The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled. The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalms 77:16-20. This was Pastor Giardino’s key verse for Sunday morning’s sermon. The following are points from his sermon taken from my dear wife’s handwritten notes:
Some churches are like a ship with sails but with no wind driving them. They are all looks but they are lacking wind. The Spirit of God is not moving them.
This is the season people speak of a Christmas Spirit, but is this the Holy Spirit? Maybe not, but there are many who do have the genuine Spirit of God in their hearts at this time of year. What type of Spirit are you filled with: Holy or Seasonal?
Pastor asked, “What would it take to drive you to God?” Hard times? Do we wane when the hard times leave? Too many Christians today are just “Sunday morning Christians”. Too many churches are just Sunday morning churches.
- The Water – God is in control. Read Psalms 65:5-7 and Mark 4:35-41. God wants love to flow through us. Read I John 4:17-19. Christian life is like a lock on the canal. We need to go from one level of Christianity to another. We need to grow. Read Prov 30:18.
- The Wonder – The way of an eagle that hangs majestically in the air, but leaves no trace. The way of a serpent leaving no trace on a rock. A ship in a sea leaves a wake that quickly disappears. If we were to die right now, would we leave a trace? What mark would you leave on the world? “Life is like a vapor” our pastor said. Read James 4:14.
- The Wake – Pastor Giardino implores us to be caught up with the Holy Spirit, not only to grow and thrive as Christians, but to be able to go forth into the world and win souls for Christ. With the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, Pastor reminds us, you are never alone.