Here are the most recent preaching topics or sermon series, currently going on in our church.

WE PRAYERFULLY VALUE CHRIST’S KINGDOM!


During this season we will be engaged in a consideration of the kingdom of Christ, and its implications. This emphasis is being carried throughout the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, worldwide. The question that first comes to mind is, what is the Christ’s kingdom? The next is like it, why should I value it? Join us for this sermon series and find the answers to these questions. You will find the sermons streamed at https://wilmingtonfirst.sermon.net/main/main/20849752… you may have to search around a little bit as we are still trying to work with the sort options on the sight. The sermons are dated in consecutive order or when they were preached, even though they are sorted in the player alphabetically.

Posted on February 9, 2017 by Pastor Paul

AS THE DAY APPROACHES!

For much of the month of March, we will be considering the steps of Christ leading up to the day of his resurrection. As the day of his crucifixion approached, so did the day of his resurrection. They were dark and difficult days, and we will see, they brought more than one person to tears!

Posted on February 27, 2016 by Pastor Paul

BREAKING OLD HABITS!

In February we have been considering the notion that all of us have things we would like to change about ourselves, but feel powerless to deal with. There is nothing more frustrating in life than to be bound to a destructive habit or way of life, and to be unable to break its hold over us. The New Testament has an app. for that – it is called surrender to God (cf. Rom. 12:1-2). This month we are considering all of the ways we might surrender to God and engage his power in our lives, to change us, our attitudes and outcomes.

Posted on February 27, 2016 by Pastor Paul

NEW YEAR NEW MIND (2016)

Posted on January 2, 2016 by Pastor Paul

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As we enter 2016, the IPHC is celebrating the latest in our core values, “We Prayerfully Value Holiness.” As a church it is important for us to understand what holiness is, and why it is vital in a world that has morally lost its way. If we are to truly live and represent holiness this year, we must first commit ourselves to obedience to God, and secondly, just as importantly, commit ourselves to reflecting the holiness of God into the world – not through harsh legalism and a religiously aloof attitude, but in genuine grace, with love. Jesus came to bring us the revelation and knowledge, not only of God’s holiness, truth, but of his grace as well (John 1:14, 17-18).

1 + 1 = 1 Kingdom Math!

Posted on October 9, 2014 by Pastor Paul

As we move into the fall and toward Thanksgiving and Christmas, our minds turn toward the church and our fellowship with one another. It will soon be time for family and friends, and we have no closer friends than those who attend church and serve God with us. The unity of the church is paramount. We are not all the same, we do not have uniformity. But we are all united in love and concern for one another. This is one church, and we serve one Lord, and have one hope. One plus One really does equal one! Join us for the sermon series “1 + 1 = 1 Kingdom Math.”

(October – November 2014)

UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS!

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Pastor Paul

During the weeks leading up to Easter, we will be exploring some of the key incidents in the life and ministry of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus’ journey culminated in the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, only to find himself put on trial and crucified a week later. The swiftness of the events of that last week and the day of his trial, crucifixion and death is so breathtaking that they often overshadow the picture of a deliberate and resolute Christ who knew he was about to fulfill his mission, to become the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world (john 1:29). Without flinching Jesus made his way to the cross in obedience to God (Phil. 2:8).

(March – April 2014)

PASTORAL CARE – THE LOST ART OF LOVING ONE ANOTHER!

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Pastor Paul

We sometimes feel that it is the job of the pastor and church staff to take care of the church people… you know encourage, support, visit and generally be there for us through all of the twisting roads of life. But the truth is the Bible paints a much different picture. In Acts 2 and 4, based on the New Testament church model, the people in the church cared for one another! There was mutual support, encouragement and caring, that included the leaders, but that did not depend on the leaders exclusively. In fact, the leaders confessed to being overwhelmed by the many needs of so many people, and to being unable to grapple with the responsibility as well as with their primary calling, preaching and teaching the Word, and prayer for the people (cf. Acts 6). So their proposed solution was to involve the church body in care-giving toward one another. Indeed Paul in his epistles taught the absolute necessity of mutual care-giving in the church. But we have lost the vision for and art of care-giving in the church. We all live largely separate lives except for Sundays. In our age of professionalism and clergy Vs laity, we have come to accept that as the norm! Whatever it is it is not church as Jesus envisioned it! It is time to get back to the roots of what really made the church the church of Jesus Christ, a place where people genuinely love one another, care for one another through support, encouragement one another, pray for one another and offer one another practical helps!

(February – March 2014)

OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW!

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Pastor Paul

We all wish we could start again at some time in our lives. To that end many people turn over a new leaf or makes New Year’s resolutions. But what if we forgot the resolutions this year and went straight after revival, a new fresh and vital experience of the presence and power of God. Checkout the sermon audio on the Sermon MP3 page of this sight for some of the sermons in this series.

(January 2014)

EASTER – GOD’S BIG IDEA!

