161016 Philippians 3:13-14

Text: Philippians 3:13-14
Theme: Forward!

How many of you think you can identify the motto of the great state of Wisconsin? If you are a out-of-state visitor and while driving you notice the words on the license plate of the vehicle ahead of you, you might be tempted to think that our state motto is "America's Dairyland" (show license plate slide). Or if you have ever been to the state fair, or a Culver's restaurant, I can see how you might conclude that the state motto is this: "Try the fried cheese curds" (show red slide).

As good as those guesses are, they are both incorrect. If you want to find Wisconsin's real state motto, you need look no further than the state flag (show blue slide). Above the yellow seal, above the hovering badger, is a white banner. And that banner proudly displays our state motto, a single word printed in bold capital letters, "FORWARD."

"Forward" has been Wisconsin's state motto almost as long as Wisconsin has been a state. For over 150 years Wisconsinites have prided themselves on being forward looking, forward thinking people. And that might explain why a church with deep roots in Wisconsin, a group of Christians with an eye toward the future, would choose "Forward" as the theme of a capital campaign (show the Forward logo slide).

The difference is that our inspiration doesn't come from our state flag. It comes from the inspired words of Scripture. It comes from the inspired pen of Paul. And as we meditate on these words this morning, as we apply these words to ourselves and our congregation, the Holy Spirit will give us the courage and the conviction to go (show the Philippians passage slide)...


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161009 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Sermon Theme: Rely on God!

I want to begin today by having you think of the person you most rely on. Who came to mind for you? Your spouse? Your parents or other family member? Maybe a close friend or someone at work or school? We all have those folks that we rely on. But, even the most reliable person may let us down from time to time. From God's Word before us today, you and I are reminded that we have One who is ALWAYS by our side and will NEVER let us down. The encouragement that you and I received today is to RELY ON GOD!

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161002 2 Timothy 1:3-7

Text: 2 Timothy 1:3-7
Theme: Keep The Flame Of Faith Burning Brightly

Paul was in prison again, but this time he was not expecting to be released. Over thirty years had passed since tongues of fire had come to rest on the disciples' heads, and from the day of Pentecost on they had been faithful to their Lord. They proclaimed the good news about Jesus. They carried the gospel from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria, and Paul had taken it from there to the farthest reaches of the Roman Empire.

But things were different now. The Christians weren't just being harassed. They were being persecuted and even executed. Many of Paul's congregations were struggling. Many of Paul's companions had abandoned him. And he knew that his end was near.

So was Paul pessimistic? When he wrote to Timothy, did he say: "You know, Timothy, we had a good run, but all good things come to an end?" Did he entertain the thought that when he died the light of the gospel would die out with him?

Not at all! In spite of his situation, in spite of his circumstances, Paul was optimistic. He was even more than optimistic. He was grateful. He gave thanks to God for his co-worker and close friend Timothy. And in his last will and testament (as 2 Timothy is sometimes called) Paul passed on the torch to his son in the faith.

Two thousand years have passed since Paul wrote this little letter, but the apostle's words are just as relevant and just as important today. The torch has been passed again, and it is in our hands. And as we give thanks for the gift of God's grace, our gracious God gives us this charge...


I. The faith that has been passed down to us
II. The faith that we are to pass on to others

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160925 Luke 16:19-31

Sermon Text: Luke 16:19 – 31

Sermon Theme: Are You Rich or Poor?

Do you consider yourself a rich person or a poor person? Recently, I read that the average yearly wage in the United States is almost $60,000. This compares to an average yearly wage of just $15,000 in Mexico. Yes, when compared to the rest of the world, you and I do enjoy great financial blessings from our Lord as citizens of our country. But today we want to take some time to review our spiritual wealth. As you personally consider your relationship with your Lord and Savior, are you rich or poor?

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