Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Toward a Great Commission Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention

In view of the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention, Johnny Hunt is promoting a document that has generated quite a bit of interest. You can access the document at

For articles related to the document, check out Baptist Press.

Let me know what you think about the article. I will publish my thoughts about it soon.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

"In Remembrance" The Lord's Supper Sunday, May 24th

Sunday, May 24th we will be observing The Lord's Supper during both of our morning worship services. This is the traditional Memorial Day weekend when we are reminded that freedom isn't free. The Lord's Supper reminds us that our salvation also came at great cost -- God giving us His Son -- Jesus!

The Gospel Text for Sunday, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24, 2009 Is
John 17:6-19

6 "I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. 13 "I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

Monday, May 11, 2009

May 17th -- Missionary to Zambia, Thomas Morrow to Share!

This Sunday, Thomas Morrow will be sharing in both morning worship services. Thomas and Amy along with their children are missionaries to Zambia, Africa. For more information about their ministry, check out

Scripture Readings
May 17, 2009 The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Psalm 98:2-3 (NIV)
2 The LORD has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

3 He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to the house of Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

Acts 10:44-48 (NIV)
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, 47 "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sermon Text for Mother's Day, May 10, 2009

The Gospel sermon text for the 5th Sunday of Easter is John 15:1-8 (NIV).

1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

For His Glory!
Pastor Joe