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Pastor Paul

What’s the big idea of Easter? It is the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God from the dead, with victory over sin and death. His resurrection provided final vindication of his claims to be the Son of God, the Messiah promised in the Old Testament, who would set God’s people, as well as anyone else who called on him, free from their sin, and finally establish the rule of God on earth in due course (Rom. 1:3). The resurrection was the final act of God that proves he can and will finish his purposes on earth, beginning with the redemption of mankind, the salvation of all who will call on the name of the Lord in repentance for the forginess of sins (Rom. 10:9-10). It is the resurrection that guarantees God’s response to the cry of the sinner who is looking for mercy from God, because it confirms that the price for sin was not only paid but accepted (Phil. 2:6-11). In the business of reversing the evil of this world and of creating a new heaven and earth, the resurrection was God’s big idea! In this series of sermons the pastor will challenge us to invite people to church for Easter to hear the message of salvation and delvierance – God’s Big Idea!

BAPTISM – THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE GOOD LIFE!

Posted on Feburary 9, 2013 by Pastor Paul

For the next three weeks we are engaged in a series of sermons on baptism. We will consider its significance, its testimony of the inner working of God in our hearts, and as an act of commitment and obedience to Jesus Christ. Hopefully, the series will culminate with a baptismal service, and some recently saved giving witness to their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

OLD HABITS – NEW BEGINNINGS!

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Pastor Paul

New Year’s resolutions! Cringe or cry, rejoice or despair? The Bible is all about making new starts. Maybe January 2013 in the time to kill of some old habits and make some new beginnings. Some of our preaching topics in the New Year will be, You Should Not Be Sinning, breaking the power of sin, Authenticity, getting real with God and yourself, Worship and Holiness, the one has a lot to do with the other and Put an End to Grumbling, the destructive power of an uncontrolled tongue!

MARY OR MARTHA CHRISTMAS!

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Pastor Paul

In the three weeks of the Christmas season, we will of course enjoy a series of Christmas sermons. Rev. Jerry Green will start the season with a message on Sunday Morning December 16. In the evening, we will have our annual cantata and Christmas program directed by Krissy Green, entitled, “The Color of Christmas.” Other sermons in the series will include A Carpenter, A Virgin and an Angel, A Visit, A Dream and Obedience. On Sunday December 23, we will close out church Christmas season with a candlelight and communion service. I hope you will have a Mary Christmas, and not a Martha one!

THE NUMBER ONE FAMILY VALUE – VALUE YOUR FAMILY !

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Pastor Paul

We have just completed a series of sermons on the family. We talked about family management and the importance of relationships in the home and what they should look like. We also acknowledge the fact that ever family fights, so we should learn to fight well. And we talked about priorities, that we need to put God first, and our family before our ministry or church work. Nevertheless, families should find room for ministry in their list of priorities!

COMING TO A HEART NEAR YOU!

Posted on June 3, 2012 by Pastor Paul

Well, summer is well and truly here… I can tell because, my light bill is going up! During the summer the theaters often promote the latest movies. The slogan, “coming to a theater near you…” is well-known. We want you to know that the Holy Spirit is prepared to bring some spiritual attributes and victories to a heart near you this summer. In fact, he wants to bring them to your heart.

We hope to use some famous movie clips this summer to illustrate our topics. But in any case if you have been wondering about character and spiritual development, you will want to worship with us all summer long!

Cheerleading the Saints!

Posted on May 5, 2012 by Pastor Paul

Sometimes an encouraging word is all you need. The Bible is full of encouragement for the saints. We live in a powerpacked world under, a world of pressure! People are struggling all over. But God’s Word promises grace for every trial and final victory is guaranteed! There is one thing, however, God demands from his people, persistence and resilience. The promises of God are not to weak-minded, faint-hearted, disengaged, inattentive, unconcerned, or those who won’t try!

Jesus Christ is Risen from the Dead… So What?

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Pastor Paul

Paul the Apostle had to deal with people in the Corinthian church who were saying that there is no such thing as resurrection. Without resurrection, then Jesus is not alive and if Jesus is not alive, our faith in him is empty, and we are still in our sin (1 Cor. 15:1-11). Our forgiveness depends on Jesus’ resurrection. He made it clear that if Jesus is a live, then we will be raised from the dead too, when he appears the second time (1 Cor. 15:21-23, 50-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18). So, “How can you some of you say there is no resurrection,” Paul asks (1 Cor 15:12-13). Jesus’ resurrection is at the heart of our salvation, because through his death and resurrection he conquered sin and death once and for all! Indeed, Paul told the Philippians that the risen Jesus has been exalted to a place at the right hand of God, to rule with him and to assume the title Lord (Phil 2:11)! It is from this vantage point that he saves, heals, delivers, forgives and sanctified the saints as our great high priest (Heb. 4:16), and gives us the Holy Spirit (cf. John 14-16). Jesus now represents us to God as the risen Christ, and guarantees our resurrection one day. Jesus is risen from the dead… so what? The resurrection of Jesus is a very big deal!

