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 (3/29/15) entitled, "Lord of All" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Mark 11:12-25):
When Jesus cleansed the temple He proved once again that He is Lord of the temple. The apostle Paul told the Corinthians, and us, that we are now God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in us. If you know anything about the history of the temple and the tabernacle of the Old Testament, that should leave you breathless.
Just as zeal for His Father's house consumed Jesus then, so zeal for our temples is of most importance to Him today. Let's stop even now and thank Him once again that He truly cleansed us, inside out. There is no condemnation or judgment for us because we have been cleansed by the precious blood of the Lord of the temple. Jesus is the only one who can cleanse a polluted temple. Then, and today.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (3/22/15) entitled, "Love Expressed" by Pastor Tom Holliday (John 13:1-20):
It is hard for us to grasp how radical Jesus' act of washing the disciples feet was at the time and culture of the day. Aside from the fact that this was the Lord of Glory, the one who created the heavens and the earth, lowering himself (physically) to serve his students/disciples, church history offers this additional insight:
''Most footwashing in the ancient world was a menial task. It Involved washing off not just dust and mud but also the remains of human excrement which was tipped out of houses into the streets and animal waste which was left on country roads in town streets. The task of doing this as an active hospitality to honor guests was therefore normally assigned to slaves or servants of low status, particularly females, so much so that footwashing was virtually synonymous with slavery… What makes the fourth Gospel's account so extraordinary is that there is no parallel in extant ancient literature for a person of superior status voluntarily washing the feet of someone of inferior status, Jesus' act therefore represents an assault on the usual notions of social hierarchy, a subversion of the normal categories of honor and shame… it is not just an honored teacher who is performing a shameful act but a divine figure with sovereignty over the cosmos who has taken on this role.'' Leon Morris
We would all do well to ponder His teaching and example, once again. Perhaps it will help transform our worship this Sunday.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (3/1/15) entitled, "Making Commitments" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Nehemiah 10:28-39:
It has been said that the last thing to be converted in the life of a Christian is the wallet. I suppose that for many people this is true. Is it not ironic that though a person is willing and ready to trust their soul to God for eternity that they cannot trust him with their money for a few decades on this earth.
In Nehemiah's day, the Israelites responded with their whole heart and soul in giving/trusting God with their money after they experienced revival. There in is the key – their hearts needed to be full of gospel joy and love before they would part with that which was so precious to them.
It's no different in our day. When the gospel becomes a reality in our lives, we experience a growing faith and generosity in our giving. God gave us more than a commandment, to give. He gave us His Son. So, we give, because He gave.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (3/15/15) entitled, "Gospel Renewal Never Ends" by Pastor Chris Sicks (Nehemiah 13:1-22):
We are promise-breakers, like the people in Jerusalem 2500 years ago. But Jesus is the covenant-maker, -keeper, and -restorer. It is the love of Christ that leads us to repentance. (Romans 2:4) We also need the Spirit to show us where enemies like Tobiah have taken up residence in our hears. And we need our friends to help us kick Tobiah out.
Who is on your temple-cleansing team? Are you asking the Spirit to show you what is hidden in your heart? Are you sharing those things with people you trust, and asking them to help you? This week, I pray for the ongoing gospel renewal of your heart, so you may serve Christ and others with freedom and gladness!
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (2/22/15) entitled, "Confession is Good for the Soul" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Nehemiah 9:1-3, 9-21, 26-31):
Martin Luther defined repentance as despairing of our own righteousness and trusting boldly in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. This definition gets us thinking. What do I find myself despairing about in my life? My sin? That is a sure sign that we are growing in our Christian walk if indeed this is true.
However, isn't it true that often times we despair over so many other things more than our sin, itself? There are so many things that happen in our life, day by day, that leave us anxious and frustrated -- can we say despairing? A sure sign that we are despairing of our sin and not over other things is the joy that accompanies our repentance when we are despairing of our own righteousness and trusting boldly in Christ's righteousness.
There is a joy and peace that comes as a gift from the Holy Spirit as we practice true repentance. May God help each of us to grow and walk in faith and repentance.