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.
So much is happening at Philadelphia. We hope you can make it by to see for yourself.
I sit here today contemplating life and death. Over the past 10 weeks there have been two deaths in out church, one in the family of a close friend, and just this week one on my wife's family, her Grandmother.
I will be conducting that service this week so that is why life and death has been on my mind. Hebrews 12:1-2 speaks of a "great cloud of witnesses" in Heaven. The implication is that they watch us as we run "the race set before us". I an not so sure that they are sitting around on grandstands in Heaven passively observing us as we go along, although the original languages certainly allow for that interpretation. I believe that they are witnesses in the sense that they have witnessed God's faithfulness in their life.
The idea I am trying to get across is taht this "great cloud" is not so much witnessing us as they have witnessed the Lord. They have witnessed Him provide for them. They have witnessed Him take care of them. They have witnessed Him heal them. And as witnesses they have told what they have seen and heard to us.
In doing so they provide for us a roadmap for our course through life. Life, as we all know by now, is not a straight and level dash. It is a winding, twisting marathon. That cloud who has gone before us provide us with the example and information we need to run that "long and winding road" full of twists and turns, ups and downs, ins and outs, forwards and backwards.
We can look to that cloud to see where they got it right so we can follow their example. We can look to see where they got it wrong so we can adjust our course accordingly. Either way, that cloud has witnessed God's hand in their life and lived life as close to Him as possible (hopefully) and thus show us how to also; or they lived away from Him (unfortunately) and thus give us wisdom as to how to do it differently.
We are entering a season where we get to do things because He is giving us the opportunity to, not because we have no other choice. So as we dream about the near future of Philadelphia, keep in mind that what God is already doing in, around, through, and at Philadelphia is just the “tip of the iceberg” for what He wants to do. We look forward to seeing you at any of our Worship Services and Bible Studies, or any of the events listed below.
Annual Local Church Conference (Business Meeting), Wednesday, June 14 @ 7p.
Prayer Meeting on Saturday, June 17 @ 7p. 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 this Saturday.
Worship on Sunday, June 18: Sunday School @ 9:45a, Morning Worship @ 11a, and our Interactive Message @ 6p. HAPPY FATHER"S DAY!!
Women's Monthly Missionary Meeting on Monday, June 19 @ 7p. Verse -of-the-Month: Psalm 91:1
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.
What a great year 2017 is already shaping up to be!!