September 9, 2018 Morning Worship Service | Pastor Carl McCray

Special music: Hannah Sanders Interpretive Movement to “Living Hope”

Message: Imagine Going Home

The Webster’s dictionary defines home as the place where you live permanently. Having a home means no matter where you are, you have a permanent place to go. Home, in the eyes of God, is not necessarily a place but can be found in a person named Jesus. Home is where the presence of Jesus is (Mark 5:21-24). Even right now, we can live in the presence of Jesus today. 

Today’s scripture tells us about two people who interact with Jesus, Jairus and a sick woman. They are very different individuals from very different homes. Jairus, a synagogue leader, had a sick daughter that he could not heal but he knew someone who could. The sick women had suffered for years under the care of many doctors and could not get better. Regardless of their differences, they both understood that they needed to be in their true home – in the presence of Jesus.

The presence of Jesus brings life into the most hopeless situations. Think about your life. What are your struggles? Whatever you are going through, nothing is hopeless with Jesus – no matter how impossible it seems. Nothing is hopeless when Jesus is involved. When all seems lost, God invites us home back into His presence. Imagine going home!

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:35-36 NIV

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church

May 20, 2018 Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

The Jesus Way – Words to Live By (Mark 12:28-31)

We have been exploring how to live and lead like Jesus. Today, we are going to take a closer look at the greatest of all commandments found in Mark 12:28-31. We will break them down so we know what they mean and how to put them into practice. These words to live by reminds us:

  1. God comes first (Mark 12:30 NIV)
  2. how fundamental love is (Mark 12:30-33 NIV)
  3. how valuable people are (Mark 12:31 NIV)
  4. how special you are (Mark 12:31 NIV)

If you want to live a Christian life that is pleasing to God, It all comes down to this: loving God, loving others, and also loving yourself. In everything we do, we need to remember that God comes first. Our top priority is loving God, and then everything else falls into place. If your love is not where it needs to be, if you lack love for God and for others, what is the step you should take? That step is to repent and ask God for forgiveness. You have a choice.

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church

April 22, 2018 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

The Jesus Way (Mark 10:17-22)

Our attitudes should be like Jesus (Philippians 2:5 NIV). We should learn to walk as He walked. It’s safe to say that we can’t walk on water or perform miracles, but we can walk in His ways. The Jesus way directs attention to God. The Jesus way is motivated by love. The Jesus way helps people identify the “one big thing” that is standing between them and God and salvation.

In Mark 10:17-22 NIV, we learn about a rich,young ruler who asked Jesus what he must do to obtain eternal life. The one big thing that was holding him back from salvation was his wealth. Do you identify with the rich, young ruler? Have you dealt with the one big thing that is holding you back from a relationship with Jesus?

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church

February 25, 2018 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

Different Turf (Mark 8:31-38)

Good News Testimony

Special thanks to Ron Roberts who shared his testimony of his trials and struggles, his faith in God, and how God has taken care of him. Thank you also to Brother Dan, our Guest Speaker from Gideons International.

Move to a Different Turf

Many Christians today are on board for the parties and the potlucks. However, when it comes to discipline, training, memorizing scripture, and being held accountable, sometimes they get angry. God desires for everybody to have such a great desire in our hearts that we would reflect the love and compassion of Jesus – not just at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, but every morning and all day long. His desire is for us to be eager to share the Good News. His desire is for us to have a deeper walk with Him. If we are not reflecting the love of Christ and the compassion of Jesus as we know we should, God is calling you out. He has more for you that what you are experiencing. God calls every Christian from the wiffle ball field to the big leagues – to a different turf – to be a fully committed, passionate follower of the Lord Jesus.

Are we living with the end in view? This past week, have you been thinking about the things of God or focused on the things of man? Are you where God wants you to be? Is God calling you out? 

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church