May 13, 2018 Mother’s Day Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

A Model of Motherhood (1 Samuel 1-2)

In the first book of Samuel, we are introduced to a lady named Hannah. As we learn about Hannah in the first two chapters, we will see a model of motherhood and some defining traits of women of faith.

Women of faith….

  1. exhibit real problems (1 Samuel 1:1-8 NIV),
  2. express vibrant prayers (1 Samuel 1:9-18 NIV),
  3. experience God’s provision (1 Samuel 1:19-20 NIV),
  4. excel at keeping their promises (1 Samuel 1:2-28 NIV), and
  5. explode with praise (1 Samuel 2:1-11 NIV).

Hannah was a good example of a woman of faith. She endured silent years of suffering. She goes to the place of worship time and time again. She faithfully worships and pours out her heart in tears. When God answers her prayers, she explodes with praise.

Women, you are a great worth in God’s sight whether or not you have a child. Lift your head and realize that God loves you for who you are, not for what you can do. He knows your sorrow and your pain and will meet you where you are. Moms, make it your mission to give your children to the Lord for a lifetime of service. I can’t think of a greater purpose nor a higher honor than to help children be ready to surrender their life to the Lord.

One of the lessons we can learn from Hannah is that we each, men and women, need a growing relationship with God. If you want your children to learn and become a passionate follower of Jesus, they need to see it in you. Do you have a relationship with God?

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church

May 6, 2018 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

Following The Jesus Way (Mark 10:46-52)

The desire of Burgin Baptist Church is that everyone learns to live and to love and to lead just like Jesus. Today, we will look at how Jesus responded to a blind man and learn how to follow the Jesus Way.

In the Jesus Way, every person is important (Mark 10:49). The Jesus Way focuses on others. We should train our ears and eyes to hear and see just like Jesus. Jesus was not oblivious to the needs of others. The Jesus way doesn’t get distracted. Never lose sight of your mission.

When you follow the Jesus Way, you ask, “What can I do for you” (Mark 10:51). The Jesus Way is always about helping others. If you know Jesus as your Savior, you are called to be a servant and help others.  Our focus should be on what we can give instead of what we can get.

The Jesus Way doesn’t expect a payback (Mark 10:52). Jesus never said “now you owe me!” 

Are you walking in the Jesus Way? We invite you today!

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church

April 29, 2018 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

The Jesus Way to be Great (Mark 10:32-45)

What is the Jesus way to be great? Jesus made this statement, “Even the son of man did not come to be served but to serve.” (Mark 10:45 NIV). He is our example that we are to follow. Examine your heart and ask yourself, “Am I a servant the Jesus way? Am I following after Him?” 

The Jesus Way to be great….

  1. Focus on what you can give (rather than on what you can get).
  2. Be willing to pay the price.
  3. Put others first.

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church

April 15, 2018 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

Why is life so difficult? (2 Corinthians 2:6)

Is anybody’s life a cake walk, perfect and rosy? The state of the human race, if you look at the news, reveals to us that we are incapable of living peaceful lives one with another. Life can be extremely messy hindered by financial stress, self-imposed health problems, rebellious children, divorce, conflict with our neighbors, dishonesty, crime and fear. We should be able to live the good life, but it seems to be out of our reach. Why is life so difficult?

Jesus tells us in John 10:10, “The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy., but I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Life is difficult because we are all sinners from birth (Psalm 51:5), and our best efforts on our own are not good enough (Isaiah 64:6).

There is hope! There is a solution! Jesus gives us the opportunity to be made a new creation and spiritually alive – not repaired or fixed – but new (2 Corinthians 5:17). When you accept Christ as your Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within you. Then your life has new potential and new meaning. Romans 8:13 tells us, “If you do what your sinful old selves want you to do, you will die in sin. But if, through the power of the Holy Spirit, you destroy those actions to which the body can be led, you will have life.” If you are in Christ, you have the potential to have an abundant life and experience God’s favor and blessings. God made a plan to intervene through Jesus, and He offers new life as a gift. God wants everyone to come to repentance and have an abundant life.

You have a choice. Are you ready to trust Christ as your Savior and become a new creation?

Blessings,

Burgin Baptist Church