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.
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 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.”
For some of us, the Sabbath itself is in need of being restored, while others are able to extend restoration to others through the Sabbath. Pastor Matt speaks to both these situations in the final part of the series.
Where in our lives do we experience salvation in a direct way? Pastor Matt suggests that the practice of Sabbath keeping is one way that – by God’s grace – we can regularly experience and be reminded of our salvation in Christ.
Pastor Matt spoke today of the spiritual discipline of Sabbath keeping. He told us that God’s activity in creation is a pattern for humans to follow in life – work and rest. Matt explained that the Sabbath was made to benefit people, but Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about why and how we know we belong to God. He told us we belong because of what Jesus did for us and we know this if we proclaim Jesus is Lord. Matt further explained, “You belong because God has come in your midst and Jesus has given you the Holy Spirit.”
Pastor Matt, this Sunday, explained what it means to be “Born of God.” He told us that all who believe that Jesus is the Messiah (or the Christ) are born of God. Matt said, “We know that we love the children of God by loving God.”… and vise versa.