FAITH GOES VIRAL!

Posted on February 3, 2012 by Pastor Paul

BOOM!!!!!! Has there ever been a time of explosive faith and dynamic power in the church? The answer is definitely yes! On the day of Pentecost and the weeks and months that followed, faith exploded into the city of Jerusalem and turned it upside down. People were being saved daily, miracles and signs were being done profusely by the apostles, fellowship and generosity were epidemic. It was driving the religious community nuts, as the dramatic power of God challenged the ritual of a dead and dry religious system.

But nothing like that seems to be happening in America. Pockets of revival are occurring for sure. Many churches are thriving, some phenomenally, but it is very rare to find the church so empowered that whole communities have been impacted by the power of God. Everyone in Wilmington is not talking about our church! For many of us FAITH FIZZLES with anemic power, FAITH FUMES and ruminates in some damp, quiet, forgotten corner of our lives, FAITH FLICKERS like a weak candle-flame on a drafty window sill, teetering extinction. Something is terribly, fundamentally and deeply wrong with our faith and our relationship to God. It has lost its explosive power, its explosive passion, and it lacks conviction that comes from a dramatic encounter with the Holy Spirit. We can only ask if there is hope for a reversal. Only God knows if the bones lying dry and scattered about the valley floor can live again (cf. Ezek. 37:1-11). One thing is certain, however, whatever coming together of those bones happens, whatever flesh and sinews finally develop on them, it will take a mighty act of the divine Spirit of God for them to live. If a crazy YouTube video can go viral, with hundreds of thousands of hits, then faith in the living God ought to be able to explode onto the stage of our cities and community. In February 2012, Pastor Paul will speak on extravagant faith, explosive faith, faith gone nuts, faith gone viral.

BUILDING – A DETERMINED EFFORT IN THE FORWARD DIRECTION!

Posted on January 4, 2012 by Pastor Paul

As we go into the New Year, it is hard not to think about the future. Hardly anyone will wish for a worse year than the previous one! We all, without exception, hope that things will improve. For many people, though, there will be little mearsurable progress or difference over past years. They will work and live in the same place, follow the same routines and live in pretty much the same way.

But our burning desire this year is for God to build the WFPHC. We hope to make measurable progress in our own personal spiritual lives and devotion to God, in the growth of our church, in the building program, in the development of our ministry and worship and most of all in our impact for the kingdom of God in Wilmington, North Carolina. So the pastor is preaching a series of sermons this month on the kind of determination it takes to move forward with God.

CHRISTMAS – WHEN GOD TARGETS THE UNLIKELY!

Posted on November 17, 2011 by Pastor Paul

Christmas sermon series. The pastor will be preaching on how God used and targeted unlikley and overlooked people when he set about executing his plan for the greatest deliverance of history. The series will begin on the first Sunday in December.

THANKS – GIVING; APPROACHING GOD!

Posted on November 17, 2011 by Pastor Paul

How do you properly approach God. The pslamist gives us some excellent insights when he invites us to worship God in Pslams 118:19-21 and Psalm 100:1-5. Worship should be a declaration of our gratitude and an exuberant, joyful expression of our praise! If the essence of thanksgiving is declaration, then the essence of praise is giving expression to our wonder and awe of God!

The Unshakable Truth!

Posted on September 4, 2011 by Pastor Paul

Can we know the truth about God? Is there a such a thing as truth? At Jesus’ trial Pilate asked, “What is truth?” He wasn’t sure there was such a thing. Our world today says that there is no objective truth, just personal opinions about morality and God. Jesus said that if we ever found the truth and could know it, it would set us free (John 8:32). The Bible tells us that we can in fact discover the truth about God; and as the Psalmist assures us, just by looking at creation, we can have confidence in the evidence for the existence of God. God has made sure that his word, the Bible, is both reliable and reliably accurate, so that we have is what God originally said when it was first written down by the original authors. Yes we can know the truth! And yes we can be free!

Defeated? Get Out and Stay Out!

Posted on June 4, 2011 by Pastor Paul

Beginning in June, Pastor Paul will start a series of sermons on spiritual defeat, how to get out and stay out. He will deal with topics like how to recognize spiritual defeat, stupid things believers do that lead to defeat and why we can be spiritually victorious and yet fail.

The Fruit of the Spirit

Posted on June 4, 2011 by Pastor Paul

Galatians 5:13-26 has two lists, which have been called vices and virtues. But the way Paul introduces these lists, he makes it clear that these are the actions that flow out of two very different types of people. The list of vices flow out of the base side of human nature that has not been transformed by God, and that is consistently urged to action by desire. The second list of virtues flows out of the believer, whose heart and mind has been transformed by God, and who consistently acts under the impulse of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Paul is leading this study in the Wednesday evening adult Bible study during the early summer.


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