As is always the case at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church, a small church that has a large well of musical talent, our service was lead by outstanding performances. During the offering, Evay Spurgeon played the piano beautifully. This was followed by Julia and Grayson with banjo singing their harmonic rendition of “On the seas of Galilee”. Praise God for the talent He has blessed us with at Gospel Light.
The title of Pastor Giardino’s sermon this Sunday morning was “Seeking Goodly Pearls”. We started off with reading Matt 13:45-46, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” Jesus is speaking of pearls being people, for whom He gave all. “The merchant man is the Lord Jesus Christ”, Pastor instructed. Pastor Giardino told us the story of the fabled Pearl of Asia to give us an idea of the great value of pearls. And Jesus shows us that, just as there is great value in pearls, so there is great value in souls.
In Romans 9:1-3, Paul has heartfelt compassion and “great heaviness” for his own people; he knew the value of a soul. “What drove Paul in his missionary travels?”, asked our pastor. Souls drove him; Paul did “everything in his power to reach people for Christ.” Pastor Giardino had a picture of a pearl diver projected on the screen. The diver was fully outfitted at the bottom of the sea with an air hose using a magnifying glass and knife to open oyster shells and look for pearls. Pastor stated that this is like “the Lord Jesus Christ going the distance to save your soul.”
Unlike most other gems, a pearl is an organism gem, a “secretion or irritation in the oyster shell”, explained our pastor. We are like the oyster, where God finds value in our soul. For many Christians, our perspective is wrong. We think we found God. But “no!”, said Pastor Giardino, Christ reached down and saw imperfection, but found beauty in us; Christ found us. “Our perspective is wrong and that’s why we need to put our nose in the book’, Pastor implored, “to see things like God sees things.” To illustrate the difference in perspective, pastor told the story of the CEO and his wife at a gas station. The gas station attendant had once dated the CEO’s wife. The CEO stated that his wife was lucky to have married him or she would have been the wife of a gas station attendant. To which the wife replied, no, the attendant would be a CEO had she married him, and he would be the station attendant. Two opposite perspectives.
“It takes takes someone to get down into the muck” of life, Pastor Giardino admonishes us, “fish where the fish are, take to the streets, get in their face,” to find lost souls. “It takes a holy merchant to reach them. I Peter 5:8 says the devil is seeking whom he will devour. The merchant man is also seeking but competing with the devil. “Don’t let your guard down,” Pastor advised. Just as the diver did not touch the water, we must be “insulated from sin.”
Point 1 of Pastor’s message was Pearl’s Paradox. Isaiah 61:10-11 paints a picture of a wedding where the bridegroom is Christ and the bride is the church. The “bride adorneth herself with her jewels”, Isaiah 61:10, is a picture of purity in the bride. Rev 21:2 says, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”, which is another picture of the bride of Christ. The paradox is found in Rev 17:4-5, where the devil’s imitation of the bride is described, “full of abominations and filthiness”. “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Rev 17:5
Please note: Pastor’s message will be continued in three weeks (Sunday July 18.). Next Sunday, July 4, is our Patriotic themed morning service and Sunday, July 11, we are hosting Brother Jeff Faggart.