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 Wesleyan. We hope you can make it by to check it out for yourself.
Our Wednesday Night Bible Study this week was on 1 Corinthians 13.So I wanted to summarize it the main ideas here. This chapter falls between 2 chapters discussing the Gifts of the Spirit. The last verse of chapter 12 and the first verse of chapter 14 tell us to desire spiritual gifts. The gifts of the Spirit manifest the love of God in particular situations within the community of faith.
But love is referred to as “a better way”. Better than simply wanting, desiring, or coveting spiritual gifts, we are told to make a concerted effort to live in love with each other as a way of making ourselves ready to receive those gifts. For Paul, as for John, love is the defining characteristic of God’s presence among His people. Therefore, it should be the defining characteristic of God’s people themselves.
Love is to be worked out in the attitude which governs practical living and relationships with others. Note that the word ‘Jesus could be put where the word ‘love’ occurs throughout this chapter. Do you think you could honestly substitute your name there?
Keep in mind when you answer that God, who is Love, would fulfill 100% of these items 100% of the time. Jesus, who is the personification of Love, would fulfill 100% of these items 100% of the time. As for us, human as we are, do we even honestly get to 50% of these 50% of the time?
Love is patient. Jesus is patient. Am I patient? 100% patient, 100% of the time.
Love is kind. Jesus is kind. Am I kind? 100% kind, 100% of the time.
Love is not jealous. Jesus is not jealous. Do I not get jealous? 100% charitable, 100% of the time.
Love does not brag. Jesus does not brag. Do I not brag? 100% of the time.
Love is not proud. Jesus is not proud. Am I humble? 100% humble, 100% of the time.
Love is not rude. Jesus is not rude. Am I not rude? 100% polite, 100% of the time.
Love is not selfish. Jesus is not selfish. Am I not selfish? 100% unselfish, 100% of the time.
Love cannot be made angry easily. Jesus cannot be made angry easily. Can I not be made angry easily? 100% easy-going, 100% of the time.
Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Jesus does not remember wrongs done against it. Do I not remember wrongs done against me? 100% forgiving, 100% of the time.
Love is never happy when others do wrong. Jesus is never happy when others do wrong. Am I unhappy when others do wrong? 100% unhappy, 100% of the time.
Love is always happy with the truth. Jesus is always happy with the truth. Am I always happy with the truth? 100% truthful, 100% of the time.
Love never gives up on people. Jesus never gives up on people. Do I never give up on people? 100% “there”, 100% of the time.
Love never stops trusting. Jesus never stops trusting. Do I never stop trusting? 100% trusting, 100% of the time.
Love never loses hope. Jesus never loses hope. Do I never lose hope? 100% hopeful, 100% of the time.
Love never quits. Jesus never quits. Do I never quit? 100% consistent, 100% of the time.
If we cannot say 100%, 100% of the time, then we now have something to work on, with God’s help. We now have things to fast. We now have things to pray about.
We have entered 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, and through our church is just the “tip of the iceberg” for what He wants to do.
UPCOMING EVENTS @ PHILADELPHIA
Community Women's Bible Study, Tuesday, April 25 @ 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, April 26 @ 7pm.
Prayer Meeting on Saturday, April 29 @ 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,
April 30 @ 9:45am for Sunday
School, 11:00am for Worship, and 6:00pm for
an Interactive Message.
5th Sunday Night Community Worship Service: Sunday, April 30. This month it is OUR TURN to host. Service will be at Satilla Baptist.
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!!