What It Means To Be A Saint

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 […]

Practicing the Presence of God

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. […]

God’s Answer For Your Anxiety

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 […]

Don’t Let It Stress You Out!

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 […]

Notes from Sunday – 11/15/09

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 […]

Notes from Sunday – 09/13/09

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 […]

The Hymn of Christ

THE HYMN OF CHRISTPhilippians 2:5-11 Philippians 2:5-11 is called THE HYMN OF CHRIST, because scholars tell us that this passage records an actual hymn that was sung in worship by the early church. Contextually, Philippians 2 is a call to spiritual unity. In verses 1-4, Paul says, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, […]

The Gift of Suffering

This past Sunday, I concluded my study of Philippians chapter 1 with a message on verses 29-30, entitled, “The Gift of Suffering.” Here is the sermon skeleton: TITLE: “The Gift of Suffering” TEXT: Philippians 1:29-30 SERIES: PHILIPPIANS: PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL THEME: The gift of suffering POINT: Christian suffering is a gift from God to […]

The Service Driven life

This Sunday, I continued by study of the book of Philippians with a message on chapter 1, verses 22-26. Here is the sermon skeleton: Philippians 1:22-26 is the final portion of Paul’s report to the Philippians about his personal circumstances and missionary work. In verses 12-18, Paul looks back and remembers what the Lord had […]