Month: September 2015

A Healthy Church is a Praying Church

Thursday evening at 7pm we will gather and pray at Craig & Kathy’s house (map). The book of Acts is full of examples of God’s people gathering to pray together…

  • “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer” (Acts 1:14; also Acts 2:42).
  • “They lifted their voices together to God” (Acts 4:24), and the filling of the Holy Spirit fell after they prayed together (Acts 4:31).
  • The church chose the Seven, and “they prayed and laid their hands on them” (Acts 6:6).
  • While Peter was in prison, “earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church” (Acts 12:5), and when he escaped miraculously, he found “many were gathered together and were praying” (Acts 12:12).
  • It was “after fasting and praying” that the church in Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas out on the first missionary journey (Acts 13:3), and “when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord” (Acts 14:23).
  • Even in jail, “Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God” (Acts 16:25).
  • And in an emotional goodbye to the Ephesian elders, Paul “knelt down and prayed with them all” (Acts 20:36; also Acts 21:5).
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What is the Hope of the Next Generation?

WHAT IS THE HOPE OF THE NEXT GENERATION? This is the crucial question we looked at last Sunday, as we opened Psalm 78:1-8 and explored God’s generational mission/vision for families and his church. Here’s the big picture of the text; and thus, of the sermon…

“Our vision is a vision of placing seeds of hope. It is a vision of helping children to know and love Jesus. It is indeed a generational vision.”

Link to the audio version of What is the Hope of the Next Generation?

Why Guest Preachers @ Mercy Hill?

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Jevon Washington from Fellowship Church Memphis

Last Sunday and again this coming Sunday, we are hosting Jevon Washington as a guest preacher.  For those who are new to MHC, and as a reminder to all the rest of us, here is why we have men, like Jevon, preaching from time to time…

As my good friend Adam Sinnett put it (and I agree)…”I’m not jealous about the pulpit.” So, when I step out of the pulpit it is not because I just want to take some time off. One of the desires God has placed in my heart at this season of my life is to help develop the next generation of preachers/leaders for God’s church. That desire means we don’t always have the continuity you might want, but I think it is worth any challenge, awkwardness or confusion that might happen.

Again, I love how Adam talked about this: ”The local church was not instituted by Jesus to be a theatrical performance where only the best actors get on stage. No. The local church was instituted by God to be an outpost where the gospel is declared and its implications are lived out.”

What that means is that when I’m not preaching you’re not merely witnessing a second-string, “fill in” but a man who is often in the process of discerning and working out his calling and sharpening his gifts before God in the context of Jesus’ church.

It is a unique role we can play. It is a beautiful thing. Let’s pray, encourage, root for and honor such men and ask Jesus to raise up even more.

Soaking in God’s Promises

promiseslogoFor all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20)

We spent the bulk of this summer letting a few of the promises of God flood into our lives; soaking in them; finding our joy in them; hoping in them; resting in them. Here are links to the sermon audio from the “I Promise…” (Trusting in God’s Faithfulness) series…

God Has More Skin in the Game

promiseslogoFrom last Sunday’s sermon…”God cares more about your growth in obedience & holiness than you do, because he is jealous that his name be glorified in you. He is faithful to his promises. Therefore, someday, you will stand before him a complete man or woman – a trophy of his grace – a fully complete, joyful, happy, obedient child of God!”

Listen to: I Will Finish What I Started

All the messages from the “I Promise…” (Trusting in the Faithfulness of God) sermon series can be found here.