Sermons tagged #Widowers
In Philippians 1.8 we see that Paul had a love for the Philippian Christians. As he writes to them as a prisoner it is now some 12 years later after he had established the Church there and 12 years later Paul is still concerned for them enough to write to them and to pray for them. Here's a question? Do you still have a concern for fellow believers that you may have ministered with in other churches in the past? Are there some Christians from the past that you are still in touch with? I know we cant be in touch with everyone from our past churches but there are some you can still encourage. Are their some believers in other churches that you can still encourage and write to? If you don't have a love for your brothers and sisters in Christ then there is something wrong! Do you know in this Church that this Church Family might be the only type of family left for some believers here? The love that the Philippians showed had to be in knowledge and in discernment. This is real important in the days that we live in. The church today must show love in knowledge and discernment. One writer wrote this about discernment: "It means to distinguish, to separate out by diligent search, to examine. Discernment is the ability to properly discriminate or make determinations. It is related to wisdom.. A discerning mind demonstrates wisdom and insight that go beyond what is seen and heard". The love that the Philippians showed within their congregation and without their congregation had to be in knowledge and discernment. The Christian church today like never before needs to show love in knowledge and discernment:
As we study the text, we will see Paul's command to support widows truly in need in verses 3 through 8 and the character of a widow truly in need in verses 9 through 15, and then wrap up our study with a look at his conclusion about meeting needs in verse 16.
We live in a society that seems to view marriage as something disposable and easy to walk away from. But that is not the view taught in Holy Scripture. Marriage is holy, honorable, and blessed, created and instituted by God. But those gifted to live a celibate life, a single life are blessed too. In this message, we consider 1) Marriage and Intimacy, and then 2) Celibacy is based on Gifting, and finally 3) Living Single or Out of Control? As always I claim no originality, but will quote, cite, refer, etc to a variety of authors including, Garland, Kistemaker, Riddlebarger, Gardner, and many others.