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As a church, the combination of a hurricane and pandemic has stripped away much of what we hold dear and previously considered indispensable parts of our fellowship. We have learned to live without a church building, Sunday School classes, children and youth meetings, fellowship meals, even in-person worship.

As we begin to rebuild our life together, what should we consider essential? Is there anything you and I can’t live without? What is absolutely critical to our existence as a body of believers?

As we continue our regathering and rebuilding process this summer we will look at various aspects of what is ESSENTIAL. Specifically, we’ll explore what God and the people of God provide.

Week 1: God is Essential


Let's set the stage by looking at the most basic ingredient – God. “What do we need most? Who can’t you and I live without?” Members of our children’s church will know the answer. Shout it out: GOD!

It’s the conclusion David reached when he cried out in Psalm 142:5 NLT: I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”

 

Week 2: God's Perspective

It’s been said that “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” And in order to react in a good and godly fashion, we need God’s perspective. Our new sermon series, Essential, is a study on what is truly important in life. In this message Pastor Craig Carter discusses why God’s perspective is essential when we face disasters, detours and delays.


Week 3: God's Presence


As our regathering and rebuilding process continues over the summer, we’re looking at what is essential to our existence as a congregation.
 
In this message we discuss why God’s presence is critical as we move forward.  

 

Week 4: God's Power

In the early days of Methodism, John Wesley wrote in a letter: “I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid, lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power.” 
 
If that indictment is true, do we understand the significance of that finding? Do we even care? Do we realize how truly necessary God’s power is?
 
In this message we discuss why God’s power is critical to us as His followers. 

 


Week 5: God's Freedom


When we read Bible stories of when Jesus was sent to set the captives free, or to free the oppressed, or give sight to the blind, we need to remember that He wasn’t just working on behalf of first century Jews who were under Roman authority. His work also frees those of us living in the present day who are captive to sin.
 
In this message we discuss why, coupled with God's Power, God’s freedom allows us to live free from our sin, our past, and our selves.

 

Week 6: God's Promises

In recent weeks, we've looked at what is Essential in our relationship with the Lord. So far, we’ve seen that God and His perspective, presence, power, and freedom are truly necessary in life. Today we add to that list, God’s Promises

You and I cannot live without God’s promises nor should we want to. God’s promises keep us going and on track.

In this sermon Pastor Craig looks at four of God's Promises (among the 7,000+ found in the Bible) - promises to rescue us, love us, give us wisdom, and be present with us. 


Week 7: Unwavering Faith


This week we're looking at how Unwavering Faith is essential for life. Times are tough these days, but it wasn’t easy for people in Scripture either. In fact, it was really hard sometimes.
 
Join us to walk through through the story of Job, a man who went through incredibly hard times but never lost faith in God.

 

Week 8: The Word of the Lord

Just as we cannot physically exist without food, we cannot spiritually live without the word of the Lord. We need to hear God’s voice for guidance, wisdom, knowledge of the truth, and to discern right from wrong.

Today we will study the experience of a young boy named Samuel, whose story is recorded in the Old Testament book of I Samuel. We can learn several truths from his experience about the way in which the word of the Lord comes to us.