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Pastor Phil's weekly sermons from the pulpit of First Baptist Church of Rochester, PA

Pastor Phil's weekly sermons from the pulpit of First Baptist Church of Rochester, PA
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Pastor Phil's weekly sermons from the pulpit of First Baptist Church of Rochester, PA






Sept 15, 2019 Confidence in Trials 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Sermon Notes: True witness for God is based on faith in God, and this faith comes from God’s Word. Rom 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Of what was Paul so confident? That he had nothing to fear from life or death! He had just listed some of the trials that were a part of his life and ministry and now he was affirming that his faith gave him victory over all of them. Note the assurances that he had because of his faith. In verse 14 He was sure of ultimate...


Sept 8, 2019 The Explanation of Difficulties 2 Corinthians 4:11-15

Sisram was invited to preach. When he arrived he was jumped. He was beaten as he would not spit on the Bible. I. Paul was sure of life II. Paul was sure of what he said v13 Believe and Speak III. Paul was sure of ultimate victory v14 Resurrection of Christ and Believers IV. Paul was sure God would be Glorified. v15 What a remarkable effect the gospel of Christ has on people – both positive and negative! Those who mugged Sisram were incensed by the message of Christ. But the gospel...


Sept 1, 2019 Down But Not Out 2 Cor 4:7-10

Sermon Notes Sept 1, 2019 Dr Phillip Huggins God never abandons His own. For every trial there is corresponding encouragement. The believer need never despair: God is on His throne. He knows our woes. He understands our problems. He ever, never forsakes us. Until in His wisdom He calls us home we are His people and His delight; we revel in the certainty of His protective care. I. The Power -7 A. We are but earthen Vessels B. But those clay pots are the excellency of the power of God 1....


Aug 18, 2019 Because We Were Shown Mercy 2 Cor 4:1-2

As we begin Chapter 4 Paul continued defending and explaining his ministry; focusing on the suffering he and his company experienced for Christ’s sake. Even so, Paul was confident that this suffering would lead to his own honor, to the benefit of the Corinthians, and to God’s glory. On side note suffering, difficulty, if will allow it, will lead to our own good, to the benefit of others and ultimately to God’s Glory. I. Because we were shown mercy we have this ministry A. This ministry is...


Aug 25, 2019 Ministry Character Part 2 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

I. While the gospel is presented as an open display it is veiled to those who are perishing.3-4 A. The gospel is hidden to every person who has not responded to the proclamation of the gospel 1. How one respond to the gospel is not a matter of intellectual insight or philosophical acumen. It is a matter of spiritual condition. B. The gospel is veiled to those who are perishing because the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers Satan has a role in keeping persons...


Aug 11, 2019 Veiled or Unveiled 2 Cor 3:12-18

Paul says that because the glory of the new convent is so much greater than that of the old covenant, we can have confidence and be more bold in our presentation of the Gospel. Moses encountered God on the mountain and his face shown with glory, but it faded. He wore a veil to cover it. Veil covered diminishing glory. People with hard hearts wouldn't have understood the glory had he shown it. How often do we miss the glory of God because of hard hearts? People are spiritually blind by choice...


Aug 4, 2019 "Glory" 2 Cor 3:7-11

Paul compares the glory of the Old Testament Law with the glory of New Testament Grace. The law brought condemnation because it pointed out sin, but could not save, yet it had glory. So much more is the glory of grace through Jesus Christ. Christ fulfilled the law, and now we live under grace. Romans 8 "...now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" There were Judizers who were stuck in Old Testament ritual and couldn't let it go and live by the principles those rituals...


July 28, 2019 Sufficient Is Christ 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

The confidence we have today in our salvation is not self-confidence, but confidence in Christ. Our salvation is THROUGH CHRIST because He is sufficient. Our Confidence in Ministry is of God. We are adequate and able to be who He wants us to be and to do what He calls us to do THROUGH CHRIST. The "letter that kills" is the Old Testament Law. It's purpose was to reveal sin, but it could not give life. Seeking righteousness under the law is the way to eternal death. We live under the new...


