Look: God of Wonders Sermon Preview

 

Well, VBS week is nearly here at Wildwood!  I LOVE this week every year.  It is a tangible expression and celebration of our investment in being FOR the Church, For the Community, For the Nations, and For the Next Generation following Jesus together to the glory of God.  What a blessing!

  • We are “For the Church” in that VBS is a discipleship vehicle for the 300 Wildwood members who serve and use their gifts during this week.
  • We are “For the Community” as we welcome countless new families into our building for one amazing week.
  • We are “For the Nations” as we take up an offering all week long during VBS to help provide water filters and playground equipment for our church partner in Lagoa de Sao Francisco, Brazil.
  • We are “For the Next Generation” as we invest in 0ver 700 young people who are a part of VBS this year.

Our VBS this year focuses around the theme “Look:  God  of Wonders.”  During this week we will see how our WONDER-FULL God is revealed in the world around us.  This Sunday at Wildwood (June 2) we will be kicking off VBS week in our worship services, as I preach a message guiding us into Psalm 19.  Join us in our 9:45 or 11:00 worship service as we examine this concept together.

Before Sunday . . . if you have a chance, watch this video from Louie Giglio who highlights certain aspects we will see in Psalm 19 on Sunday . . . you will be blessed!

Sharing the Story of how God connected Wildwood with Compassion . . .

As you probably know, Wildwood Community Church began a partnership with Compassion International last spring. I was recently contacted by Compassion to help share Wildwood’s story. If you would like to read more about what we are doing in Lagoa de Sao Francisco and what we think the Lord is up to . . . check out this article now posted on Compassion’s website – https://www.compassion.com/church-engagem…/mark-robinson.htm

 

 

Join me in praising God for His work.  So blessed to be FOR THE NATIONS following JESUS together to the glory of God.

The Church (part 4) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Ephesians 4:7-16.  This message was the fourth and final part of “The Church” series and dealt with the spiritual growth of the church that God “tends” through the gifted leaders He gives to the church.  Below you will find the audio related to the sermon for you to listen to online or share.

 

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The Church #4 5.26.19

 

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The Church (part 4) Sermon Questions

On Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a message on Ephesians 4:7-16.  This message was part 4 of “The Church” series and focused on the leadership God has given the church to help it grow.  Below you will find questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.

 

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Ephesians 4:7-16
  3. What are some things in life that are “designed to grow” . . . where (given the right cultivation)  growth occurs “naturally”?
  4. In Ephesians 4:12-16, the growth of the church is described.  What are some of the things referenced about what this growth will look like?
  5. In the church, the full stature of Christ is seen (4:13).  What are some of the things that you would not have seen or known about Jesus if you had never been a part of a church?
  6. In order to help cultivate an environment of growth for members of the church, Jesus gives gifted people to churches to help lead them.  What are some ways in which you have personally been equipped or encouraged by church leaders in your lifetime?
  7. How has God gifted you for ministry?  How are you currently using this gift?
  8. What is one particular application you took away from this message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

The Church (part 4) Preview

March 11, 2007 was one of my favorite days ever.  It was the day that our son was born.  Only 31 weeks along, a spike in Kimberly’s blood pressure indicated that (though it seemed early) it was “TIME” for Josh to be born.  

And so, early on that Sunday morning, all 3 pounds of Josh cried out as he came out into the world.  What a blessing it was to meet our son for the first time.  As is the case for many “preemies,” Josh was a bit small and under-developed to leave the hospital with Kimberly and I, so for the next month and a half, he lived in the NICU of Children’s Hospital.  Doctors assured us through all of those anxious moments that Josh would indeed “grow up” to be big and strong . . . and they were right!  As I write this today, Josh is finishing up sixth grade:  active, strong . . . and still growing!

Josh grew, not because the doctors injected him with Captain America’s super-serum.  He grew because he was DESIGNED TO GROW.  All of us are.  The natural progression of every human is to grow up.  The role of doctors and nurses in the NICU (as well as parents in the home) is not to program someone to grow, but simply cultivate the right climate so that the growth cycle that is programmed inside of each person is allowed to run its course.

