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
Week 4: God's Power
Week 5: God's Freedom
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
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.
Week 9: God's Forgiveness
Week 10: God's Anointing
In a sermon recorded in Acts chapter 10, Peter claimed that God’s anointing was the secret to Jesus’ success during His earthly ministry.
In fact, the most common title given to Jesus points to His divine anointing: Christ literally means, “the anointed one.” As Christians, we are literally “the little anointed ones.” Join us as Pastor Craig shares why God’s anointing is essential and truly necessary to live for Christ.
Week 11: Belonging
Week 12: Believing
Last week Pastor Craig proposed that the essential process for people choosing to follow Jesus Christ could be described as Belong, Believe, Become. We then looked at how the church is called the body of Christ, a temple, and is like a family - and how important it is that people are welcomed into our community and made to feel as though they belong. This week we consider what we believe that is essential, and next week we will consider how we become all that God intended us to be.
Week 13: Becoming
The question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is usually answered with a career field. Think instead about the question, “What character traits do you hope to see in your children when they grow up?” What is your answer to that question?
God is more interested in our character than our career. Who does God want us to be? What kind of character does He want us to develop?
In this series wrap-up message, we discover why it is essential for us to become who God wants us to be.