Posts from March 2017

“Finding Homes for Dragons” Ephesians 2:19 22

In keeping with the “Church First” theme, today, we focus on our church’s unique openness and welcoming atmosphere.  Today’s skit (Debbie and the Dragon) communicated to us the task of the Church: namely to find homes for dragons.  Look around you; there are dragons everywhere.  We all have unsightly scales and occasional bad breath.  Look at your neighbor and say, “You are looking a bit scaly today.”

“Church First” Hebrews 10:19-25

During this church year, many of my sermons will be highlighting the theme, “Church First.”  Our hope is to continue to remind ourselves of how important our church is.  In writing to the Hebrews, the author reminded them of how important it was for them to gather together for worship.  But the reason we should place “Church First” is because of Jesus.  If the Church is the Body of Christ, then to make Church First, we have to be followers of Christ.  The best way I know to do that is to adhere to what Jesus taught.

“Stop Holding the Mirror” Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Ash Wednesday

Most Baptist churches do not have Ash Wednesday Services; many Baptist churches never mention the season of Lent.  When I was growing up in a Baptist church, I only heard the words “Lent” and “Advent” when we went to my grandmother’s church, Jones Chapel United Methodist Church in Madison County.  Now, most Baptist churches observe Advent; many Baptist churches mention Lent; a few Baptist churches have Ash Wednesday Services.  Many Baptists choose not to speak of Lent or have Ash Wednesday Services, because they say that Catholics do that, which is true.  But other Protestants like Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Methodists also have Ash Wednesday Services.  So we gather tonight more as Christians than as Baptists, and frankly, I will make that choice every time.