As a follow-up to the worship message each Sunday, Pastor Tom (or whoever preached that Sunday) jots down some additional thoughts for us to ponder. We hope these thoughts enrich your time as you meditate on Sunday's message and on God's Word.
*Sermon Afterthoughts from December 2010 through June 2012 can be found on our Facebook page in the Notes section.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (11/1/15) entitled, "Simplicity in Leadership" by Pastor Tom Holliday (1 Timothy 1:1-7):
''The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.’’ ( 1 Timothy 1:6)
Leadership has everything to do with character. The apostle Paul is clear that our ability to love is dependent upon our character. A pure heart. A good conscience. A sincere faith. This no doubt explains why in the third chapter of this epistle the apostle lays out the qualifications for a spiritual leader as he does. Of all of the qualifications he lists, they all pertain to character except one – the ability to teach. In other words, who we are speaks louder then our gifts.
The spiritual leader is one who lives as one who is forgiven, whose conscience is cleansed by the blood of Jesus, and is growing in faith. Viewed from this perspective, we can speak of the simplicity of leadership. There is more that we can say in terms of what is required of leadership, but without these character traits, there is no true leadership. This is the aim of the charge. Love. And this is what is required to love.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (10/4/15) entitled, "Simplicity of Daily Bread" by Pastor Chris Sicks (John 6:5-18):
What do you hunger for? For security, for affirmation, for success?
What do you feed on during the week, trying to fill that emptiness inside? What does your mind meditate on. What do your eyes gaze upon, trying to satisfy your thirst?
Those other things that we run to with our hunger just leave us more empty and more thirsty, don’t they? Are you tired of that yet? Ready for something better?
Jesus says to you:
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live” (Isaiah 55)
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (9/6/15) entitled, "The Kindness and Severity of God" by Pastor Chris Sicks (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-50):
Three follow up thoughts about the urgency and experience of telling others the Good News:
Embarrassment and disbelief in God’s power can impede our evangelism. But, as Paul wrote, "I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)
When we talk to people about Jesus, some will laugh at us, but others will believe. Their response depends on God’s work in their hearts. Notice how people responded differently to Paul: "Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, 'We will hear you again about this.' So Paul went out from their midst. But some men joined him and believed…” (Acts 17:32-34)
Pray with me, and for me, that I would feel urgency in my bones, like the weeping prophet Jeremiah: "If I say, 'I will not mention Him, or speak any more in His name,' there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:9)
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (8/30/15) entitled, "Great Treasure, Great Joy" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Matthew 13:44-46):
The parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price fascinate me. They also challenge me. I wonder — has my heart ever truly been captured by this kind of treasure? These parables draw me in an irresistible way.
We were created to long for treasure like this, yet because of our fearful hearts and disappointments along the way, sometimes we struggle believing that the treasure Jesus speaks up is available to us.
Jesus is emphatic: there is treasure to be found, there is a price to pay, and there is joy to experience.
My prayer for my own heart and yours: "Lord, open the eyes of my heart to see the true value of this treasure, to sell whatever dims the value of this treasure, so that I may experience the joy that comes from knowing there is no other place to dig for treasure."
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (8/23/15) entitled, "Kingdom Fruit" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23):
The kingdom of God is working its way into the hearts of God’s people as well as working its way out into our world. Jesus said that the kingdom of God is like a little mustard seed, so small, yet grows until it becomes a very tall tree. The apostle Paul said that, ''all over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and increasing as it also does among you, since the day that you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.’'
May the gospel be taking root more and more in our own hearts and minds, and having the leavening effect in our homes, communities, city, and world.