“Quotes on Spiritual Gifting and Service”, Pastor Tom Holliday, APC sermon notes (Kingdom hearts, perspective, serving God)

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Note to myself: This amazing sermon was given less than two months before the pandemic. The gifting from God was to equip each listener in future months. And in years to come. We learn that our lives are not about ourselves and we cannot control today or tomorrow. We can walk in the grace of God leaning on His Strength alone. We can become a people desperate for God, people that Pray and love with Kingdom Hearts. And surely- we need Church, all of our Churches everywhere!

Notes on Spiritual Gifting with Pastor Tom Holliday

(Alexandria Presbyterian Church) Sermon Quotes and Notes from Sunday 1.19.20, for a deeper dive, all sermons are on the Sermon Media Page.  

Welcome. These notes were written while listening so there may be some slight differences in the wording. I recommend the link at the end if you enjoy these quotes. I hear so many of the themes in the scripture.

The verses were identified throughout the sermon in addition to these quotes so that we could each make the connections to scripture. I was writing but my heart was sparkling with a big “yes, this is who we are, this is what I need to be reminded of, this is scripture –  and here are some quotes that wake my heart in a joyful way!”

Sermon, “Serving God and others with our Gifts” Pastor Tom Holliday

1 Peter 4:7-11 Scripture

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

“Let your spiritual calling be the height of your future.

“Don’t judge your future by your past. Experience is not our barometer.”

“God says, show me what you are capable of.

“Get in the game. Make a difference in His Kingdom.”

“The verb is ‘receive’. We have received gifts from God. They are to be used for His Glory and with His Strength.”

“You will not, or may not see most of the fruits of your ministry in this life. If you need to see it in this life, if you are living for praise; if you need to be propped up; if you need it for your identity – you will suffer.”

“We are blessed so that we might be a blessing to others.”

“When we don’t use our Spiritual gifts, they atrophy just like muscles that are not used. Sometimes we need a spiritual surgery to save our hearts, to renew us and to give us “spiritual physical therapy” so that we are more able to serve God.”

“What is living in light of His Second Coming? Why must we be sober-minded? The Bridegroom is Coming. Your life is not about you, it is about His Glory.”

“We are all given spiritual gifts but the power and strength to serve are from God. We are the stewards of these gifts. As stewards, we will need to account for how these gifts have been spent. The gifts are spent only by God’s strength, not on our own. When we try to use our own strength we become stressed, depleted, discouraged.”

“Make your life count.”

“Pray. Make me desperate God. (for You) He will answer that prayer.”

“Love each other deeply. Constantly.”

Don’t be easily offended. Don’t be a baby Christian.”

“This is God’s Grace. He has forgiven you. God stretches our love. Have perspective. Have Kingdom Hearts.”

 

“Put down your scorecard and pick up your gifts.

“Kingdom Power comes from Kingdom Hearts.”

“Don’t say I can’t, say I won’t.”

The Body of Christian Service looks like Joseph and his coat of many colors. Play your position and play it well.”

“Ask God to give you Joy. Ask him to give you Peace. Ask, the Power of the Holy Spirit.”

“Pray.”

( This Sermon was on 1//19/20. If you would like to hear more go to Alexandria Presbyterian Church Sermon Archives),

After the sermon ended we stood up and sang one of my favorite songs — (Take my Life and make it Yours…)

“Isaiah 59.21 The Covenant of The Redeemer”, Commentary by Albert Barnes

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Isaiah 59:21 — “And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and forevermore.”

Commentary by Albert Barnes

As for me – In the previous part of the chapter, the prophet has spoken. Here Yahweh is introduced as speaking himself, and as declaring the nature of the covenant which he would establish. In the verse previous, it had been stated that the qualifications on the part of people for their partaking of the benefits of the Redeemer‘s work, were, that they should turn from transgression. In this verse, Yahweh states what he would do in regard to the covenant which was to be established with his people. ‹So far as I am concerned, I will enter into a covenant with them and with their children.‘

This is my covenant with them – (Compare the notes at Isaiah 42:6Isaiah 49:8Isaiah 54:10). The covenant here referred to, is that made with people under the Messiah. In important respects it differed from that made with the Jewish people under Moses.

The word, ‹covenant‘ here is evidently equivalent, as it is commonly, when applied to When it is said, ‹this is my covenant,‘ the import evidently is, ‹this is the nature or the tenure of my covenant, or of my solemn promises to my people under the Messiah. It shall certainly occur that my Spirit will be continually imparted to thy seed, and that my words will abide with thee and them forever.‘

My Spirit that is upon thee – The word ‹thee‘ here does not refer, as Jerome and others suppose, to the prophet, but to the pious Hebrew people. The covenant under the Messiah, was not made especially with the prophet or his posterity, but is a promise made to the church, and here evidently refers to the true people of God: and the idea is, that the Spirit of God would be continually imparted to his people, and to their descendants forever. It is a covenant made with true believers and with their children.

