Sunday morning service: 07-18-10

Pastor Giardino made a few announcements this morning that we will happily pass along here:

1. Volunteers are needed throughout the week for the Teen/Game Room project. The room will be completely refurbished and handymen are needed. Many hands make quick work.

2. The new Gospel Light Book Store was re-introduced. The new shelves are in, the product prices are low, and many items were recommended.

3. Valerie was presented with a new pen as a thank you for her “tenacity” at the Gay Pride Parade.

Our special music this morning was the quartet of Lori, Julia, Bonnie, and Melodie singing “I will hasten to him”. Could harmony be more beautifully done?

Our Pastor continued with his series on “Seeking Goodly Pearls”. As we at Gospel Light have so very much come to expect, much energy and passion pervaded our Pastor’s preaching. It is never easy to convey this in a written summary. Nevertheless, the key passages for the sermon were Matt 13:44-46. Starting out with a true missionary story, Pastor Giardino was able to emphasize the significance of God’s offer of salvation “at no charge”. The old Hindu diver in the story came to realize that, just as his son’s pearl, which was obtained at the cost of his son’s life, was too valuable to have a price, so also is our eternal salvation so invaluable that it can not be bought.

Pastor Giardino made the analogy of the “pearl of great price” being the church full of souls. Four main points were presented: (1) Pearl’s Paradox – The oyster is at the bottom of the ocean, but there is something beautiful to be gained within. So it is with the lost, who may be at the bottom of life, but have a most beautiful soul to be won. (2) Pearl’s Price – This referred to the what Jesus had to endure to win our souls. He is the “merchant man, seeking goodly pearls” referred to in the passages. (3) Pearl’s Purity – Just as a pearl can wear out and lose its luster, so may a Christian wear out. And just as a pearl must be maintained by washing it, so should we sanctify ourselves regularly with the Word of God. (4) Pearl’s People – Paul speaking to the Corinthians said, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Cor 1:10 So should we be unified as a church, having the same spirit of faith.

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