Pastor Mark points out that the best way to determine what God wants to do in the future is to determine where we see him at work in the present. He encourages us to follow the example of Jesus, who did what he saw his Father doing. He lists several ways God is working at St. Paul's at the present time.
Pastor Mark uses a famous sermon by Charles Swindoll as a launching pad for a message designed specifically for the St. Paul's Congregation. Just as we take time to wrap the gifts for our loved ones, God presents his "indescribable" gift, wrapped in prophecy, history, and mystery.
Pastor Mark encourages the St. Paul's Congregation to experience Holy Wonder. The common element in the birth of both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ is the emotional response arounsed by something which was awe-inspiring, astounding and marvelous. The sermon gives practical suggestions for experiencing Holy Wonder during the Advent Season, and also reveals the fruits of Holy Wonder in our lives.
This Psalm answers a common question asked around Thanksgiving Time. "How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?" The answer leads us back to several acts of worship, which Pastor Mark ties in to the testimonies given for 3 believer baptisms.
Pastor Mark compares Philippians 2:5-11 with Revelation 5. When Jesus proves himself worthy to open the scroll, all of nature worships him, and he receives the glory prophesied in Philippians 2:9-11. We also, should give him all the glory today, in anticipation of these thrilling events.
During the 40 Days of Community, the focus is on how we accomplish all five purposes for the church better together. So far in this series, we have talked about 1) how we reach out better together, and how 2) we fellowship better together. Today's sermon is based on how to help each other grow (discipleship).
Pastor Mark notes examples in the book of Philippians of Paul helping the Philippains to grow. He then zeros in on one of the most important ways Paul helps people to grow: by pointing them toward Jesus Christ.
Pastor Mark preaches from one of his favorite passages, dealing with the humiliation and exhaltation of Christ. The aim of this message is to enhance unity in families, businesses. churches, and the world.