Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The Bethany Bullet Sermon Message - Week of October 4, 2020




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Sermon Message: “In and Through”

Text: Philippians 2:13-18


This past Sunday we bid farewell and God’s speed to the McDaniel’s after 30 years of ministry here at Bethany.  Which makes St. Paul’s call to “grow through what we go through” all the more timely.  This week we heard him say to do so by “working out our salvation” (Philippians 2:12).


Working out one’s salvation is not a declaration that one must (nor even can) be saved by merits, efforts or actions.  The scriptures, including those that Paul authored, have made it crystal clear that salvation is a gift of God, wrought by, through and on account of His grace in Christ, whose work on our behalf, through faith in the same, saved sinners like us who cannot earn or deserve God’s salvation. 


Thus, “working out one’s salvationis a call to put faith into action, to practice what we preach/profess, to avoid faith atrophy. Through embracing the truth that God is at work in and through us (Philippians 2:13) to expand His kingdom and grant others that which we have received, His salvation, we shall find ourselves growing through that which we go through.


We give thanks to God for Carol & Gary and their family who have worked out their salvation among us at Bethany; for the manner in which they have put their faith into practice among us with dedication, boundless energy, passion, graciousness for God has worked in and through such and granted you and me and many others His blessing.


Sunday we collectively spoke to the McDaniel’s the words Carol has directed our choir to sing so often over the years, “In and through you, He is the light we have seen.”  He, Jesus, is the light we have seen, He is the light we do see, He is the light we shall continue to see at Bethany as here we continue to work out our salvation together and He continues to work “in and through” us.  Then we assured them that, “His is the song we have sung.”  His, Jesus’ song, is the song we have sung at Bethany, that we are still singing and that we shall continue to sing as we “work out our salvation” together here and the Lord continues to work “in and through” us and many join us in growing through what we are going through. 

- Pastor Kevin Kritzer



Worship Resources for Sunday, October 11th will be up on Bethany’s website by midday Saturday, October 10th.



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