Isaiah 9 is a well known Bible passage generally believed to be prophesying the coming Savior. But what are the themes of light and joy are very dominant in the passage? Pastor Jim provides some insight in Sunday’s sermon.
Now just what could make St Paul ooze, as it were, with emotion and longing for a group of people he had only spent two or three weeks, maybe four, with? What could be so special about people? That is the subject of Jim’s sermon from 1 Thessalonians.
Ever notice in a family how some children readily respond positively to parents’ wishes or directives, and other are a bit [or a lot] less responsive? And have you ever noticed- or experienced -that the obedient child can be castigated by the others for being to good? Jim Scullion pointed out a similar situation from 1 Thessalonians 2 where St Paul tries to encourage the relatively new believers in Thessalonica.
In 1 Thessalonians, St Paul defends his ministry to the Thessalonians. Can we defend our service or ministry in the same way?
Jim Scullion continues his series in 1 Thessalonians on just what is true “Gospel Church”.
We can gain perspective on what a ‘true church’ is by looking at how St Paul addresses the church in Thessalonica. This church was really, really young, yet St Paul suggests that they are a true church.
The sermon title is a good question, don’t you think? People make all kinds of claims about what they have done, how wonderful they are, and to what group they belong. So how do we know who real Christian is? How do we know we are true Christians if we claim we are? Is it possible do be self-deluded? Jim Scullion suggests the answer can be found in St Paul’s letter to the Philippines chapter 3.
Scripture talks of “repentance” quite frequently. But exactly, what does it mean to really “repent”? Jim Scullion takes a look at this question from the story in 1 Samuel 3. It is instructive. Listen…