today we are looking at what Paul shares and how it can help us to enjoy the people in our lives and not allow them to rob us of our peace. There are a number of things that he prays for his fellow Christians that we can be praying, first for ourselves, and then for others. And we really do have it within us to love others as God loves us.
  • Jan 27, 2019“Set-Apart People”
    Jan 27, 2019
    “Set-Apart People”
       Our last message was an introduction to our series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. We first saw that the city of Philippi in northern Greece was a great commercial city, a Roman colony, and its importance militarily because of its location. We also saw how the church began from Acts ch. 16.    This morning we will look at the introduction of Paul’s letter to these followers of Christ. Paul introduces himself and Timothy as “servants” of Jesus Christ. If we are Christians, do we see ourselves as servants of God? Do we have a heart to love and serve God and others?    Paul then addresses each of the recipients of this letter as “saints” in Christ Jesus. We will look at what that word means biblically and how God calls every Christian to be a saint.
  • Jan 13, 2019“Philippian Beginnings”
    Jan 13, 2019
    “Philippian Beginnings”
       Today we are beginning a new message series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It has been called The Epistle (or letter) of Excellent Things and the Epistle of Joy. We will look at the city of Philippi in the Macedonia part of northern Greece and why it is important commercially and militarily.    We will see how Paul and his team are led by God’s Spirit, how they reach the local Jewish women, minister to a fortuneteller, are falsely accused, and illegally beaten and thrown into prison.        The gospel is then shared with the jailer and his family. We will end with looking at what we can learn from this beginning of the church in Philippi.
  • Jan 6, 2019“Expectations of Worship”
    Jan 6, 2019
    “Expectations of Worship”
    Series: (All)
       This morning we will be addressing a few expectations we should have as we gather as God’s people to worship Him. What do you expect to happen when you gather here to worship God through song or when you worship God privately? How would you end the statement, “When I worship God, I expect...”         If you are a regular attendee here, some of those expectations are found in what we pray together every Sunday as part of our Invitation to Worship: “God, I have come today to lift my heart and voice to bless you, to meet with you and to be blessed by you. Thank you for being here to meet with me.”    We will look at the Biblical support for the expectations in these two statements that the Lord desires for every follower of Christ to have as we worship God through song.
  • Dec 30, 2018“Is Anyone in Control?”
    Dec 30, 2018
    “Is Anyone in Control?”
    Series: (All)
       Dr. David Reid, our guest speaker this morning, was born and raised in Lowell and has been a lifelong evangelical. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology.    He served as a chaplain at the Boston State Mental Hospital for 5 years and for 6 years was the pastor of the Hill Memorial Baptist Church in Allston. He retired in 2016 after faithfully serving as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Reading for 38 years.    Together he and his wife Nancy have 5 sons and 9 grandchildren. He will be sharing on Jonah 1:4-17.    The world often seems like it’s out of control and that history is just a succession of random events. Not so! In the book of Jonah we discover that God is in charge, that He is sovereign and that His plan for history will prevail!