REFORMATION SUNDAY 2017
During our One Voice service on Sunday, October 29th, we will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
As part of this special Sunday Service, we are blessed to host a performance of “St. Paul Speaks – Philippians”, performed by Phillip Smith.
Please join us for this celebration and worship!
“St. Paul Speaks – Philippians”
Performed by Phillip Smith
Scripture brought to life!
Through his Performance Scripture Ministry, Philip Smith brings to life Paul and his divinely inspired words. You will be blessed as you experience a personal encounter with the Apostle Paul.
In this dramatic presentation of “PHILIPPIANS” the Apostle Paul, imprisoned in Rome, shares with you the joyful letter he has written to his dear friends in Philippi. Even though Paul faces possible execution for his faith, he remains joyful and encourages us to have the same joy no matter what our circumstances. This joy comes from knowing Christ and depending on His strength rather than our own.
From practical advice encouraging unity in the church to unprecedented insight into the glorious nature of Christ, Paul gives us divine revelation that edifies and teaches us even today.
During this dramatic presentation, please consider yourself a member of the first century church for we are all recipients of Paul’s simple but profound message. My prayer is that Paul’s divinely inspired words will come to life and you may experience the love, joy, hope and peace that flows from Christ who lives in us.
Saul of Tarsus was a feared Jewish Pharisee who was determined to destroy the Christian movement known as “The Way.” As he traveled to Damascus to persecute the Christians there, the living, resurrected Jesus Christ revealed Himself to Saul in a bright light. This was the dramatic moment of Saul’s conversion from seeking redemption through adherence to the law to redemption by faith in Jesus Christ.
Saul was transformed and became Paul the Apostle, called by God to be the first missionary to spread the Good News of the saving grace of Jesus Christ to all the world, Jew and Gentile alike.
Paul’s boldness in preaching the gospel brought him great joy but also great suffering. He was beaten, stoned, deserted, shipwrecked, and imprisoned in chains for many years facing possible execution. It was during his imprisonment in Rome that Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write this joyous letter to the Philippians.
About Philip Smith
St. Paul Speaks
Philip Smith is an accomplished actor saved by the grace of God. He grew up in Oklahoma where his parents served as missionaries to the Cheyenne and Arapaho. In 1970 Philip earned a BA in Theater Arts from Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma. He has worked in many University and Community theater programs over the years. Philip and his ‘love at first sight’ wife, Jolene, were married in 1976.
Philip says “When I went away to college, I strayed from my faith and traveled the wide and crooked path of ignoring God. But in 1985 tragedy struck when our 16 year old only child, daughter Charise, was killed in an automobile accident and we began a very dark three year walk through the Valley of The Shadow of Death.”
“At last, we surrendered our lives to Christ and were transformed. Our burdens rolled away as we came back to Faith as newborns reconnecting with God.”
Their Performance Scripture Ministry began in 2010 when God laid on Philip’s heart to memorize the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. During the four months of memorization and study they became confident that this would be dramatically performed in front of live audiences. Philip built the set and props and Jolene sewed his costume and served as the director.
Since then, the ST. PAUL SPEAKS ministry has performed at over 120 churches of all denominations. During these performances, scripture comes to life as the audience experiences a personal encounter with the Apostle Paul.
Philip performs Philippians, Colossians, Galatians and The Gospel of God’s Love, which is compiled from several of Paul’s letters. All are 30 minute presentations.
Philip and Jolene agree that this is the most meaningful thing they have ever done and encourage everyone to memorize and study scripture. “We are humbled and thankful that after all the years of working in the theater the Lord is now using it for His purpose.”