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)
 

 

     

                            GO & TELL - Empowered by the Spirit
                               A sermon by the Rev. Matthew D. Froeschle
                                         Sunday, June 9, 2019

OLD TESTAMENT READING - Psalm 104:24-35
O Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom you have made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
    creeping things innumerable are there,
    living things both small and great.
There go the ships,
    and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
These all look to you
    to give them their food in due season;
when you give to them, they gather it up;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
    when you take away their breath, they die
    and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
    and you renew the face of the ground.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works—
who looks on the earth and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
    I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    for I rejoice in the Lord.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
    and let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!

NEW TESTAMENT READING - Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
    and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
    and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
        and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
    and signs on the earth below,
        blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
        before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

SERMON - “GO & TELL - Empowered by the Spirit”
Although we are concluding our sermon series on evangelism / faith sharing this morning, I trust that we’ve had a big enough sampling of the Scriptures to see that this is not an incidental part of following the Lord Jesus Christ.  No matter the season, we have each been called to testify about God’s love and be ready when opportunities arise to tell the good news about Jesus Christ.  We will certainly be hearing about this again.
Today’s New Testament reading from Acts is an historical account of how God sent the Holy Spirit - the same Spirit that empowered Jesus’ ministry - to dwell within those earliest disciples.  Empowered by Christ’s Spirit, they had the courage to speak to the crowds about Jesus in a language they could understand, and explain how it was all a fulfillment of ancient prophesy.
Everyone acknowledged that something incredible was happening, but some were dismissive.  “They’re just drunk! This is crazy.”  Just as it is today, people are suspicious that something like that could actually be a miraculous work of God.  There must be some other explanation!
History has proven, however, that this was not just some drunken nonsense, but the beginning of a world-changing movement.  Something true was being revealed, and it was resonating in people’s hearts.  That day, thousands of people would respond to the message of Jesus, convinced of its truth.
This last weekend, I’ve had the privilege of once again participating in the “Great Banquet” gospel retreat, and I gave a talk about this very thing - that it is the work of God’s Spirit to bring people to conversion - not a manipulative work of human design.  The gospel message is a revelation from God, not a human device.
The story of Pentecost has some very important things to teach us about faith sharing, not the least of which is this reminder: that the message of faith comes from God, not from us.
God has been planning for the gospel for a long time, and God has already been at work preparing the world to hear it.  In the same way, wherever we go, it should be with the awareness that God is already present and has already been at work there.
We are never “bringing Jesus” into a situation, rather we are discovering how God is already present, and seeking to cooperate with God’s Spirit.
That’s a big part of Peter’s message.  “God has been planning for this!  In our Scriptures, God promised that one day He would pour out His spirit on the people.  This is what you are seeing!”
The disciples didn’t know when that time would be.  I doubt they were expecting the Pentecost event.  It wasn’t on their calendar; it took them by surprise.  But when it happened, they recognized God’s power, and were able to see that they were a part of God’s story.
And neither is the Pentecost event consigned to the past, it was the beginning of what is still ongoing today.  Although we may not see tongues of fire, I believe the Christian woman or man knows what it is to experience the inspiration of God’s Spirit - to have experienced a nudge from God - to have heard God’s Words come out of their mouth or His love through their actions - to have understood a deep truth.
Although Peter’s message seems quite nice on these points, there is an apocalyptic dimension to the preaching of the gospel.  Because though it is indeed good news, it is also a notice that the world as it is will be coming to an end.
That part of the message is not generally as welcome to those who are very much comfortable and at home in this world - as it is.
My wife is enjoying a funny series titled “Good Omens,” based on a novel about an angel and a demon who are working together to prevent Armageddon - the Apocalyptic end of the world.
We understand their motivations, because most of us would rather the world as it is keep going.
But the world as it is is not the world as God intends it to be.  A world built upon the accumulation of wealth and in which injustice continues to be prevalent and poverty rampant is a world that needs to be radically readjusted.
There’s a Christian teaching that is rather out of vogue for most of us comfortable Americans, but it’s this: don’t make yourself too much at home in the world as it is.  “This world is not ultimately my home.  I’m a stranger just passing through.”
We should not forget that proclaiming the gospel is also proclaiming to folks that some things have to change - some things have to die before they can be resurrected.  When the new life of Jesus Christ comes in our lives, the ugly self will need to be surrendered.
I do love this world, and there is great beauty in it.  And I do believe that all that is beautiful will ultimately be redeemed - because the Bible says so.  But the Bible also promises cataclysmic changes before ultimate redemption.
This is by no means an excuse to be poor stewards of this world, but it is a reminder that our ultimate security comes only in God.  Be stewards, not owners, of the things in your life.  Because the world as we know it is not our final home.
If you loved your open, empty, green lawn as it is, it would never become a garden, for you would never dare to till and uproot what you see before you. 
But what if God intends for it to be a lovely garden?  Would you be willing to see the pretty green grass and spaciously lawn uprooted to become something else?  Sure, the Gardener SAYS it’s going to be better, but the process seems frightening.
God wants to do a great work in our lives and in our world, but that kind of apocalyptic proclamation can sound scary.  Do we really trust God with our lives - with our everything?  For this is part of knowing and then proclaiming the gospel, too.  God is going to be changing things.
There’s so much more to say, but that will have to wait for other times - for other Pentecost Sundays.  For now, let’s be reminded of what Pentecost says to us about faith sharing:  It’s about God’s Spirit - God’s timing - and God’s power to transform.
The world - and even us - will be changed by the gospel.
The Spirit is already at work around us - and in the heart of the Jesus follower.
Live in that Spirit, and may the good news permeate us and this world.  Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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