July 21 2019 Changed Lives 2 Corinthians 3:1-3

Why doesn't FBC have an invitation or alter call at the end of each service as many other churches do? Because the goal of the message is not to fill an alter at the end of the service, but that lives will be changed. Paul begins this chapter asking if he needs a letter of recommendation to or from the church to prove who he is, one sent by God. He says the people of the church are his epistles, letters written on his heart, known and read by all men. What are we known for? We are Christ's...


July 14, 2019 Church-Parent-Baby Dedication Deuteronomy 11:19-22

On the occasion of an infant dedication at First Baptist Church, Pastor Phil teaches the Biblical basis for the practice infant dedication rather than infant baptism and the roles of the parents, grandparents, and the church. Also the Biblical basis for the practice of believer baptism by immersion.


July 7, 2019 Sincerity 2 Corinthians 2:17

Paul did not see ministry as an ordinary job. He did not peddle the gospel for for his own self-interests or gain. Is it "What can the church do for me?" or "How can I serve in the church?" Is the church here to worship and minister? Or is it really all about "me"? Our Message and Motives matter. Don't hide behind a spiritual mask. Be sincere, honest, and transparent. It's about "Who We Are In Christ" Live life according to WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST Live Sincerely IN Christ. You can't...


June 16, 2019 "T" 2 Cor 2:12-14

"T" lots of "T" words in these verses Troas-Paul went to Troas to preach the Gospel of Christ Troubled-Paul was troubled Thanks-But thanks be to God Triumph-We have Triumph in Christ Jesus Through-God manifests Himself thru us


June 9, 2019 What Now?

Graduation. What now for the graduate? What now for the church? Graduation often means we loose a member because they go off to college, or move away for a job. In some cases they go on to another church in their new area. Some we loose to the world. 86%-94% of evangelical youth leave the church after graduation, at least for a period of time. 34% never return. Why? What does that mean for the church?


June 2, 2019 Discipline in Restorative 2 Cor 2:5-11

Paul had written to the Corinthian Church previously about confronting sin in the church and not ignoring the sin of fellow believers. The church had obeyed, but now that the believer had repented, the church didn't want to take him back in. They had gone from one extreme to the other. In this letter Paul addresses that issue. Restoring the believer back to the church was the entire point and purpose of the discipline. In this case the discipline had been effective and the man repented. Paul...


May 26, 2019 A Shephard's Heart 2 Cor 2:1-4

Teaching and correction have to be timely as well as true. Paul didn't want to make another painful visit to the church at Cornith. If he hurt them, who would bring him joy? He wrote correction to them so that when he visited them later there would be joy. Paul loved the church deeply.


May 5, 2019 Sealed and Standing 2 Cor 1:21-24

We are sealed in Christ when we become believers. God seals and blesses us with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is God's pledge of inheritance, our salvation will be consummated. We are over comers in Christ, sealed with the Holy Spirit, so we can stand firm in the faith.


April 28, 2019 Yea! Yea! Amen! 2 Corinthians 1:14-20

Has your integrity ever been called into question when you made a promise, but were unable to keep that promise? Paul experienced that with the church at Cornith. What do you do when your motives are called into question? Paul addresses this issue with the Corinthian church in 2 Corinthians 1:14-20


April 21, 2019 The Ultimate Goal and the Power of the Resurrection

The ultimate goal is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not just a knowledge of Him. Salvation is a gift from God, not something we can earn. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in Christians today.


April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday Hero 2 Heel

Jesus was hailed with shouts of Hosanna! on Sunday and 5 days later the same crowd shouted Crucify Him! Look at the three groups of people present on Palm Sunday-the Disciples, the crowd, and Pharisees. Why was each there? And what were they doing? Which group are you part of? Who will you be on Monday morning?