What It Means To Be A Saint

Posted by on Feb 2, 2010 in Philippians, Sermon Manuscripts | 4 comments

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SAINTPhilippians 4:20-23 There is much confusion about what it means to be a saint. Of course, sainthood is misunderstood among the unsaved, unchurched, and uninitiated in biblical truth. But many who claim the name of Jesus do not understand sainthood, either. If given an essay requiring a formal definition of the term “saint,” some of us would fail. But that’s not important. What is important is that some of us do not...

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Practicing the Presence of God

Posted by on Dec 28, 2009 in Philippians, Sermon Manuscripts | 3 comments

Philippians 4:7 is a promise of peace. It promises that God’s peace will guard the heart and mind of the believer who prays instead of worrying. Philippians 4:9 is also a promise of peace. It promises that the God of peace himself will be with the believer who lives out the teachings of our faith. The tension between these two promises is the burden of this message. Both of these verses promise God’s peace. Verse 7 promises the peace of God....

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God’s Answer For Your Anxiety

Posted by on Dec 22, 2009 in Philippians, Sermon Manuscripts | 1 comment

Philippians 4:1-9 is a call to Christian steadfastness. Verse 1 exhorts the church to “stand firm in the Lord.” The next eight verses teach practical steps that lead to the steadfastness of faith verse 1 calls for. Our text is a part of this inspired strategy for Christian stability. It begins with a command: “Do not be anxious about anything.” The term anxious means “to deeply care about something or someone.” It can refer to proper or...

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Don’t Let It Stress You Out!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in Philippians, Sermon Manuscripts | 3 comments

In his book Spiritual Burnout, MALCOLM SMITH writes of taking a walk one morning in the Catskill Mountains of New York. As he rested near an algae-covered pool, he was treated to an incredible sight. Mosquitoes danced near the surface of the water. Dragonflies darted between the reeds. Then his attention was captured by a frog sunbathing on a partially submerged rock out in the center of the pool. Something was happening to the frog. Before his...

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Notes from Sunday – 11/15/09

Posted by on Nov 15, 2009 in Notes from Sunday, Philippians | 2 comments

Praise God for another Lord’s Day in worship at the Shiloh Baptist Church. I taught my New Members Class for the first time in two weeks. It was good to be back in the saddle again. Thank Deacon Brinkley for filling in. The choir sung one of my favorite Thompson Community Singers songs this morning – “I Tried Him And I Know Him.” (Does anyone remember all the great “Tommies” songs that Kim McFarland led?). It was very encouraging. I...

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Notes from Sunday – 09/13/09

Posted by on Sep 14, 2009 in Notes from Sunday, Philippians | 0 comments

Thank God for another Lord’s Day at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church. Saturday morning, I spoke at our monthly men’s prayer breakfast for the first time. I taught on “What Every Man Needs to Know about Temptation” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13). I enjoyed the time with the brothers of SMBC. And I look forward to next month’s breakfast. In my new members class, I taught on “Why the Church?” I was not able to...

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