Called for God’s Purpose

Pastor Craig Carter This week we’re introducing a new sermon series: What on Earth Am I Here For? It’s based on Rick Warren’s bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life.  As we learned last week on Easter, there’s more to life than simply being alive. And in order to enjoy the abundant and eternal life that is ours in Christ Jesus, we have to look to God since He is the One who created us in the first place, and He did so with some specific reasons in mind. For the next six weeks, we’re going to seek to find the …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: LIFE

Pastor Craig Carter  Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Not only is today Easter, it also marks the end of our current sermon series. Today we’re going to conclude our Sacred 4-Letter Words series by looking at a word that encompasses all others – LIFE.  It goes without saying that we must be alive to live as God’s people, but this sacred 4-letter word means a whole lot more than simply having a pulse.  Jesus once stated His divinely-appointed mission to our planet in this way: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: LOVE

Pastor Craig Carter In our current sermon series, we’re looking at some English words consisting of four letters that help us live as God intends us to live. They are not the type we normally associate with the phrase, “four-letter words. Instead, they are Sacred 4-Letter Words that enable us to be holy as God is holy.  The founder of our Methodist denomination, John Wesley, described holiness as “perfect love.” So the ultimate sacred four-letter word is love. The Apostle Paul went so far as to call it “the greatest” of all things: Three things will last forever – faith, …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: SING

Pastor Terry Tatum One of the main things that has always drawn me to Scripture is, to me, it seems like the people in the Bible aren’t really that different than we are today. Most of them were average everyday people that God chose to do great things. They experienced times where they felt close to God and times when it felt like He was far away. They lived and loved and sinned from time to time, but God used so many of them for his glory. With God I usually find myself doing one of two things, praising Him …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: REST

Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work…For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. (Exodus 20:8-11 NLT) According to God’s standard, 1/7 of our life should be spent …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: WORK

Pastor Craig Carter In our current sermon series, we’re looking at some English words consisting of four-letters that help us live as God intends us to live. Today we’re going to explore a concept that many people consider a four-letter word to be avoided at all costs – WORK. Some of you probably agree with Ronald Reagan’s take on the subject … “It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?” The truth is: like it or not, most of us cannot avoid work and how we approach it has a tremendous impact on our …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: BODY

Pastor Terry Tatum If you’ve been to church with us recently or read any of our recent blog posts, you know that we’re in the middle of a sermon series titled Sacred Four-Letter Words. We’ve looked at the words: Holy, Self, Full, Pure, Mind, and Will. What has stood out to me during this series is how these words may have different meanings, but they are ALL important when it comes to our spiritual life. It seems like every week my mind changes on which word is the key in our walk with God, but I’ve come to the conclusion …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: WILL

Pastor Craig Carter Since it’s Valentine’s Day (2021), let me open with this question: Are you aware that God wants to be your valentine and you to be His? God is really into hearts – not symbolic ones, but of the human variety. Did you know that the word “heart” appears in Scripture 700-800 times depending on what version you use? In the Bible, it does not refer to the tangible, physical body part. Rather, like we commonly think of it, the heart is used in a figurative sense, representing an intangible reality. God’s preoccupation with the heart shows how …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: MIND

Pastor Craig Carter In our current sermon series, we’re looking at some English words consisting of four letters that help us live as God intends us to live. But they are not the type we normally associate with the phrase, four-letter words. Instead, they are Sacred 4-Letter Words that enable us to be holy as God is holy. Today’s four-letter word is MIND. Last week in his message on the word PURE, Pastor Terry referred to how important it is to “Guard your thoughts.” It’s critical to do that because “you become what you think.” The Old Testament writer puts …

Sacred 4-Letter Words: PURE

In our current sermon series we have been discussing English four-letter words that help us live as God intends us to live. We’re calling these words, Sacred Four Letter Words. This week our word is PURE. Now the word “pure” is a tough word to define and to understand, not to mention trying to do it in a biblical context. Let start out with a definition: Pure 1) unmixed with any other matter – pure gold 2) free from dust, dirt, or taint –  pure spring water 3) spotless, stainless Does this sound like anyone you know? Me neither. Everybody I know …