We had a blessed day of worship yesterday at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church.
During our 10:30 service, we had Parent-Child Dedications for six families. Always a joy!
As always, I am grateful for our guests who joined us in worship.
I preached from Ephesians 1:7-10. I called the message, “The Blessing of Redemption in Christ.”
The point of the message was this: Praise God for blessing us with redemption in Christ.
There were two major sections to the message:
- The present blessings of redemption in Christ (1:7-8)
- The future blessings of redemption in Christ (1:9-10)
Redemption is an important and precious Christian term that deserves more attention!
I am really struggling not to go slower in my study of the Hymn of Grace (Eph. 1:3-14). There is really a message in verse 7 alone. However, I don’t to micro-analyze this passage. But this is a great passage that is worthy of close examination.
In other news… I tried out an over-the-ear microphone. Butt would not stay on my ear right. I’m sure it looked like I was shooing away a fly during the sermon!
My friend, Charlie Dates, who serves the Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago, dropped in on our first service. And I drafted him to preach the second service. His message, “Hallelujah, Anyhow” (Psalm 146) was both challenging and encouraging.
Praise God for those who were saved and added to the church!
I led the special music with the choir yesterday. We did on of Pastor Joe Pace’s number, “So Good.” I will have to wait until staff meeting this week to find out if I have been permanently fired from the music department.
HBC3 and I took Hailey to see the Lego moving last night. Hailey really enjoyed the meeting. H.B. and I got a really good nap.
I did not see one moment of the NBC All-Star Game. Did I miss anything?
How was your Sunday?
The Most Important Commandment
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. – Mark 12:28-34 Armies win…