Contents: Sunday Sermon “Heaven’s Greatest Gift” / “The Beauty of Christ” by Charles Spurgeon / “The Beauty of Christ’s Majesty & Humility” by Jonathan Edwards / Shem Creek Presbyterian Church (Charlie and DJ Phillips) / Prayer List
This week our Sunday Sermon “Heaven’s Greatest Gift” – This Sunday’s sermon will focus on Christ as Heaven’s Greatest Gift of the Gospel. In Philippians 4:8-9 we read, “Finally, fellow Christians, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
One of the remnants of the fall, in every human heart, is the tendency to focus on the negative things in life. We reveal this tendency when we hear people asking the question “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people“” Why isn’t the more normal question “Why does God bless bad people with so many wonderful things?” Shouldn’t these be the questions that we ask? “Why does he give us sonrises, flowers, starry night skies, good food, music, laughter, mountains, and wildlife?” And as for Christians, we are the most blessed of all, because God has given us something beyond all of natures’ treasures – Heaven’s Greatest Gift – Jesus. When everything else in life is difficult and ugly, no matter the circumstance, Christians always have something to rejoice over because we have Jesus! Jesus is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy – even when all else fails to satisfy. Christian, think on Him!
Call to Worship: Heaven’s Greatest Gift (from Psalm 27:4) – As we gather in worship this morning, this one thing we ask of the LORD, and this only do we seek: that we may dwell in the presence of the LORD all the days of our lives, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. So, come and worship the Trinitarian God. Come and gaze at the beauty of Christ.
“The Beauty of Christ” by Charles Spurgeon, “The Rose and the Lily” – “My fellow Christians, the Beauty of Christ is so glorious that if we should go into a barn to worship, we would be just as satisfied as being in a cathedral with grained arches and glowing windows. Such is the Beauty of Christ in our eyes, that when we behold him we are quite content to hear of him, without the pealing organ or the swell of Gregorian chants; and we are satisfied in him though there should be no display of taste around us, nothing attractive and scenic, nothing to please our eye or charm our ears. Jesus alone is able to give our minds more than any delightful architecture, poetry, and music could ever profess to give.”
“The Beauty of Christ’s Majesty & Humility” by Jonathan Edwards – Christ possesses such infinite majesty that he alone is able to inspire us with reverence and adoration; yet his kingly majesty does not terrify us, because we behold his majesty blended together with his humility, meekness, and approachability. We may feel the most profound reverence for God and lowliness of self, and yet, instead of shame and fear, our hearts are drawn forth sweetly and powerfully into an intimacy with Christ that is free, confident, and delightful. The dread that is so naturally inspired by his greatness, is cast away when we consider his gentleness and humility. Meanwhile any indifference that might arise from this view of his lovely approachable nature, is prevented by the consciousness of his infinite majesty and glory. So then, the sight of all Christ’s beautiful attributes, united together, fills us with sweet surprise and humble confidence, with reverential love and delightful adoration.
Shem Creek Presbyterian Church (Charlie and DJ Phillips) – This Sunday, August 16 at 10:30pm, the Young Adult class will be traveling to Charleston to show support for Charlie and DJ as Shem Creek launches their first service. They will meeting in the G.M. Darby Building at 302 Pitt Street! The Darby Building was constructed in 1884 as the Berkeley County Courthouse and has since been utilized as a newspaper office, schoolhouse, seminary, town hall, and even a church. It is currently operated by the Town of Mount Pleasant as a recreation building. Please be praying for Charlie, DJ, and Shem Creek!
Also, if you haven’t heard, Charlie and DJ have a little baby boy! Charles Alexander Phillips was born on June 25 at 7:51am, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces. They knew the moment they laid eyes on him that he was an unbelievably precious gift from God! The past 6 weeks have been an adventure to say the least, but Charlie and DJ have been bolstered by the prayers of those who love them.
- Les Pheulpin – Les was taken by ambulance to MUSC yesterday with a high fever and signs of sepsis. He was put on antibiotics all day yesterday and is doing better this morning – better color and more coherent. They will perform emergency surgery today at MUSC to put drains in to help him.
- Sam Hale – please remember Sam Hale and his family in prayer as his brother, Allen, passed away very unexpected this past Sunday morning. The funeral is scheduled for Friday, August 14 @2pm in Wilmington, Delaware.
- Jay & Lynn Herman – undergoing new treatment for prostate cancer
- Sherri Anderson – recuperating from recent hip replacement surgery
- Stan Canter – patient at Myrtle Beach Manor following a recent stroke
- Clelia – (Sam & Dorothy Paul’s daughter) – as she is receiving radiation treatments for cancer
- Debra Strauss – (Art & Arlene Strauss’ daughter) has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), please pray for a miracle for her healing as there is no cure at this time and only God’s great love can save her.
- Sherry Day – scheduled for knee replacement surgery on August 19th
- Lou Smith – praise for healing from recent heart surgery, he and his wife were able to worship with us yesterday, pray for his continued strengthening
- Shirley Harvey – several health issues