A Ministry of Survivors Sent to Revive

NEVER BE ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Scriptures:  2 Tim. 1:8-12, Phil. 2:19-24, Rom. 1:6-17, 1 Tim. 2:1-7, Rom. 8:28, 11:14-18, 37-39, 1 Cor. 15:54-58 and 1 Tim. 6:20

None of us like to feel ashamed, which in essence is derived from painful feelings of guilt for improper behavior; something regrettable. Too often, we do not relate our shame of the Gospel to our disbelief.

The Apostle Paul a persecutor of the early church who endured much suffering in spreading the Gospel is seen questioning his son in the faith Pastor Timothy on what it means to him to follow the pattern set before him.  In other words, in knowing that commitment to the Gospel will result in suffering are you willing to remain fully committed and disciplined in teaching the pattern to others? 

In retrospect, Timothy was asked to authenticate his belief and confront what could separate him from the love of God. The Apostle Paul was never ashamed of the Gospel and the sufferings which accompanied the holy calling because he was confident in who he believed. You see, when we regret our actions it is because we are not persuaded in our convictions.

Pastor Michael (“Mike”) Pittman

Speaking Faith Into Your Future

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Scriptures:  Philippians 4:10-19, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Mark 5:25-34

Too often people are guilt ridden by their past and forced to believe that they will never be forgiven by God.  However, I would admonish you to consider the life of the Apostle Paul.  Before coming into the faith, he viciously taunted and murdered God’s people and vehemently scoffed the teachings of Jesus.  Yet, God forgave Apostle Paul; the writer of over two-thirds of the New Testament and used him mightily to advance His Kingdom!

You see, Jesus died on the cross in order for us to be accepted and rose again that we might be forgiven. In other words, no matter how shameful our past God has already spoken and breathed life into our future. Nevertheless, when we speak by faith, we authenticate what God has already spoken into our future.

Pastor Michael (“Mike”) Pittman