Welcome to Real Hope In Christ. We’re Glad You’re Here.
This is our worship service for today, Sunday August 11th.
Countdown to Worship: “Moving Forward” Israel Houghton.
First Music Offering: “Let It Be Known” Lincoln Brewster.
Announcements, Prayer Requests, and Offering: Ted Yoder.
Second Music Offering: “Till I Found You“ Phil Wickham.
Third Music Offering: “Nobody But Jesus” Casting Crowns.
Communion Service: Dana Smith.
Communion Video Offering: “Do It Again” Elevation Worship.
Today’s Sermon: “Paul & Silas,” Justin Miller, Real Life Church.
Closing Prayer: Ken Smith.
Pastor Justin Miller August 11, 2019
Miracles: Paul & Silas
Miracles happen in unlikely places. Miracles start with a MESS.
Acts 16:19-24 (NIV)
19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
We can be following Jesus and still end up in a bad place.
2 Corinthians 11:24-27 (NIV)
24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
Acts 16:25-26 (NIV)
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
Paul and Silas were praying and praising while in prison.
We all have reasons to whine, but we have way more reasons to worship. No one’s life has ever been improved by whining.
Sometimes the pain is there to remind up of the promise.
Worship is a weapon.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
At Real Hope In Christ our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts and with all of our souls and with all of our minds.
Our focus begins with all the people of Citrus County and by the Grace of God we will:
Gather together to worship and celebrate God,
Grow in our knowledge and faith,
Give in love and,
Go out into the world to shine brightly with the light of salvation from our Savior Jesus Christ and tell the world what we know is true; God Loves You No Matter What!
We boldly ask God to help us shake the Earth and touch the Heavens!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you and may God bless you!