Ephesians 4:4-6 -- There is one body and one Spirit, and God called you to have one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. There is one God and Father of everything. He rules everything and is everywhere and is in everything.
DEVELOPMENT. Increasing in the wisdom and knowledge of the things of God
RELATIONSHIP. Recognizing the importance of building new friendships and strengthening old ones
ENCOURAGEMENT. Meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of our fellow “Philadelphia Folks” and being a blessing to someone inside the church in some way every day.
AUTHENTICITY. Worshipping and praising God “with all we got” just because He is, and not because of what He does
MISSION. Accomplishing the purpose for which God created and gifted us by being a blessing to someone outside the church in some way every day so that we can share with them by word or by action the Gospel
To see what kinds of ministry opportunities Philadelphia Wesleyan Church provides to help us Fulfill His Dream, please see the Fulfilling His Dream page of this website.
We are about halfway through our Sunday Night Interactive Series on praise called The Adventure of Praise: Living in the Power of Worship. Throughout this series, in addition to the Q+A times during the message, we have what could be called “homework”. But we are referring to it as Praise Practice. These are concrete ways we can add more praise and worship to our everyday lives.
So I thought I would take a moment in this week’s Note From Pastor Tim to review the Praise Practice we have had so far. Feel free to join us. And I would love to hear testimonies about what you are experiencing along the way.
feel free to join us in this Adventure of
Praise. And I would love to hear testimonies about what you are
experiencing along the way.
UPCOMING EVENTS @ PHILADELPHIA
Women's Missionary Meeting, TONIGHT, Monday March 20 @ 7pm
Community Women's Bible Study, Tuesday, March 21 @ 7pm. We are studying Prayer, based on the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer from the movie War Room.
Bible Study with RC Mathis on Wednesday, March 22 @ 7pm.
Prayer Meeting on Saturday, March 25 @ 7pm. One
of the goals for 2017 was for each of our members and regular attendees to try
to attend our Prayer Meeting at least once-per-month. So we hope to see you
Worship with us on Sunday, March 26 @ 9:45am for Sunday School, 11:00am for Worship, and 6:00pm for an Interactive Message
Remember, if I have your email address, I will send this to you by email. Drop me a note at PastorTim@PhiladelphiaWesleyan.org and I will put you on the email list.
Thanks and many blessings,
The Lord gave us the Season of Sawgrass as His theme for us in 2017. This comes from Galatians 6:7-10 which says, in part, And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. And in Isaiah 1:19 we are told, If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land. And when is the "good of the land" available to eat? In season.
So from that we believe the following for our church and community over the next year or more: The Season of Sawgrass is a period of time, coming at the right and most opportune time, for us to realize our greatest potential to experience the right, proper, and scheduled blessings of God. This Season of Sawgrass will be characterized by the noticeable Hand of God at work in, on, around, through, and for us; as individuals, as families, as a church, and as a community. God’s activity here and our activity in our community during this Season of Sawgrass will be like nothing we have ever seen before. Lives will be changed. People will come to faith in Christ. Folks will be set free. Individuals will be healed. And hope will be restored.
If we are willing and obedient is the caveat to all of this. And I believe Philadelphia is definitely willing. And their willingness to be obedient has been clearly demonstrated over several months. I have previously documented how enthusiastically our congregation has taken up God's challenge to read good, Christian, Bible study and spiritual help books (well over 30 books read in total as of early February); to reach out to others in the congregation through cards, letters, texts, phone calls, visits, social media, etc; and reach out to the unchurched of our area with acts of love and kindness and invitations to church (almost 1,000 such contacts since December 11!).
And just last Sunday night, in the conclusion of the Season of Sawgrass message, over 13 folks in our church responded to the call to "access God's plan for them, their families, our church, and our community through fasting, prayer, praise, Bible reading and study, and holy living.
What a great year 2017 is already shaping up to be!!