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)
 

 

                     “Fruits of the Spirit - SELF CONTROL”
                             A sermon by the Rev Matthew D. Froeschle
OLD TESTAMENT READINGS - Proverbs 16:32 and Proverbs 25:28
One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city.
Like a city breached, without walls, is one who lacks self-control.
NEW TESTAMENT READING - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.
“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other.  The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power.
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?  Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?  Never!  Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her?  For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.”
But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.  Shun fornication!  Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.
SERMON - “Fruits of the Spirit - SELF-CONTROL”
So Rick and Steve have been teaching me how to drive a manual transmission truck in preparation for an upcoming mission trip to Africa this September.  Rick loaned me his old Nissan pickup for the week, and both he and Steve were brave enough to ride shotgun as I repeatedly stalled the vehicle. (Do they have more gray hairs on their head now?  Are they finally beginning to show their age?  That’s partly my fault.)
Driving that old pickup is much different than driving my Nissan sedan, of course.  So much of the “work” of driving these days is automatic - automatic transmission, power steering, power breaks, etc.  And soon, our cars will even be driving themselves.
But not so with the old pickup.  I had to tell it specifically what to do and when to shift.  I even had to use a third pedal - the clutch!  I felt like Fred Flintstone, using both left and right feet to operate this prehistoric car.  Yabba Dabba Doo!
When it comes to living in these remarkable bodies of ours, there is a lot that happens automatically, true.  You don’t have to consciously direct your lungs or your heart to keep working.  We have built-in functions and reflexes, developed over time.
And yet, there’s a lot that does not come naturally.  Self-control is even more difficult to learn than operating vehicles manually.  And, unfortunately, left to our own devices, so much of what happens “automatically” is NOT good.
Pickups and cars can break down, as our bodies can, but machines don’t sin or have minds of their own (yet).  They pretty much do as they are told.  We, however, can know what’s the best thing to do and NOT do it.  We won’t always do as we’re told, even when we agree with the perfect God who gives us perfect orders.
Our series on the fruits of the spirit ends today with a virtue we all desperately need, and which can only be developed by a radical reliance on God - and it is SELF CONTROL. There are a lot of passages in the Bible which point out how dangerous our lack of self-control is.  For instance, the apostle James talks about how quick we are to shoot off our mouths and cause chaos.  “The tongue is a restless evil among the parts of the body - a terrible spark that can set whole communities on fire and destroy lives.”
Our old testament readings warn of how out-of-control anger is a danger - it is far better to be able to curb your temper and think clearly.  And the author of Proverbs saw fit to include this powerful illustration: one without self-control is like a city with a terrible breach in its defenses. And, of course, the apostle Paul has a lot to say about a lifestyle defined by out-of-control desires.  It’s not freedom at all, but slavery.  And so many become trapped by sexual addictions and substance addictions, which lead them to terrible compromises.  Their own lives and the lives of those around them can quickly be destroyed.
Paul admitted that in his own life, he is completely dependent on the Spirit of Jesus Christ to reign in the beastly SELF.  “I know what I should do, but I don’t do it!  Instead, I end up doing the things I KNOW are wrong!  O wretched man that I am - who will save me from this body of death?  Thanks be to Jesus - who alone gives us the victory!” I think one of the big problems in developing self-control is that very little in our lives or in our culture commends this virtue.  Advertisers certainly don’t want you to learn self-control (unless it’s Weight Watchers or something, I guess).  No - most companies want you to buy on impulse, to commit now and spend the next years paying them.
But there’s no need to blame Madison Avenue - we do quite well on our own catering to our stomachs and our desires.  There’s that selfish streak in us that would make us little more than animals - concerned with mere survival and creature comforts. I don’t even know how badly I WANT to change, right?  Oh, I’ll start that diet… TOMORROW.  Today, I want to eat a hamburger and fries.  And I know very well how often I choose my couch and Netflix over a nice summer evening walk, no matter how much I might claim to want to get in better shape.
Like all the fruits of the Spirit, self control only develops as our relationship with the Lord Jesus deepens and matures and is given priority.  And in his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul lays it down clearly.  You were not made to be animals, you were created to glorify God!
In his day, as in ours, there were many who gave themselves over to pleasures and entertainments.  There was sexual immorality in the culture that made its way into the church.  In fact, the teaching of Jesus’ forgiveness and love was even used as an excuse by some to continue in a life of sin.  “Hey, if Jesus forgives me of all sin, then I’ll just sin away so there will be even more grace and forgiveness!”
Paul counters that faulty reasoning by reminding the church (and us) that we do NOT belong to ourselves, but we have been redeemed by Christ. Can a person truly love Christ, and continue to do the very things He hates and died to free us from?
Can I tell my wife I love her, and continue to do the very things I KNOW cause her pain?  True love doesn’t allow those patterns to continue.  True love has a conscience, and truly wants what it good - what is best. Sins and bad behaviors may continue for a while, but either they are diminishing or worsening.  True love dictates the direction in a positive way.  Sin is lazy, content to become smaller and worse and inflict ever more pain on the beloved.
There is a danger of become calloused - of hearing God’s truth without obeying so much that your heart is hardened and less likely to change.  So long as we still feel the pain and the weight of our sin, there is hope. Paul brings us back to the cross of Jesus over and over.  “Remember that you were BOUGHT at a PRICE!”  The new life we have - which replaces the old life of slavery to sin - is an invaluable gift that we did not earn.
How dare we invite Jesus to be a part of our lives, and then escort him around as we do all the things He hates?  Can those who truly love Jesus really continue in a lifestyle that harms themselves, that harms others, and that offends the Lord? Instead, we have been granted the awesome privilege of sharing in Jesus’ life - infected with that Holy Spirit that brings wholeness and healing and true love to others and ourselves.  “Honor God with your body.”  That is not a command - that is our supreme privilege and joy.
Life in Christ - finding success in this area of self control - means being in the habit of daily surrender to Christ.  Each morning, we are to remember who we belong to.  We no longer belong to the old habits of sin and death - we have been purchased at a great cost.  Let us be in the habit of daily surrender to Christ, and discover the great freedom of the Holy Spirit’s control.
With Christ, all things are possible. With Christ, we can learn the freedoms that come with control of the body - of the emotions - of the tongue.
Amen and amen!

 

 

 
 

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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.

 

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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.

*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.

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