Going for Gold sermon series
Sundays: August 7–21, 2016

In first century Greece, the Apostle Paul ministered to a culture that competed athletically for patriotic pride in a religious festival. Athletes from the different Greek cities and territories gathered in Olympia every four years until the fourth century.

Despite the decline of Greek culture and the rise of the Roman Empire, the fact that the Apostle Paul referenced the competitions in at least two of his letters testifies to their continuing influence. It is obvious that the Apostle Paul witnessed athletes training for the games and competitions between athletes.

He used the cultural interest in athletic competitions to illustrate his appeal to the Corinthians to be self-disciplined and goal oriented in their own pursuit of prize.

During the modern Olympic Summer Games in Rio this summer, we will be inspired by the Apostle Paul's words in reference to the games in his letter to the Corinthians, one of the competing superpowers.

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Sunday services in July


July 3

Chaplain Bruce Johnson


Yellow Brick Road Pursuits Series

July 10

Pastor Dan Lyons - If I Only Had a Heart

Philippians 1:3-8

July 17

Pastor Dan Lyons - If I Only Had a Brain

Philippians 1:9-11

July 24

Pastor Dan Lyons - If I Only Had the Courage

Philippians 1:12-26


July 31

MoChap Youth Summer Missions Presentations



sermon series: July 10-24

The Christian life is a journey - from one far away from God to the eternal kingdom of life everlasting with God. Along the Christian journey, also described as "the narrow road", we grow into the person God created us to be.

We are becoming one that loves like Christ (1 John 4:19).

We are being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

We are developing our strength to face every trial and temptation (James 1:12).

In the classic 1939 movie, Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale, traveling on a yellow brick road to get home to Kansas, met some neighbors in need. She invited these new friends on a pilgrimage in pursuit of their missing pieces. The TinMan wanted a heart, the Scarecrow wanted a brain and the Lion wanted courage. They traveled to a great jeweled city to meet "the Great and Powerful" one, who they understand will be able to grant them what they desired.

While the Wizard of Oz is not the perfect, idyllic illustration for the pursuits of the Christian life, we can draw on some imagery to help us understand what the Apostle Paul models and desires for his Christian brothers and sisters.

"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ"

(Philippians 1:9-10).

Over three weeks in the heart of July, our own Yellow Brick Road Pursuits sermon series will inspire us to ease on down the road toward our homeland, obtaining the heart and mind of Christ with the courage to face tomorrow. It is a journey towards Christian perfection.