Summary: When the promises of all men fail, God is still the Promise Keeper.
God is the Promise Keeper
By Pastor Jim May
Philippians 1:1-2, "Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ."
Tonight I want to speak to you from Paul’s letter to the Philippian Church that he founded under the direction of the Holy Ghost. Paul’s words to the born again Christians are meant to be an encouragement to the Church. Like Paul in the founding of this church, God led me to be a part of the founding of Victory Temple Church from the moment of its inception. From the birth of a new work for the Kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit has led us, provided for us and blessed us so greatly. As always, there are changes that happen along the way. Nearly all of the original members of the church have gone now. The reasons for the change in the congregation are varied and quite simple. Some people were led, and some chose on their own, to move on somewhere else. Several of the members have gone home to be with the Lord, and I consider it a great privilege and honor to have been some small part of their lives since God gave me the chance to help them prepare for eternity.
Through the process of time and circumstances, God has drawn all of us together in the place and today we have a larger church, and a group of people coming here who make up a great church. The Holy Spirit is here and he gives us a tremendous Spirit of Unity and Fellowship. The Church is doing great and all of you are great. Oh I know that we are never going to be perfect but I could not ask for easier people to minister to. I feel humbled by your trust; honored by your attendance and I appreciate every one of you who call this “Your Church”.
When the Holy Ghost led you to become a part of this church, He placed you under the leadership of this church; under myself as Pastor, Bro. Larry and Asst. Pastor; the worship leaders and the teachers. This is the place, for this time in your life, that God has intended for you to be rooted and grounded, allowing your spiritual roots to grow deep into the fertile ground of His Word and that your faith should grow into a mighty tree and shine forth in this dark world, giving glory to God for the life that you live.
You are a part of God’s chosen generation; a royal priesthood; a holy nation and a peculiar people; and he has called you of darkness and into His marvelous light, so that your life can be a praise unto the Lord, the Father of Lights.
So as Paul said to his church in Philippi, let me begin by saying, this is a message from myself and from the Lord Jesus Christ to all of the servants of the Lord; to all of you who are called to be saints who are at Victory Temple, with the teachers and all of the leaders – Grace be unto you, and peace from God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
You are called saints because you have been made holy through the blood of Jesus Christ. You were chosen to be “IN HIM” before the world began and you have been made a new creation, created in Jesus, by the power of the Holy Ghost to do good works through Christ.
It’s a wonderful thing to know that the Great God of Heaven, Creator of all things, Omnipotent, All-knowing and Omnipresent; the Lord of the Universe, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, knows you by name. He called you – each one of you, one-by-one – into his kingdom. He loved you first, before you knew him, even before you were born, and God took a very special interest in you. You have been adopted; even better, you have been given a great gift of being engrafted into the very bloodline of Almighty God. You are a son, or a daughter of God, and you have the right to cry “Abba Father, My Father”. You are “born again”. Just think of it this way: You were born of natural parents in this world, but the person that you were in the flesh is now dead to the flesh. You have been “reincarnated” if you want to call it that, into a whole new family with a whole new identity. You are no longer just a child of your parents in this world, siblings of your natural brothers or sisters; but you are now in a whole new family, with new brothers and sisters, who have likewise been born again into the greatest, most awesome family in the universe – The Family Of God!