Glorified!

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I’ve always jokingly wished that I would get a new body. An upgrade. Something more Chris Pratt-like (“Guardians” Chris Pratt. Not “Parks and Rec” Chris Pratt).

But if I truly believe that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, then I choose to believe that in my glorified body I will look and be exactly as God intended for me to look and be, without the negative effects of age, disease, pollution, decay, environment, athlete’s foot, and Klondike bars. And somehow, in a way I can’t even fathom, it will be glorious yet still recognizable as me. And people will look at me and say, “my God.” Not in the casual, flippant, offhandedly blasphemous way we use that phrase today, but in a way that expresses awestruck wonder for the God that could resurrect such beauty from such ashes. People will recognize me, but they will recognize Christ in me with none of the flaws that distort and hide Him. And the only thing that will keep them from falling to their knees on the spot is that Christ will be seen in everyone else as well. And maybe the reason we will not grow tired of worshiping the resurrected Christ, even when we’ve been there ten Thousand years, (bright shining as the sun), is that we will experience him in ten thousand million different ways, expressed through every unique, glorified saint.

From the Pastor, February 4

pied_piperYou’ve heard the phrase, “It’s time to pay the piper.” There’s some dispute on the origin of the phrase. One theory is that it comes from the story of the Pied Piper, who was promised payment by the village of Hamelin to get rid of all the rats in the village by playing them a tune. When the village refused to pay, the piper lured all their children away with the same tune. (I guess the moral of the story is that children and rodents are both attracted by the same things). Another source says the saying comes from the practice of paying the musicians at the end of a gig. If you enjoyed dancing to the music, there comes a time to pay the piper.

Regardless of the origin of the story, there is truth to the meaning. If you make a promise, you need to pay. And if you have enjoyed the music, you have to pay.

In our church, both of these are true. We approved an aggressive, forward-looking budget for 2018. A budget is basically a promise that an organization makes. And with this promise comes the possibility for a lot of great ministry for our church and our neighbors. Mission trips. Community outreach. Evangelism initiatives. Exciting stuff. But in order to fulfill that promise, we need a certain amount of revenue each week. So far in 2018, we have fallen short of that revenue target each week. Not by much, but a weekly shortfall will add up over the long haul.  So, in order to fulfill our promise, we need to pay the piper.

It is a genuinely exciting time to be at Glynwood. I am still basking in the afterglow of our Founder’s Day service, where Glenn Brock reminded us of our roots as a church. But there is a sense that we are getting focused on the future. Response to the “This is Us” sermon series on Sunday mornings has been really, really encouraging. After every service, I’ve heard enthusiastic responses from people who want to do something with what they are hearing. Community outreach. Block parties. More worship services. Increased focus on meeting the needs of both church members and folks in our community. It seems as though people are dancing to the music! So again, we need to pay the piper.

Our Fourth G, which you heard about this weekend, is We Share our Gifts. You will hear a lot about stewardship of our time, talents, and treasure. Let’s be a people who are rich in generosity because we serve a Savior who has richly blessed us!

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

–2 Corinthians 8:9

 

Joy in the Journey!

James

This is Us, #4: Sharing Our Gifts

When Paul said “Command those who are rich,” he wasn’t really talking about me…was he?

February 4, 2018, Glynwood Baptist Church, Prattville, AL

James Jackson, Lead Pastor

Text: 1 Timothy 6:17-19

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What Mean These Stones?

If you have more memories than dreams, you are looking in the wrong direction.

Sermon preached by Rev. Glenn Brock, January 21, 2018

Glynwood Baptist Church, Prattville Alabama

Text: Joshua 4

Our church, Glynwood Baptist Church, was constituted on January 20, 1991. On January 21, 2018, we celebrated our 27th anniversary. We baptized five people. Diane Causey, one of our charter members, read the history of the church. And Mel Johnson, Director of Missions for the Autauga Baptist Association, led the opening prayer. Following the worship service, we shared lunch together as a church family. It was a great day!

 

Five G’s #2: Strengthened in Groups

In one day in the early church, three thousand people got saved. Now what?

Sermon preached January 14, 2018, Glynwood Baptist Church, Prattville, AL

James Jackson, lead pastor

Text: Acts 2:42-47

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Bonus links: Read Eric Geiger’s blog post on iGen:Who Are the iGeneration and What Does the Research Tell Us?

Also, I didn’t get to this in the sermon, but another really helpful article that I found while preparing for this sermon was this from the Washington Post:

Want Millenials Back in the Pews? Stop Trying to Make Church ‘Cool’

Unto Us, #3: Eternal Father

What it means that God is our eternal Father, and why your earthly father has everything and nothing to do with it.

December 24, 2017, Glynwood Baptist Church, Prattville, AL

James Jackson, Lead Pastor

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