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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






Nov 10, 2019 No Sin To Be Sin 2 Corinthians 5:

Have a question related to this sermon? You can "Ask the Pastor" at fbcrochester.com 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. “NO SIN TO BE SIN” Words cannot fully express the great worth of Christ’s work for us on the cross. To think that He endured separation from the Father because of our sins staggers our finite minds. Here is the heart of the gospel: the sinless Savior has taken our sins...


Nov 3, 2019 Ambassadors for Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20

We apologize for the poor sound quality this week. We're working on the issues! 2 Corinthians 5:20 (KJV) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. Ambassador for Christ Christ has made each of us His ambassadors here on earth. He is no longer here in the flesh, and so now He expects us to faithfully and effectively represent Him. We are to spread the good news of salvation in such a way that...


Oct 27, 2019 Recognize, Recreate, Reconcile 2 Cor 5:16-19

2 Corinthians 5:16-19 (KJV)16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto...


Oct 20, 2019 We 2 Corinthians 5:11-15

2 Corinthians 5:11-15 (KJV) 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.14 For the love of Christ...


Oct 13 2016 We Persuade 2 Corinthians 5:11

I. PEITHOW – PERSUADE, TO APPLY PERSUASION, TOPREVAIL UPON OR WIN OVER, BRING ABOUT A CHANGE OF MIND II. ACTS 13:43 A. Take advantage of opportunities when and if they come up III. Acts 14:19 A. There will be opposition when you persuade men to continue in the grace of God B. There will be friends when you persuade men C. You persevere to persuade men IV. Acts 18:4 A. Church founded because Paul persuaded those like and unlike him B. Church founded because Paul persuaded...


Oct 6, 2019 The Appearance 2 Corinthians 5:10

The judgement seat of Christ has received a lot of attention. Along with truth, there is false belief and miscommunication regarding it. Today it is my goal to support truth, clear up the miscommunication and correct the false belief. I. Who will appear – We -Only Christians will appear. Old Testament Saints, Tribulation Saints, those saved during Millennium will not appear. Just New Testament Saints will appear II. It is not an option to appear – Must- Every believer is going to appear...


Sept 29, 2019 Absent Yet At Home 2 Cor 5:6-9

Sermon Notes ABSENT, YET AT HOME 2 Corinthians 5:6-9 When doing a Bible study you look for key words or phrases that are repeated. In our passage before us you find two phrases used twice. In verse 6 and 8 we are to be of good courage or confident. In those verses also notice that in verse 6 we are at home in the body and absent from the lord and in verse 8 we are absent from the body and at home with the Lord. The passage concludes Therefore we have as our ambition, whether at home or...


Sept 22, 2019 Heavenly Body 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

Sermon Notes It is so easy to forget how temporary this life is. We tend to live as if nothing will ever change, as if life will keep going as it always has. We think we will always have tomorrow. But every now and then, reality breaks through and we see our lives for what they are: a fleeting moment. The Christian gospel tells us that this fleeting life on earth is not our final end. If we are in Christ, we have a glorious destiny. Our descendants may forget us in this life, but God will...


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...


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...