The Parable of the Sower – Paul Torrey

2020-7-12 Main Sermon
Paul Torrey, Stated Clerk of Trinity Presbytery
In times of economic stress and uncertainty, the tendency is to focus on ourselves and pull in and save for future circumstances.
In some ways it seems the parable shows irresponsible actions by the sower. Many seeds are not cast in the best areas. However, there are small changes and improvements from those seeds that seem to be wasted.
God’s reckless abandon in casting seeds is in stark contrast to our striving for control. Surprised by joy when seeds sprout in unexpected places.
God’s abundant grace and extravagant mercy. Rejoice when the harvest comes.
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The Role of Officers – Herb Codington

2020-7-5 Main Sermon
Titus 1:1-4, 1 and 2 Timothy
The role of officers and the relationship between church and state
Paul passing on the baton to Titus.
Struggles with hypocrisy. Church is God’s service dept., not His showroom. Paul to his fellow workers is setting up a “service dept.” on Crete.
Who are you and why are you here in God’s economy of things?
Not Paul’s idea to be an apostle of Jesus Christ. He was called by Christ to be a proclaimer of the truth.
The best leaders are themselves servants. Our lives are a submission to God’s will. Paul – a servant of God.
Why does God choose us?
1 – to model community in harmony, unity and fellowship (a reflection of the Kingdom of God) Hebrews 10:25
2 – to show His sovereign power (the Exodus & Wilderness experience)
3 – to demonstrate and to be an exhibit to His incredible grace
4 – to show what it means to belong to Him (to be a follower)
The Elect are marked by faith, knowledge and godliness
Greek meaning of godliness – to tremble before God
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Followers Transitioning Through Leaders – Philip Codington

6-28-20 Main Sermon
1 and 2 Samuel
1 Samuel 18:5-9 – Don’t compare. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Our models on earth are flawed.
Matthew 5:18 – Compare yourself to Jesus Christ. As a model, we fall short but God is committed to getting us there
1 Samuel 16:1, 6 & 7 – Focus not on the outward appearance but on the heart.
Philemon 3:7&8 – A resume is nothing compared to knowing Christ. How well does the leader know Christ? Ask for God’s guidance to see the Fruits of the Spirit. Looking for God’s heart in our leaders.
2 Samuel 15:13&14, 16:5-14
Psalm 62 – Heartache of being a leader
Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens
2 Samuel 7:3 – Support your leaders by not chasing success
Our church model should be an obedient church that follows God’s voice.
2 Samuel 23:8-39 – A strong leader needs strong counselors and advisors who are seeking the Lord too.
1 Samuel 15:24 – Do in the Lord’s timing. Biggest problem with Western churches – in a hurry.
2 Samuel 7:2, 12 & 13
New leadership can be successful in new ways – David and Solomon
Ephesians 4:2-6
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Paul’s Spiritual Legacy – Meg Marley

2020-6-21 Sermon
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Paul’s letters gave instruction and guidance to churches he had visited.
Paul in letter to Timothy – spiritual legacy instructed unto him. Timothy is Paul’s spiritual son.
A letter of love, practice advice and encouragement to send and use the gifts God has given him.
Paul preaching Gospel even in the shadow of imprisonment.
Spiritual legacy instructed to us as well to share Gospel with other, to care for His Church.
Act in the power of love and self-discipline, trusting in God’s power. We are called by God not because of anything we’ve done but because of His spirit and grace.
Church always one generation away from extinction.
The Good News should be evident in the way you live.
God’s love given to us before the beginning of time and revealed in the life and message of Jesus Christ.
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Power in the Names of God – Herb Codington

2020-6-7 Main Sermon
Malachi 1:1-5
Nicknames can have greater power than our given name because they can better reflect /represent who we are, especially when God gives us the name (Revelation 2:17)
Certain names for God used in certain places. God revealing Himself through names.
God’s names carry content and carries power.
Yahweh used 6800 times in Old Testament.
Exodus 3:13-14 – I AM WHO I AM
In Malachi God says to His people – I love you. His name for us also carries conviction because His people have not lived up to their covenant with God.
Yahweh Sabaoth – to wage war
Lord Almighty – post exilic personal
I Samuel 17:45 – David vs. Goliath – reminding His people that He is their power – a covenant maker and keeper
What does it mean for me?
Knowing the name helps you understand the message conveyed (tone and content)
Knowing the name is our salvation (experiential knowledge) – John 17: 3, 6, 26
Jesus reveals the essence of the Father
Knowing the name helps us glorify Him
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In Troubled Times – Herb Codington

2020-5-31 Main Sermon
A passage is not always for you but for someone for whom you are praying.
The Mighty Maker – watches, guards, keeps
Pilgrims said this psalm on their way to Jerusalem for the annual feast. The way was always easy or safe.
Mountains are dear to the people of Israel – jogging their memories about the mighty acts of God.
Mountains are also places of many temptations to stray from God.
Allure of money, sex and power.
God’s disappointment if we are led astray.
One of God’s names – The Maker (Nicene Creed) of all that is, who watches over me.
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The Ascension of Christ – Meg Marley

2020-5-24 – Main Sermon
Luke 24:44-53
Jesus’ ascension into Heaven opens up the mind to God’s Word.
Jesus is more than a teacher; He’s a living example.
Disciples are more than students; they are learning to be more like Jesus.
We teach what we know but we reproduce what we are.
Their desire is to be like God so others would be like God.
Knowing, teaching and living out God’s word.
We believe in forgiveness but do we actually forgive?
We say that God is love and He wants us to love each other but do we love others?
Start with the place where God has put you.
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In Times of Distress – Herb Codington

2020-5-17 Main Sermon
Psalm 123 – a psalm or prayer of distress
Mental attitudes or postures of the psalmist
• humility, dependency, inadequacy. Gratitude comes out of humility. We come humbly before the one who is all-sufficient, Micah 6:8
• trust in God as the source of mercy. It’s not our sufficiency but God’s mercy – a simple, confident trust.
• a belief that God will act and we keep believing until He does act. Always pray and not give up. Are we embracing God’s promises?
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God’s People in Time of Crisis – Herb Codington

2020-5-10 Main Sermon
Nehemiah 1:1-11
Nehemiah – an activist – rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem
but also a man of prayer – 12 references to prayer in the book
What does his prayer tell us about Nehemiah’s (my) God?
• supreme or transcendent Creator (great and awe-inspiring God)
• a covenant-making and -keeping God with tenderness, care and mercy
• trustworthy, a God of Truth
Nehemiah’s prayer
• prayer of emotion – feelings can serve as a barometer for our spirit
• prayer of concern
• prayer of corporate responsibility – identifies with the sins of others
• prayer of remembrance
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What Do We Mean by The Body of Christ? – Herb Codington

2020-5-3 Main Sermon
Ruth 1:6-9, Luke 19:44, Proverbs 22:6
God is sovereign. Wherever His people are, He is.
God is the initiator – demonstrating His power through blessing or judgment.
Naomi –
1.) Remembers
2.) Returns (responds to God’s call)
3.) Prays
God is speaking. Are we listening?

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