January 14, 2018 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

Faith and Adventure: Living Under the Influence (Acts 8:14-17)

God responds to faith. When we walk by faith, it is and will be a great adventure! God does the impossible and He can do the miraculous in and through us. The Spirit-filled life is not intended to be an option. It is an essential part of following the Lord. We need to experience the filling of the Holy Spirit if we desire to push back the darkness, if we want to make a difference in the Kingdom, blaze a path for others to follow, and impact our community and others around us. We need to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit.

What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

Being filled means…

  1. He’s getting more of you. There’s no off limits!
  2. You’re’ living under the influence.
  3. It’s an ongoing experience.

God’s plan is for His people to receive Him and surrender to Him every day. Does the Holy Spirit have control? Maybe it’s time to get serious and ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord to fill you – to rule and to reign every portion of your life.

“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 RSV



January 7, 2018 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

Faith and Adventure: Following Jesus 365

There is a God. God loves you very much and He is good to us! God desires for you and I to know Him, to make contact with Him and to remain in contact with Him. God wants us to understand Him in a more powerful, personal, and dynamic way than we did in 2017. We all need to have a consuming passion to know Jesus more (more than just head knowledge). It’s about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you know Jesus? Are you following Jesus 365? Let’s get to know Him better this year!

Challenges for the new year:

  1. Begin the new year with a commitment to reconnect with the King.
  2. Read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
  3. Watch movies about Jesus’ life
  4. Take advantage of your spiritual opportunities (Sunday School, small group Bible study, etc.)
  5. Follow Jesus’ example

Watch the video and be blessed!


Burgin Baptist Church


Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

Road Rules: Life Changing Faith (Mark 10:46-52)

This is the fourth sermon in the “Road Rules” series. We have been going through chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark and discussing different conversations of Jesus. In these moments, Jesus gave us some life principles. You could call these life lessons or rules for the road. To view the first three sermons and learn about Rules 1, 2 and 3, visit our website pages below.

  1. Road Rules: The Gift (Mark 10:13-16 – The Little Children and Jesus)
  2. Road Rules: Surrendering Our Security Blanket (Mark 10:17-31 – The Rich Young Ruler)
  3. Road Rules: The Path Rarely Taken (Mark 10:32-45 – The Request of James and John)

Today’s lesson and Road Rule #4 is found in the story about the blind beggar named Bartimaeus and his life changing faith. Blind Bartimaeus was sitting by the road begging when Jesus and His disciples, along with a crowd of people, walked by. When Bartimaeus realized it was Jesus, he began shouting to Jesus and asking for mercy. Many people told Bartimaeus to be quiet, but he shouted more! In verse 51, Jesus said to the blind man, “what do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus had a lot of faith in Jesus and the courage to ask for it all. He asked to be able to see. Jesus answered him, “your faith has healed you.” It was God’s will that Bartimaeus receive his sight. God responds to faith. This leads us to Road Rule #4: Faith Produces Miracles.

God’s word tells us in 1 John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” There’s nothing wrong with asking for it all! The problem is that sometimes we don’t ask at all. Continue reading “6/18/2017 Road Rules: Life Changing Faith (Mark 10:46-52)”