‘December 17, 2017 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

How Will You Experience Christmas? 

Every week, unless due to an unforeseen (usually technical) issue, Burgin Baptist Church posts our morning worship service.  In today’s worship, Heather Thomas told her personal testimony, Hannah Sanders shared her interpretive movement to the song, “Breath of Heaven” by Amy Grant, and Pastor Carl McCray taught from Luke 2:14-20 about Eight Days ‘Til Christmas. 

Eight Days ‘Til Christmas (Luke 2:14-20)

People can experience the same thing – attend the same church, same class, same sermon – but have entirely different perspectives. How can that be? What we experience is determined by what we’re looking for. There are eight days until Christmas, and here is the important question. How will you experience Christmas this year?  In Luke, we see how differently the first Christmas was experienced…

  1. The angels experienced Christmas with great joy (Luke 2:14 NIV)
  2. Mary experienced Christmas with wonder. She pondered it all in her heart. (Luke 2:19 NIV),
  3. The magi experienced Christmas as a journey (Matthew 2:1-12 NIV), The Christian life is a journey. What are you seeking?
  4. Herod experienced Christmas as a threat (Matthew 2:1-13 NIV). 
  5. Shepherds experienced Christmas personally (Luke 2:15-16 NIV). They wanted to see the newborn King for themselves. Then they shared their story of what they saw to others.

How will you experience Christmas? The greatest gift you can receive at Christmas is salvation and forgiveness of sins. Experience Christ fully this Christmas! 


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December 3, 2017 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

You Can Be Wise Too (Matthew 2:1-12)

Join Burgin Baptist Church and worship the Risen Lord with us! Today, Irma Woodrow shared her testimony filled with faith and missions. The Burgin Baptist choir lifted their voices in praise with singing the songs, “Worthy of My Lord,” “More Precious Than Silver,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” This Christmas season, Pastor Carl McCray shared from Matthew 2:1-12 NIV about the magi, the wise men, who followed a star to search for Jesus the Messiah.

The wise men were ready to follow God where ever He directed them. They searched for the Messiah, found HIm, and worshiped Him (Matthew 2:1-12). Like the wise men, you can be wise too.

  • The wise men were willing to step out in faith and follow.
  • The wise men were wiser than men of the world.
  • The wise men worshiped and gave gifts to Jesus.
  • The wise men went home a different way.

What or who are you worshiping today? What garners your time, your resources? That is probably what you are worshiping. You will be unfulfilled without Jesus. When you encounter Jesus and truly worship Him, you can’t go home the same way. You won’t be the same, and your life won’t be the same. Find satisfaction with Jesus today. May we all be wise like the wise men!

“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.” Matthew 2:9-12


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November 19, 2017 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

The Advantage of Appreciation (Luke 17:11-17)

Good News Testimony by Sandy Sanders

Every Christian has a testimony about how Jesus changed their life – a testimony of faith, hope, and healing found only in Jesus Christ. Thank you Sandy Sanders for sharing your personal testimony today about the Good News you found in Jesus Christ!

Sermon by Carl McCray: The Advantage of Appreciation

Gratitude is a great asset. However, gratitude is only useful when it is put into action. Faith is the key and God responds to our faith. Pastor Carl McCray teaches from Luke 2 about the 10 lepers whom Jesus healed. Only one returned to Jesus to thank Him. Let’s not be like the nine – but be like that one. The advantage of appreciation is this – gratitude can open the door for more. Look at the one who returned to thank Jesus. He learned the rest of the story. He received salvation that day (Luke 17:19 NIV)

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:17-19 NIV

Put gratitude into practice! To do that, make a list of who you need to thank, and make an effort. Remember, this also applies to Jesus. When was the last time you got on your knees and thanked Jesus for something? Count your blessings and look to the source of those blessings – JESUS!

Watch the video and be blessed!

November 26, 2017 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

A Little Help with Christmas Gifts (2 Corinthians 9:15)

Thank you for visiting Burgin Baptist Church’s website. Our desire is to share with others the Good News of salvation found only in Jesus Christ. At our worship service today, Rita Inman shared how Jesus changed her life. Pastor Carl McCray shared a message about giving the perfect gift, a topic on the minds of many during the Christmas season. I pray you will read the remainder of this post, watch the video, and be blessed! 

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