When you think of HAM it’s usually food, right?
Not for Route 55 on January 14!
Kevin Ward, an amateur radio operator, will be telling
us about what Ham is, what has it done, what does it do......
Has satellite communication changed the HAM mission?
As usual DINNER at 5:00 pm and PROGRAM at 6:30 pm.
The New Year is a time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make. Many of us commit to exercise, eat healthy, get organized or learn a new skill. The book of Hebrews points its readers, both in the 1st Century as well as in the 21st Century towards priorities that are not of this world. Maybe it's time to redefine where we look for goal setting. We look to Jesus!
1. The House [Hebrews 3:1-6] Bryan Long - 01.01.17
If we are to withstand and never give up, consider Jesus: the builder of everything. [DISCUSSION GUIDE][AUDIO]
2. Persevere and Follow Through [Hebrews 3:7-19] Milo Wilson - 01.08.17
We must submit our hearts to God’s ways and plan, especially in times of trial. [DISCUSSION GUIDE][AUDIO]
3. Enjoy Rest and Take It All In [Hebrews 4:1-11] Milo Wilson - 01.15.17
Be refreshed through time with Jesus. God Himself rested on the seventh day.
[DISCUSSION GUIDE] [AUDIO]
4. Hold Fast to Him [Hebrews 4:14-5:10] - Milo Wilson - 01.22.17
Jesus Christ perfectly fulfills the qualifications for the kind of high priest that we all need.
[DISCUSSION GUIDE] [AUDIO]
no doubt we are living in unstable and turbulent times, but there
has never been a better time to choose to have all-out trust in our
God. For our culture, the topic of money and giving is one of the
most difficult things to address, yet the Bible speaks abundantly on
it. We have been created to say with tremendous faith, “I
trust in you, Lord ... my times are in your hand!”
5. In God We Trust: While My Trouble May Be His Blessing [Philippians 4:10-20]
expects us to be wise in our use of what is His. “For
I have learned to be content.”
Sermon Preparation Guide
Importance - What are the central ideas of this text?
with and giving to others in need will bring a blessing from God.
(Philippians 4:17 & 19)
in each and every circumstance must be learned. (Philippians 4:11 &
key to contentment is found in Jesus. (Philippians 4:13)
Implications - What questions should the listener be asking?
are you doing in terms of sharing and giving to others in need?
steps do you need to take to learn to be content?
do you find contentment in Jesus?
Talk it Over Discussion Guide
Interpretation - What is the text telling/showing us?
is Paul rejoicing in what the Philippians did?
why and how the Philippians gave to Paul? What were their
blessing is in store for the Philippians in their giving?
are the spiritual benefits of giving for the needs of others,
particularly those in Christian ministry?
does it mean to be content in the way Paul describes contentment?
was Paul’s attitude in receiving gifts from the Philippians? Did
he need their gifts?
was God’s attitude towards the giving the Philippians did?
is the relationship between the promise in verse 19 and one’s
giving? Are we entitled to God’s blessing and provision if we
give? Should the promise be our motivation for giving?
is giving like the Philippians did an acceptable sacrifice to God?
Implementation - What should the listeners response be?
should your attitude be towards those who might give to you in your
our giving limited to money? If not, what other things or resources
can we give to others?
do you define contentment for yourself? What adjustments might you
have to make to your definition in light of verses 11-13?
does Jesus strengthen you for the living of life in each and every
does one learn to be content? What steps must you take to learn
you consider giving to be an offering to God? Why is God pleased
with your giving?
does verse 19 mean to you? How will you live going forward in light
of the promise in verse 19?
is the most meaningful lesson you have learned from this passage?
Sermon Teaching Notes (aspreparedby Pastor Dick Murphy)
Investigation - What's generally going on in this area of scripture?
we come to this final installment of this Series, we look back and
realize we have learned much. We have seen that God owns it all and
thus our “possessions” are His and for His use. We have seen that
God provides for our needs so we needn’t worry. We have seen that
our giving is an offering of worship. And we have seen that God
expects that we use the gifts (time, treasure and talent) He gives us
to multiply results for His kingdom. This fifth installment will
teach us that as we rest in Him and His provision, whether it is
direct or through others, we must learn to be content in our
circumstances whatever they are, and that whatever “troubles” we
may have are the opportunity for His blessing.
his second missionary journey, which began with Barnabas who early on was
replaced by Silas (Acts 16:36-40), Paul eventually came to Philippi
in the district of Macedonia (Acts 16:11 & 12) and planted a
church there. He visited the church in Philippi some years later on
his third missionary journey (Acts 20:1-6). Several more years
have now elapsed and Paul is in prison in Rome (Philippians 1:7, 13, 17.
