Solders indeed? Yes, we cannot serve the Lord without meeting with opposition and trouble. There are too many Christians who say that they are solders in the army of Christ, and in a spiritual war, but who never took up the sword to fight. You cannot see that they give a blow to the enemy or that they receive one from it. Too many are solders only in wordsâ€¦
The Great Teacher. It is true, in the Christian life there is a place for trouble and suffering, but God is comforting His people. Only in God we have comfort, not in pleasures, dictractions or pursuing wordly ends. And God brings us through hard experiences as ministers of the Gospel, so to equip us to help and comfort others who are going through the same hard times.
Burden. Blessed and encouraging message: there is a place in Christian life and Christian ministry for stress and worry, because of our burden for the Church and for the unconverted. The knowledge and understanding of this gives us a healthy perspective on the ministry.
Great examples. A story of some people dedicated to the Lord and His service, whom we must follow as examples in faith and dedication. People who counted the Lord and His service as the most dear things in their lives.
Generosity. Blessed reminder of our responsibility before God to serve Him with our posessions. It is true, when God chenges our hearts, He touches our pockets also. We must remind ourselves that it is an honor to serve the advancement of God's Kingdom with our money and that we will be rewarded for our service.
Good study. Careful presentation of Paul's arguments, refuting the error of those who deny resurrection, showing the unreasonable consequence of their teaching. Very useful the warning of Paul: association with those who teach errors in such fundamental points makes us to compromise. Very useful the aplication of the preacher to present day realities.
Situation ethics vs God's Word. Situation ethics vs the Word of God. Who is deciding? God, through His Word, or human oppinion? Very tough the idea that we have not to seek earthly positions if this means loosing God's blessing. Courageous stand in the middle of some troublesome events.
Great sorrow. A moving message about the need for confession of sin and repentance. You can sense the sorrow of the preacher for the condition of FPC churches. The prayer at the end of the sermon is from the heart - may God answer it after His great mercy and grace!
Preaching the cross. The responsability of the preacher is to preach Christ and the cross. Preaching morality will not advance holiness, but the preaching of the cross will do it. Paul depended not in something inherent in him, but in God's power to assist his faithful preaching of the cross of Christ.
Call to separation. A call for separation from an apostate church and from sin, from a worldly spirit. A call to holiness of living, being ready to suffer reproach for God. With many examples from the preacher's life.
Great call. Blessed message about the seriousness of sin among the people of God and of God's response to that. A humble and sincere confessions of the failure of God's people to keep the standards of fidelity only to the Word of God and not trusting in other things - in this case, in politics. May God use this call to make it efficacious for all pastors and members of FPC to return to what they believed in the beginning, so that God may pour blessing upon the churches!
Light in the darkness of man. What great news regarding salvation in Christ is in the report preached, but the world believes not this message of liberating salvation. Only the arm of the Lord can give faith to believe this for our salvation.