And my words – The Chaldee understands this of prophecy. But it seems rather to refer to the truth of God in general which he had revealed for the guidance and instruction of his church.

Shall not depart out of thy mouth – This phrase probably means, that the truth of God would be the subject of perpetual meditation and conversation. The covenant would be deemed so precious that it would constantly dwell on the tongues of those who were interested in it.

Thy seed‘s seed – Thy descendants; thy posterity.

From henceforth and for ever – This is in accordance with the promises which everywhere occur in the Scriptures, that God would bless the posterity of his people, and that the children of the pious should partake of his favor.

See Exodus 20:6: ‹Showing mercy unto thousands (that is, thousands of generations) of them that love me and keep my commandments.‘ Compare Deuteronomy 4:37Deuteronomy 5:29Deuteronomy 7:9Psalm 89:24Psalm 89:36Jeremiah 32:39-40.

There is no promise of the Bible that is more full of consolation to the pious, or that has been more strikingly fulfilled than this. And though it is true that not all the children of holy parents become truly pious; though there are instances where they are signally wicked and abandoned, yet it is also true that rich spiritual blessings are imparted to the posterity of those who serve God and who keep his commandments.

“Quotes on Spiritual Gifting and Service”, Pastor Tom Holliday, APC sermon notes (Kingdom hearts, perspective, serving God)

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Note to myself: This amazing sermon was given less than two months before the pandemic. The gifting from God was to equip each listener in future months. And in years to come. We learn that our lives are not about ourselves and we cannot control today or tomorrow. We can walk in the grace of God leaning on His Strength alone. We can become a people desperate for God, people that Pray and love with Kingdom Hearts. And surely- we need Church, all of our Churches everywhere!

Notes on Spiritual Gifting with Pastor Tom Holliday

(Alexandria Presbyterian Church) Sermon Quotes and Notes from Sunday 1.19.20, for a deeper dive, all sermons are on the Sermon Media Page.  

Welcome. These notes were written while listening so there may be some slight differences in the wording. I recommend the link at the end if you enjoy these quotes. I hear so many of the themes in the scripture.

The verses were identified throughout the sermon in addition to these quotes so that we could each make the connections to scripture. I was writing but my heart was sparkling with a big “yes, this is who we are, this is what I need to be reminded of, this is scripture –  and here are some quotes that wake my heart in a joyful way!”

Sermon, “Serving God and others with our Gifts” Pastor Tom Holliday

1 Peter 4:7-11 Scripture

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

“Let your spiritual calling be the height of your future.

“Don’t judge your future by your past. Experience is not our barometer.”

“God says, show me what you are capable of.

“Get in the game. Make a difference in His Kingdom.”

“The verb is ‘receive’. We have received gifts from God. They are to be used for His Glory and with His Strength.”

“You will not, or may not see most of the fruits of your ministry in this life. If you need to see it in this life, if you are living for praise; if you need to be propped up; if you need it for your identity – you will suffer.”

“We are blessed so that we might be a blessing to others.”

“When we don’t use our Spiritual gifts, they atrophy just like muscles that are not used. Sometimes we need a spiritual surgery to save our hearts, to renew us and to give us “spiritual physical therapy” so that we are more able to serve God.”

“What is living in light of His Second Coming? Why must we be sober-minded? The Bridegroom is Coming. Your life is not about you, it is about His Glory.”

“We are all given spiritual gifts but the power and strength to serve are from God. We are the stewards of these gifts. As stewards, we will need to account for how these gifts have been spent. The gifts are spent only by God’s strength, not on our own. When we try to use our own strength we become stressed, depleted, discouraged.”

“Make your life count.”

“Pray. Make me desperate God. (for You) He will answer that prayer.”

“Love each other deeply. Constantly.”

Don’t be easily offended. Don’t be a baby Christian.”

“This is God’s Grace. He has forgiven you. God stretches our love. Have perspective. Have Kingdom Hearts.”

 

“Put down your scorecard and pick up your gifts.

“Kingdom Power comes from Kingdom Hearts.”

“Don’t say I can’t, say I won’t.”

The Body of Christian Service looks like Joseph and his coat of many colors. Play your position and play it well.”

“Ask God to give you Joy. Ask him to give you Peace. Ask, the Power of the Holy Spirit.”

“Pray.”

( This Sermon was on 1//19/20. If you would like to hear more go to Alexandria Presbyterian Church Sermon Archives),

After the sermon ended we stood up and sang one of my favorite songs — (Take my Life and make it Yours…)