Favorite Verses

1. John 3:16

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

3. Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God...

4. 2nd Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousnes...

5. Matthew 11:28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

 

 

 

 

Leading us in worship:   Rev. Matthew Froeschle 

Sunday Worship Schedule 

Worship Service
9:30 a.m.
Children's Church
9:45 a.m.
(after Children's Chat)
 

 

 

“God gave us one mouth and two ears.  Therefore we should listen twice as much as we speak.”  I’ve used that expression before, because it’s so easy to focus on what we want to say that we miss what’s going on around us.

Today we will receive more practical, Scriptural advice about faith-sharing.  We will be asked some pretty important questions: like are we listening to God’s Word, OR are we only tuning in to the messages we WANT to hear?
The apostle Paul, perhaps the greatest Christian evangelist (apart from Jesus, of course) had some wisdom to give to his protege, Timothy.  This morning, may we listen in and apply these truths to our lives as well.  To God be the glory, as we witness and share about our faith in God with others.

                          GO & TELL - And Keep Good Ears
                       A sermon by the Rev. Matthew D. Froeschle
                                     Sunday, May 19, 2019

OLD TESTAMENT READING - Genesis 12:1-3
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
NEW TESTAMENT READING - 2 Timothy 4:1-5
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.
For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.
 
CHILDREN'S CHAT
ACTIVITY: Play a good game of “TELEPHONE” (enlist Toby & Youth).
NOTE: Keep the message LONG so that it’s certain to be miscommunicated.
TEACH: Talk about the importance of keeping true to our message - not just what we THINK the message is, but the real thing.  (Read the Bible!  Go to church!  REALLY LISTEN)
PRAY.
SERMON - “GO & TELL - And Keep Good Ears”
It’s not difficult to find passages in the Bible that have to do with God's charge to share the faith.  The New Testament is filled with passages from Jesus and the early church encouraging us to share the hope that we have.
But even in the Old Testament, it’s clear that from the beginning God wanted to share the love with all nations.  God is not about keeping secrets, but about blessing folks with goodness and truth so that the whole world benefits.
This morning we continue in our faith-sharing sermon series, and we’ll be concentrating on the art of redeemed listening.
Using good ears is an essential part of evangelism (telling people about the good news we have from God through Jesus).  And the Scriptures today remind us to HEAR the gospel regularly, PREACH the gospel generously, and SHARE the truth with great love.  Holy Spirit, open our ears to Your voice.
HEAR THE GOSPEL
The disciples remind us that faith comes by hearing.  This is part of why we gather for worship weekly as Christians, so we will continue to hear the Word of God and know the central truths of the gospel.  Keep good ears listening to the truth.  Preach the gospel - to fellow Christians - to the church!  That’s a big part of my mandate.  Weekly, I get to evangelize you.
Faith also comes by reading, of course.  I’ve benefitted from some great preachers, for sure.  But for me, good books have also helped me understand the faith better.  Starting with the GOOD BOOK first, of course.  Read the Bible, for goodness sake.
But the Bible has also inspired countless other authors to write on the faith.  The Bible is our source, but it’s a big book.  If you’d like extra-Biblical helps, these books have really helped me: “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis - “The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning - “Rumors of Another World” by Philip Yancey, etc.)  These present the basic message in timely fashion (as does Eugene Peterson’s ‘The Message’).
Don’t assume that you’ve heard the basic message about Jesus and the cross enough.  We need weekly refreshers, because the Word is always new - and making us new.  I need to hear it - from the Bible - from preachers - from artists - and from you.
PREACH THE TRUTH… IN LOVE
But we’re not just to keep the message sharing to this place - or in our Christian circles.  God has blessed his people in order to bless the whole world.  From the beginning, God has wanted the message to go out to all people.  Part of the charge to Abraham is that his faith will bless the entire world.
(We don’t want to become ‘spiritually constipated - constipated Christians’ as Tony Evans once said.)
Paul, in giving advice to Timothy in this letter, tells him something a bit strange.  Paul tells Timothy to “Preach that message whether the time seems ‘favorable’ or ‘unfavorable.’  What do you think that means?  Other translations put it this way: Preach the gospel “in season” or “out of season.”
Is the gospel in season?  Or perhaps: “Is the gospel in vogue?”  Sometimes there are seasons where the gospel seems to be reaching a lot of people and striking a major chord (“revivals”).  But other times it seems out of fashion.  So keep an ear to culture, but nevertheless, preach the gospel.
When it comes to faith-sharing, I often get up on my soap-box by talking about the Christian’s need to LISTEN.  It’s good advice always to really listen and hear someone rather than just think about what YOU want to say.  God’s already out there, folks.  We should be paying attention to God’s lead rather than rehearsing some clever sales pitch.
Listen to people (know where they are).  That’s a huge part of loving people.  Keep good ears.  Learn from other people’s faith experiences.  Be curious about who there and what they have to teach us.  We must outdo ourselves in showing sensitivity and respect for other people’s faith and beliefs…
…but without compromising the message of Christ and the cross in order to suit human moods or fashions.
I want people to know Jesus, and so I want to speak the truth in a language people can hear and understand.  But it is not my place to adjust the core message to suit current trends.
The message God gave us is timeless and it transcends culture.  It will speak to every generation and every culture in different ways - but the message doesn’t change.  It’s about God’s forgiveness - it’s about God’s victory over sin and death - it’s about Jesus on a cross and three days later an empty tomb.  Those things are real.
DON’T JUST ITCH YOUR/THEIR EARS
This leads us to one final important bit of Scriptural advice for us this morning as we use our EARS in the work of evangelism: we must recognize our sinful tendency to listen only to what we WANT to hear, and not to the TRUTH as revealed by the Holy Spirit in Scripture.  (Paul refers to this tendency in his letter to Timothy as “itching ears.”)
Keep good ears, don’t just itch them.
These days, this advice seems particularly on the nose, because we are probably more susceptible now than ever to hearing only what we want to hear.
These days we are gathering around us only those voices and people and news feeds that will confirm our biases and tell us only what we like.  In fact, Facebook and other retailers and agencies use logarithms to figure out what you like, and then send you more and more of those sites that you’re going to click on or those things you’re going to buy.  (“You might ALSO like…”)
We’ll flip on our MSNBC or FOX News and we’ll hear exactly what we expect to hear - but are we hearing the truth?  We need some timeless truth to ground us - like the gospel - like God’s Spirit speaking through the Scriptures.  The Bible has things to offend and challenge both the liberal and the conservative, the young and the old, no matter what race, culture, or gender.
All to help us think more clearly, of course.  God’s Word works to turn itchy ears into holier ones - more God sensitive and God-honoring ones.
CONCLUSION
Paul’s charge to the one he discipled was clear: Timothy was to preach the gospel with the utmost patience, endurance, and encouragement.  “Tell the truth IN LOVE.”  It is our most important work today as the church, as well.  The chief end of the church: the PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL for the SALVATION OF MANKIND.
Paul made that charge to Timothy - and now to us - in the most sincere way possible.  As we conclude, please look again at those first verses:
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.
This is not to be missed.  Faith sharing for the Christian is not an optional exercise, but the very means of knowing Christ better and making him known.  We are blessed to be a blessing.  May we continue to pray for opportunities to share our faith and to be ready to show and tell what Jesus means to us - and what Jesus wants for them.  Amen.

