Sunday, June 3, 2018

June 3, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Farewell? | Philippians 4:21-23


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June 3, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Farewell? | Philippians 4:21-23

Farewell?
Philippians 4:21-23

     Would this be that letter of the Apostle Paul to the believers in Philippi? As the internal evidence shows, Paul is in conflicted as to weather or not he will be released from the prison system of Rome and continue his journey to Spain, back through Macedonia through Philippi and perhaps on to Asia, Galatia and finally Palestine and Jerusalem. History has kept this a distant possibility. One thing is clear, Paul has now written again to his beloved Philippian friends and urges them on in the struggle and adventure -- sharing the Good News with renewed joy. This is his theme to the Church in Philippi and to us all who continue to carry the banner of the message of good news of Christ.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

May 27, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Gift, Givers and The Great Giver | Philippians 4:10-20


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May 27, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Gift, Givers and The Great Giver | Philippians 4:10-20

Gifts, Givers and the Giver
Philippians 4:10-20

We live in a time when giving gifts is very common and giving support gifts to non-profit ministries is a huge part of that process. Our nation appreciates this generosity and gift dollars to be tax deductible. In Paul’s day, especially in the Greco-Roman Patron context, gifts were given to purchase status and favor. As a result the gift came from the head rather than the heart. Favor was curried, lives were given political status, influence and power were the result. Here Paul is sending a thank you note to a group of people who lived in this context, but gave from their hearts to a man they loved. Paul’s comments today have been viewed by many as frosty and even ungrateful. This is far from the truth. He is giving the gift he has been given to the Savior who gave him the greatest gift, the gift of grace. In addition and particularly, he is placing the gifts he has been giving on record as being expressions of love by the Philippians. He is placing them to their credit and asking that they be viewed as an ongoing display of the Lord’s mercy, faithfulness and generosity on their account.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Revaluing all Values | Philippians.3.4-7


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April 22, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Revaluing all Values | Philippians.3.4-7

There is a German phrase: “Umwertung aller Werte” which means Revaluing all Values. In today’s text we will look briefly into the effects of the conversion of the Apostle Paul and the profound effects it had upon his life. New birth is a life-changing event. Jesus said “3 Very, truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (Joh.3:3). Jesus also stated that “11 From the time of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and it brings a violence upon those entering it” (Mat.11:12 emp. added),” That violence of new birth is radical. Paul wrote that new birth is equivalent to being resurrected: Paul himself places a similar emphasis upon the action of the Kingdom of God upon those awakened by new birth: “4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved” (Eph.2: 4, 5). Also in the letter to the Colossians Paul said: “13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves” (Col.1:13). The word translated “brought us” means to transport, to move from one place to another.

In our the text today: "...we put no confidence in the flesh” (3:3), Paul is going to expand upon the effect conversion had upon his entire life-view. Truly he was radically changed, violently, by the touch of the Holy Spirit at his conversion. This text outlines the full nature of that change as he was transported from the kingdom of death into the Kingdom of life. From the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God. He truly came into a place of Revaluing all Values.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | The Great Foundation of the Faith | 1 Corinthians 15:1-11


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The Great Foundation of the Faith
1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Today, Easter Sunday, let us again affirm the amazing Grace of God, revealed in the birth, life, suffering, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, session, and sending of the Holy Spirit – all according to the Father’s will, the Sons work, and the Spirit awakening. Summarized in the Resurrection of Christ.