The date of this imprisonment is roughly 10-11 years after the Philippian church was planted.) and writes a letter to the believers
in Philippi. It is a very personal letter, and the verses covered in
these Notes underscore that fact as he writes about his situation
and his needs and the way that the Philippians had helped him with
Philippians had given Paul a gift of financial support and in verse
10, he begins to write them his thanks. Apparently, the Philippians
had wanted to make a gift previously, but for whatever reason had not
had the opportunity. Perhaps it as at a time when Paul was collecting
the gift for the Jerusalem church and he didn’t want there to be
any mis-perception if he received a gift at the same time. In any
case, Paul expresses his joy in the gift and his thanks for the
generosity of the Philippians (Philippians 4:10, 14-16). He notes
that by their gift they literally shared in his trouble (another
version says his “affliction”), that the gift indeed supplied his
needs and more (Philippians 4:18a), and that it was an offering
acceptable to God (Philippians 4:18b). Moreover, Paul adds to his
thanks the fact that the Philippians were the only ones who supported
him after he left Macedonia (Philippians 4:15), and that they had
sent at least one more (and possible two more) gifts to him
subsequently (Philippians 4:16). The Philippians had given
voluntarily, liberally, more than once, and with no expectation of receiving anything in return; they had given from their hearts and out of love
for God as expressed in their love for Paul. In light of these
things, Paul notes that he does not seek the gifts for himself, but
rather desires that the giving by the Philippians “accrue interest”
to their “spiritual account.” (Philippians 4:17) In short, there
is spiritual benefit to giving in that it pleases God and redounds to
the spiritual growth of the giver, as Paul reminds the Philippians
that in their giving, God will, in turn, “supply every need” of
theirs “according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:19 & 20) All in all, Paul’s trouble, meaning
his hardships and then imprisonment in Rome, has led to his blessing
through the gifts of the Philippians, and to the blessing of the
Philippians through their giving multiple times to Paul.
the midst of the foregoing words of encouragement and thanks to the
Philippians, Paul comments on the subject of contentment. Why so?
Because contentment is something that believers, including Paul, have
to learn, and because contentment permits the believer to live in a
state whereby both giving and receiving are made easier. In the old
nature (that is, without a relationship with God through Jesus), when
one is prosperous generally one wants more, and when poor, one also
wants more. Either way marks discontent with one’s circumstances.
And beyond that, the reaction to the circumstance by the natural man
is generally one of self-sufficiency; “I can help myself.” or “I
can handle this, and tough it out.” The secret for the believer,
writes Paul, is to allow the Holy Spirit to change one’s mind and
attitude from self-sufficiency, from wanting more, from fighting
circumstances, to humble contentment and resting in one’s
circumstances whatever they may be, trusting in God for everything
including the strength to live in those circumstances. (Philippians
4:11-13) Having plenty (living in abundance) means that one is able
to share more because one has more. Having little means that one can
give from what little God has and He will still provide for one's life.
in Christ, one can live in the high or the low, with much or the
little, being fully supplied or needy. In making this statement
about contentment, Paul turned on its head the thinking of his day
espoused by the Greek Stoics. The Stoics use of the word “content”
(Greek “autarkes”) to mean “entirely self-sufficient” which
was a state of mind by which the individual was “absolutely
independent of all things and all people.”
(per William Barclay in his commentary on the Letters to the
Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians, revised edition) The
Stoic sought to remove desire and emotion from one’s life to
achieve this state of self-sufficiency, and steeled oneself to
whatever happened. Altogether, the Stoic sought contentment by human
achievement. In contrast, Paul says that the believer seeks
contentment by sufficiency from God. Contentment is thus inextricably
intertwined with trusting God. God owns everything, God provides
everything, God knows you and your needs, and God is worthy to be
trusted in everything because of who He is. Therefore, you can be in
whatever circumstances and you are still in God’s hands, able to
give and to receive, able to bless and be blessed, able to live for
His will and purposes in everything.
was on the receiving end of giving by the saints at Philippi on
multiple occasions. He accepted the provision as being the provision
from God via those believers, and was joyful and thankful. The
Philippians, on the other hand, were blessed in their giving, it
being an offering to God and the means by which God would bless them
(Philippians 4:18 & 19). And both Paul and the Philippians, and
us today, need to learn
to be content in whatever circumstances we are, resting in the
goodness and the provision of our great God who loves us and who will
strengthen us for the living in those circumstances. How do we learn
to be content? By believing that God provides and strengthens, by
asking God to help us be content, by submitting our wants and desires
to Him, by trusting Him for our every need, by being generous and
wise in the use of our resources, and by being abundant givers who
love to bless others. Are you content? If not, do you want to be
content? I hope so, and indeed I pray so, for that is the place to
be as a follower of Jesus who died for you, and in the hands of the
Father who “will supply every need of yours according to his riches
in glory in Jesus Christ. To our God and Father be glory forever and
ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:19 & 20)