This Sunday, January 13, we join together in worship to celebrate the Baptism of the Lord and begin a new sermon series in which will explore Paul’s letter from prison to the Philippians and the lessons it teaches us about faith.
When we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord is a time we not only remember Jesus’ baptism, but we celebrate our own: the baptism we share with Christ.
The service will include warm greetings, fine musical contributions, prayer, a children’s talk, a reading from Philippians 1:1-14 and the sermon A Letter from Prison: Circumstances.
The determination of faith is not in the circumstances. Faith interprets the circumstances of life.
Rev. David J. Hanna will be preaching.
Sermon Series: A Letter from Prison
Philippi was a small city in the first century CE, a stop on one of the main East-West roads in the Roman Empire. The city flourished initially because of gold mines but by the first century was largely an agricultural center. Since Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians from prison, it’s not too surprising to find the overall theme to be the persistence of faith.
A pastor friend, Dr. Norman Pritchard, wrote a small book about the Letter to the Philippians entitled, The Persistence of Faith. In it, Norman writes, “It is clear that the people to whom Paul is writing were particularly close to the apostle and this gives the letter a very special place in the New Testament correspondence.” It is a personal letter from prison between a pastor and a people of faith. By studying this Pauline letter, we will discover some important faith lessons.