God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan – Peace (11 of 14) by Steve Jones

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God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan – Peace (11 of 14)
Series: God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan
Steve Jones
Philippians 4

INTRODUCTION:
Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go:
Where everybody knows your name; and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same.
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.
You wanna go where people know; people are all the same.
You wanna go where everybody knows your name.

You may recognize those lyrics and that tune as the theme song from the long-running television show "Cheers." "Cheers" revolved around a group of friends who hung out at a bar in Boston. The lyrics speak to the yearning to have a retreat where we can escape from the stress and hostility that characterizes so much of our lives. We need a place where we can be known and accepted by a loving group of family and friends where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came; a place of peace. People do, indeed seek that refuge in bars and clubs, and maybe they find it there, to a certain degree. But my contention is that God designed the church to fill that need in our lives. It is the church that SHOULD be the place where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came. The church should be our refuge of peace.

I'm in a sermon series entitled God's Spiritual Stimulus Plan in which we're identifying the provisions God has made to keep our spirits strong even if our circumstances are challenging or painful. In previous sermons we've already talked about God's provision of the church where we have relationships that are gospel partnerships and spiritual friendships. We've also talked about the spiritual champions that God brings into our lives to encourage and strengthen us. The church is indeed a peaceful refuge...MOST of the time. However ...


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