On a crisp, clear, sunny Sunday morning, The people of Gospel Light gathered in the sanctuary to praise our Lord and be fed the Word. Leading the praises was the Children’s Choir, lead by Bonnie with Michael on piano, who sang, “Here Am I”. Pastor Giardino called their singing a “great job” and “very powerful”. Dan P. played piano during the offering and the the Adult Choir took the stage to sing, “Jesus Never Fails”. The choir was led by Mateo and Jesenia had the lead part in the singing.
Titling his sermon, “Slippery When Wet”, Pastor Giardino read the main text verse, Job 12:5, “He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.” His story for the sermon was about gambling, card playing men in Macao, China. The young man at the table sang a verse of the hymn, “One Sweetly Solemn Thought”, which profoundly affected the gray-haired man. The old man immediately gave up gambling, becoming a “hard working Christian” and convinced the young man to also renounce gambling and other vices.Pastor G. then placed an hour glass upon the pulpit and said, “the sands of time are sinking … time is no respecter of man”. Just as the gray-haired man explained to the young man in the story, we don’t have much time in life and we should not waste it. Pastor went on to define “slippery” and gave several examples. “Christians are slipping”, he cautioned, in attendance, bible reading, and singing praises. He advised us to maintain a “good footing” by staying in the bible, “in order to keep from slipping” in our Christian walk (refer to Psalm 17:3-5 and Psalm 18:36). Our pastor had time for point 1 in his sermon:
1.) Take Heed: Pastor Giardino said that many saved Christians never get to the second law – How to live a Christian life. Heb 2:1 says “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.” Pastor explained that “lest” is a preventative word. Pastor Giardino said there are “too many slipping, sliding Christians who need to be grounded in God’s Word.” Nevertheless, he explained that we are in good hands with Jesus, we won’t slip out, we won’t lose our salvation.
As 8 is the number of new beginnings, “take heed” is mentioned 8 times in Deuteronomy. Pastor only had time to go through four of them: Duet 4:9, Duet 4:23, Duet 11:14-17, and Duet: 12:13-14. In the course of his reading, he warned that “God’s hand is coming off this country … God wipes out people that worship idols.” This is proven through the bible and history. He also explained the need to go to church and give to the Lord, at “the place that God chooses.”
Next week, Pastor Giardino will continue the sermon with points 2.) Take the Helmet of Salvation and 3.) Take Him as Your Savior. Brother Peter Bard sang at the invitation with Michael accompanying him on piano.
* The Sunday evening service was to have seen several young people baptized and Part II of the pastor’s series on Tough Faith.