While speaking about this Saturday’s Men’s Prayer Breakfast, Pastor Giardino ask Jeremiah, who happened to be sitting in the back row, “What is on the menu?” “Grease”, answered Jeremiah matter-of-fact like, “pork sausage, gravy, and biscuits.” Eric Capaci will be the preacher that morning, Oct 16th at 9:30 A.M.
Our music special was indeed special. Grayson, once again with guitar in hand, led the singing with the two wonderful voices of the Derefinko daughters. The threesome sang a story about two little girls who were able to resist temptation, a story written by the Clark Family.Pastor Giardino began his sermon by reading Rom 8:35-39, which details the perils that Paul endured, none of which was able to separate him from the love of God. As Pastor often does in his sermons, he draws an analogy to make his points. This sermon’s analogy was that of galvanized steel, made durable and tough by its zinc coating. Similarly then, the apostle Paul had a tough faith, made durable by bond of Christ. It is the love of Christ that should “constrain” us so, like Paul, we also could go through anything for Him (IICor 5:14-15).
Paul said that “we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope” Rom 5:3-4. “Sometimes a Christian has to go through things to get a galvanized coating to toughen us”, explained our pastor. In II Cor 11:21-30, Paul again speaks about all he had been through, yet he said, “If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.” Pastor Giardino also used Jeremiah 23:9-15 and Ezekiel 3:7-9 to demonstrate the toughness of these two Old Testament prophets.
Pastor urged, “Don’t lose your heart, the love of Christ will help you endure.” He made two points to close his sermon:
1.) You need to be galvanized to forbear – There are times when you have to put up with others, even other Christians. “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Eph 4:2-3.
2.) You need to be galvanized to fight – The apostle Paul was on the radar; he was on the hit list of evil spirits. Because of his toughness, he prevailed. Pastor Giardino wants us to be aware that “there is a fight going on” against “spiritual wickedness in high places.”