This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon was on self-pity. Pastor Matt told us that it’s O.K. to pray like Asaph prayed in Psalm 77. It’s O.K. to be honest with God. However, we need to then shift our thinking and remember “God’s Mighty Deeds” so we can shift from despair back to hope, as Asaph did.
This is the blog which contains the worship sermons for First Presbyterian Church McMinnville, Oregon done each Sunday at 9:30 am. This blog is posted to every Monday on a weekly basis.
Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon this Sunday was about living for God’s kingdom in this 21st century world. Pastor Matt said we need to remember there is just one true God and he wants to have a relationship with us. Matt also pointed out that we can live as an extension of God’s live in this hurting world.
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson focused on the importance of both individual and corporate confession. Pastor Matt told the congregation that we are forgiven because of God’s character. We are redeemed through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
This Sunday, Pastor Matt Johnson emphasized that in prayer God comes first. Pastor Matt told us that a certain phrase from Psalm 62 provides structures for our prayers. That phrase is: “My soul waits for God alone.” Matt reminded us to wait on God and put our trust in God because God alone is our refuge and strength.
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson sermon was about a transition out of disorientation into a new orientation. Matt told us that God’s people were changed forever after the resurrection, and brought closer to the Father. When people today recognize God in our midst and decide to follow God their lives are changed forever, from disorientation to orientation.
Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon today is about times when we feel forgotten by God. In Psalm 13 (a Psalm of lament), David felt forgotten. Matt tells us that life has ups and downs but we need to remember God’s character and have faith. God is strong enough to help us through “even the darkest times of life.”
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.
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.