 

 

 

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The class meets at 8:30 am on Sunday morning.  Please join for this lesson and lively discussion time before the worshp service. 
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During the 9:30 a.m. worship service, Children's Church is offered for children ages 4-12.  Childlren are in the sanctuary until after the Children's Chat with the Pastor.  Children's Church is a service where kids learn through scripture, stories, and music tailored to their age group.

 

First Presbyterian Church is a Family of Faith. 

Like many families, we:

*Support one another.  Troubles are shared and burdens are lifted hrough requests to the Prayer Team, prayer requests made during worship, and conversation over coffee, etc.

*Share a common outlook.  Presbyterians are dedicated to hearing and acting on scripture.  We listen to what the Bible has to say through sermons and studies.  We carry out what we learn and believe through our daily lives and in missions at home and abroad.

*Nuture Children.  Outreach within and outside our church happens through Sunday School, Kids' Club, Youth Groups, LOGOS retreats, Camp Carew, and Vacation Bible School.  We help children "grow up in Christ."

*Care for the Elderly.  Members of the "Sunshine Brigade" conduct Christian care visits with shut-ins and those who live in skilled care settings.

*Help neighbors in need.  Friends and families reach out to others in the Church when help is needed.  In addition, members of the First Presbyterian family serve the community through programs like the Food Bank, Peace Meals, PADS homeless and transient shelter, etc.

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