FROM YOUR PASTOR

NEEDS AND ABILITIES

 “ And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”  [II Corinthians 9:8]

Part of my faith is that God does not ask of us things we are not able to do. I believe that when God gives us a need, he gives us the ability to satisfy that need. The call of God to do a thing is a kind of guarantee that it can be done. My first try at learning Hebrew was pretty much a failure, but when I found out it was necessary for ordination, I retook the course and got an “A”. When the need is clear, the ability also becomes clear.

I am more and more convinced that it is time this church had a full-time, installed pastor. The pastoral needs alone, the needs for hospital and illness visitation, require full-time attention. Developing the ministries of education, youth work, and outreach demand hours and days and weeks of focused work. There are no short-cuts, no abbreviated version of these tasks. These are full time needs that must be addressed in a full-time manner.

This fall, I will be holding up the need for a full-time pastor as the goal of our stewardship season. If each of us does our best to achieve that goal, it will happen.  When God gives a need, he gives the ability to meet it.

I am a retired, part-time, stated supply pastor. As much as I love this church and its people, I cannot meet its needs today, much less as it grows into a larger congregation. I believe we have a God-given need to dream of the day when there will be someone available five days a week to meet the needs of this church and I believe we have the God-given ability to meet that need. Please join me in making this a matter of prayer and discernment as we seek the future God has prepared for this church.

                                                                                               Dr. Chip
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            Dr Chip's Sermon July 14, 2019

“The Spiritual Journey”

Luke 4:1-13

            "I continue to think about what we are doing when we come here week after week. Our worship is ritualized, that is we do the same things over and over. What is the point? What is happening? Why do we do these things?

            At the most basic level, we come here to give and to get. We come to give praise and honor to God for sustaining our life, for meeting our needs, and for giving us hope in the future. We sing a hymn for the forgiveness of sins and the offering is brought forward to the Doxology, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” But even as we give praise and honor, we hope to get something. We come hoping to claim some sense of who God is and what we can expect from him and most importantly, what he expects from us. And so we read scripture for some clue as to what our life should be like. Whenever we read and hear the text, there is the implicit question, "What does this have to do with me?"

          A story like the temptation of Jesus seems remote from our life and our needs, but I want to suggest that it is nothing less than the model of the Christian life. The text says he is led out by the Spirit, that is by the presence of God. These are the temptations of one who is filled with the presence of God. Notice also that there is only one way this story could have gotten in the gospel. Jesus had to tell it to his friends. No one else was a witness to the events. He gives it to us as a model of what we can expect as we make our spiritual journey.

          If we look at the three temptations and ask if they are similar in any way, we find there is a common theme. They are all attempts to use God for selfish ends.

·       Tum these stones into bread – It is the temptation to use God for economic advantage. The besetting sin of Israel was that she believed worshiping God would bring her prosperity. When we sing, “God bless America,” we must be careful to remember we are asking for his presence in our midst. We are not praying for material abundance.

·       Accept political power – The temptation is to identify God with a particular nation or cause or political party. Such judgments are always infected with self-interest. The will of God cannot be reduced to specific historical causes. When Jesus says, “My kingdom is not of this world,” he means it. When political leaders try to use God to bolster their own agenda, they are guilty of the second temptation. 

·       Jump off the temple – This is the attempt to use God for personal safety. Protect us from cancer and car wrecks and coronaries. I will worship you if you will keep me safe and my loved ones also.

        Jesus is already filled with the Holy Spirit and yet these temptations are present. How much more likely are they to be present with in us.

        If the temptations have a common thread, do the replies also have a common element. Yes. Obedience, not privilege

·            We do not live by physical abundance, but by the presence of God. Life, as it was meant to be lived,     True worship depends on God, not the things of this world.

·           Worship belongs to God, not the political system. Our first loyalty is to the God who judges the nations, who presides over the rise and fall of empires. The transcendent will of the living God cannot be reduced to historical causes and so we judge the agendas of politicians and governments in terms of God’s demand for ethical behavior. “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” So writes the prophet Amos.

·          Do not equate the love of God with personal protection. Obedience means practicing humility before the purposes of God. The question is not, “What do we want from God?” The question is, “What does God want from us?” Are we living out his will for our lives? “My job is to do the will of God. God’s job is to take care of me. He won’t do my job for me, and I can’t do his job for him.”

        These are the temptations that beset us. This is where we live. The spiritual life is to keep in check the self-centeredness that is our creaturely nature.

     The passage ends, "The devil withdrew until an opportune time." There is one more event that Jesus must have given his disciples. Alone in the garden of Gethsemane, he prays, "let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not my will but thine be done".












        





Welcome to YPPC!
5931 North Murray Dr.
Hanahan, SC  29410
Telephone # (843) 744-2268
Email: YPPC456@gmail.com

Rev. Dr. William F. (Chip) Summers

Worship Service: 11:00am, Sunday, July 21, 2019. 

Rev. Matt Litchfield will deliver the sermon this Sunday.

Sermon:  "I Choose You"

Scripture: Deuteronomy
7:6-9; Corinthians 14:4-8 
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS - Meets at 9:45am each Sunday.   

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CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL – 10:00 - 10:45am. We have two multi-age children’s classes. The younger children meet in the nursery and the older children meet in the former choir room.
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Several of Dr Chip's previous sermons are on the Worship Page of this website.
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Ten new members have joined YPPC in 2019.