This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson spoke about praying by using an acrostic format such as Psalm 145. Acrostic, according to the American Heritage Dictionary means: A poem or series of lines in which certain letters, usually the first in each line, form a name or message. Matt explained that there are several ways Psalm 145 trains us in prayer. In the next three weeks, Matt will speak about some other tools to use to help us pray.
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Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about using the psalms to help us pray. Since Psalm 3 comes out of David’s life experience with his enemies, Pastor Matt gave the congregation 6 steps for praying to God to move our hearts to love our enemies.
Today Pastor Matt Johnson spoke about Psalm 2 as the second part of the pre-prayer. He talked about the “nations” experiencing the rule of God as bondage. They want to be in control – but God laughs because we already have a ruler, a king, in Jesus.
Pastor Matt Johnson preached an introductory sermon on the Psalms this Sunday. He told the congregation that the Psalms are an excellent resource for learning to pray. The Psalms remind us that God really wants to bless us and they keep us rooted in God’s Word.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about our struggle against the powers of this dark world (Eph. 6:12). Pastor Matt explained these powers, or institutions; created by society are of God. However, just like people who are fallen because of sin, so are these powers. None-the-less, Matt told us, we can confront these powers by acknowledging the power of God above all social structures.
The Reverend John Harland spoke today about putting on the armor of God to protect us against present day evil. He emphasized that reading the Bible and prayer are two important ways the Spirit works to protect us.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke this Sunday about wisdom being a skill for real life gained through actual experience. However, Matt also explained that wisdom has also been granted to the church through the Spirit. He said the church should be open to the Spirit of God filling them up.
Bob and Jan Irish describe their experiences as PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1989 to 1993 and how God provided for them.
Pastor Matt explained that Paul spoke about putting off the old life and putting on the new life with Christ. Matt said the key to spiritual growth is focusing on this bigger picture. Attend to the lives of others and keep our eyes on Christ. Then we will be worthy of our calling.
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson explained that the main emphasis in “our calling” is to lives worthy of God’s grace, through our character, unity of spirit and the bond of peace. This is the calling we share with the body of Christ (or Christians) all over our world.
Reverend John Harland spoke today about Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians. Paul prayed that Christ would bring them peace, strength and comfort through the Holy Spirit. John believes that Christ and Paul pray for us today to be a force of change in our troubled world.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about how God brought the Jewish people and the Gentile people together as one people through Jesus’ resurrection. They were reconciled to be a new creation because of Christ’s love. Matt explained that we (as Christians) need to continue to follow Christ’s example of unity and love by building relationships with other people and other churches.
Pastor Matt spoke to the congregation today about our extraordinary, cosmic, Christ in whom we are united with God’s people. He also spoke about our predestination, or God choosing people before he even created the earth. Matt suggested we need Ephesians this summer (only 6 chapters) because that is the book he will be preaching on from the Lectionary.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about connecting with Jesus and considering our individual calling, as the disciples did. Matt explained a 5 point model of discipleship that lead the disciples to follow Jesus. He suggested we use this model in our lives to grow in faith.
Pastor Matt told the congregation that Jesus’ acknowledging this poor, frightened, unclean woman reminds us not to be afraid but just believe in the power of Jesus. “Not everyone can be healed but everyone is welcome in Jesus’ presence”, Matt said. When Jesus returns all will be healed and this is “the hope to the Christian Community, for all who are in Christ.”