October 20, 2019
Sermon Title: When the "Fasten Your Seatbelt light comes on"
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Acts 17:11; Colossians 4:3-4; Acts 2:42
Scripture Text: Philippians 4:4-7
4 "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice"
5 "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand."
6 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
7 "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
When the "Fasten Your Seatbelt light comes on"
When the fasten seatbelt sign comes on, it means one of three things:
You are taking off, landing, or experiencing turbulence.
All three are critical times during a flight. Why? Because all three are transitions. In the case of taking off, we know what to expect. Landing, we know what to expect. But in mid-flight, when the fasten seatbelt sign comes on, you just don’t know.
The good news is . . .
Point 1. Most of what we are given in the Scriptures was written in an environment of uncertainty.
This book (the Bible) is not filled with feel-good messages for a world we don't live in. Here we find God speaking directly into uncertain times. Maybe more comforting, we see God's hand in the midst of uncertainty..
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Point 2. Paul, from prison, instructs us to pray in times of uncertainty.
After being shipwrecked in Malta, Paul arrives in Rome during the reign of Nero. Not a good time for a Christian to be in Rome. He is writing to a church 700 miles away -- four months travel.
Point 3. Prayer isn't about changing things. Prayer is about being changed..
Changed to trust the Father with the things only he can control.
What is your greatest concern right now?
What are you afraid will happen?
Say this, "Lord, if ______happens, I'm afraid ______.
There in your fear is the request you must make known to and hand off to God."
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