I say this today because I am preparing for Sunday morning May 26 at Wildwood, where we will be looking at Ephesians 4:7-16 together in our fourth and final installment in our series on “The Church.”  This week we will see how God has created the church TO GROW.  Not just in number, but in maturity.  How does that growth happen?  It happens through the work of the Spirit, but this work is cultivated by spiritual leaders that God has given to the church:  men and women (like you and me) that Jesus has “gifted” to congregations all over the world for the purpose of overseeing, shepherding, and encouraging followers of Jesus to grow up into maturity in Him – our Head and living hope.

We will look at this concept together this Sunday in our 9:45 and 11:00 services together.  We will also be praying for those who are going on summer mission trips and celebrating the Lord’s Supper together.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday at Wildwood as we kick off the summer together!

The Church (part 3) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, Student Pastor Jonathan Holmes preached a message based on Acts 2:42-47.  This message was part 3 in “The Church” series.  Below is the audio of the sermon to listen to, download, or share.

 

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The Church #3 5.19.19

 

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The Church (part 3) Sermon Questions

On Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, Student Pastor Jonathan Holmes preached a sermon based on Acts 2:42-47. This message was part 3 of “The Church” series. Below are questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

1. Pray
2. This is the third week in the series called, The Church. How has your view of the church changed as we have looked at the creation of the church, the mystery of the church, and most recently the community of the church?
3. How does our culture and technology make it hard for us to connect in community with each other?
4. In Acts 2:42-43, what do we see the Community of the Church is devoted to? How do these priorities reveal the mission of God?
5. Compare Acts 2:44-45 and Acts 4:32-34, what similarities do you see? What will this church be remembered for? If Wildwood were to disappear tomorrow, what do you think people would remember?
6. How does viewing the church as a people, not a place change how we view our Sunday worship gathering?
7. Much of our life is simply lived “day by day,” in faithful obedience to what God has called us to do, but who is in control of the outcome (Acts 2:46-47)? How does that give the believer confidence?

 

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

The Church (Part 3) Preview

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus confidently declares that He will be building His church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.  In the ~2,000 years since Jesus gave this promise, He has been doing EXACTLY THAT!

But what has He been building?  A building?  A place?  Or a PEOPLE?

This Sunday morning, May 19, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, Student Pastor Jonathan Holmes will be continuing our sermon series on “The Church” by looking at Acts 2:42-47 . . . as we see that the church is DEFINITELY a PEOPLE and not simply a place.

Make plans to be with us this Sunday at 9:45 or 11:00 as we continue this series (and celebrate our High School graduates!)  See you Sunday!

“Home & Away” Sermon Audio

On Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a topical message (featuring a number of passages) entitled “Home and Away.”  This message was a part of our Mother’s Day Sunday services and focused on women influencing people for Christ.  Below you will find the audio from this message to listen to or share.

 

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Mother’s Day 5.12.19

 

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In the message today, I mentioned Wildwood’s paper on Women in Church Leadership (authored by our Elders).  Find this paper on Wildwood’s website under our “bylaws and papers” section by clicking here.

“Home & Away” Sermon Questions

On Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on a variety of New Testament passages called “Home and Away:  Women Influencing Others for Christ.”  This message was a part of our Mother’s Day Sunday services.  Below are a set of questions related to the message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Think about the creation account in Genesis 1-2.  In this inspired by God re-telling of the creation of the world, an emphasis is made on the creation of both genders of humans in the image of God.  What are some observations you can make from these two chapters about men and women?
  3. Women have an opportunity to have an impact for Christ in their homes . . . specifically we looked at the opportunity for influence as a daughter, a mother/grandmother, and a wife.  What are some ways in which you have seen or felt the positive influence of someone in these 3 roles in moving you toward a deeper relationship with Jesus?
  4. Women also have an opportunity to have an impact for Christ AWAY from their home . . . what are some of the ways in which you have been ministered to by women in the church?
  5. Both men and women have the chance to influence others for Christ with our lives.  Jesus has given us gifts to help us minister to others (1 Peter 4:10).  In what way do you see the gifting of Jesus in YOUR life?  What would it look like for you to use that gift to point others to Christ?
  6. What is one particular application you took away from this message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.