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This Thanksgiving weekend I had the privilege of preaching at my family’s church in Marion, IL. Parish Park Baptist Church has been struggling for a few months now. There have been multiple splits, the budget is almost nonexistent now, and the pastor bailed; yet, this body is still a beacon for the lost in their community. It was a blessing to join them in worship and open the word of God to discuss the gospel. I figured that people expect to hear a Thanksgiving sermon on Thanksgiving weekend, so what better is there to be thankful for than the gospel?! Not to mention that in Romans 1:21, Paul shows us that one of the reasons God’s wrath is revealed from heaven is “although they [mankind] knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Getting a lot of insight from Greg Gilbert’s What Is The Gospel?, I used Romans 1-4 to outline the basic tenets of the gospel message for those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. My goal was to lead the people into a time of thankfulness for the cross of Christ and his victory over sin. I’m definitely not an experienced preacher, nor am I a scholar, but hopefully putting this sermon out there will edify fellow brothers and sisters, as well as point the lost to Jesus the Christ.
Please keep Parish Park Baptist Church in your prayers. My step-dad is the youth minister and he’s the one who’s been tasked with leading the congregation through this time of transition and renewal. It’s been difficult, but so goes pastoral ministry.
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