Based on 1 Peter 2:4-12 and a challenge to live out the message of the national season of Thanksgiving:
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To view a video of Rev. Jim Hilton's sermon on "ThanksLiving" click on the link below:
1 Peter 2:4-12
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The Living Stone and a Chosen People
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
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In case you were not at Tinney Chapel worship this past Sunday, Nov. 17, and/or have not accessed the video of Pastor Jim Hilton's sermon, the following is a very brief capsule summary of the essence of his 30-minute sermon. You might still want to access the video, but if you just want to know the bare essence, what he said about church growth and, especially, what he did not say, read the short essay below:
Joe Dan Boyd
‘DATING THE CHURCH,” was the sermon title listed in the
church bulletin at Tinney Chapel UMC this past Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, and the
Scriptural basis was listed as Ephesians 2:11-13, 19-22. Despite the printed
title, the sermon topic was Church Growth, and during his delivery, our Pastor,
Rev. Jim Hilton, said the title of his sermon should have been “Do You Really
Want To Grow?”
The Pastor spent some time reviewing lessons that many of
us recalled from Tinney Chapel’s landmark Vision & Values Workshop of
September 8-10, 2000, conducted by consultants Don F. Renshaw, D. Min. and
Richard B. Hearne who later became Lay Leader of the North Texas Conference.
Some of you will also recall that this Workshop was in the form of a
scholarship (a gift) to Tinney Chapel from the District and Conference because
of our church’s potential as then viewed by our District Superintendent and NTC
“The service at
Tinney Chapel UMC seemed crowded to the Consultants and initially we could not
find a place to sit,” was one of the conclusions on page 17 of the Consultants’
printed report on our church, titled Achieving Excellence In Ministry.
“The sanctuary will seat approximately 100 persons. Applying the 80% rule, the
church will ‘feel’ crowded at approximately 80. It has been the Consultants
experience that in rural settings the rule is more like
70%...Therefore...Tinney Chapel is at maximum capacity and the church can
expect little growth with the present facilities.”
This past Sunday,
Nov. 17, our current Pastor, Rev. Hilton made the same point and emphasized
that Tinney Chapel appears to have three options available. The first two
options are available if our church decides it wants to grow: (1) Expand the
current sanctuary via a new building program, or (2) Meet for worship in our
8,000-square-foot, fully paid-for Family Life Center. The third option is
available if our church is content with its present size and does not decide to
grow significantly. (3) Make no changes and continue to worship in our present
made no recommendation to our church on which option to choose. Instead he simply asked us: Do you really
want to grow? Are we ready to make that decision?
By Rev. Jim Hilton, Pastor, Tinney Chapel UMC, 11-03-13.
Based on Acts 2:42-47
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The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
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