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Wynne First United Methodist Church

By Matt Carter
This is the Sunday morning Message from Wynne First United Methodist Church.
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9-25-22 Two or More Pt5
9-25-22 Two or More Pt5
September 25, 2022
9-18-22 Mike Davis from Gideon's International
9-18-22 Mike Davis from Gideon's International
September 20, 2022
9-11-22 Two or More pt4
9-11-22 Two or More pt4
September 11, 2022
9-4-22 Two or More pt3
9-4-22 Two or More pt3
September 04, 2022
8-28-22 Two or More Pt2
8-28-22 Two or More Pt2
August 28, 2022
8-21-22 Two or More
8-21-22 Two or More
August 21, 2022
8-16-21 Resurgence pt 4 with Brent Gambrell
8-16-21 Resurgence pt 4 with Brent Gambrell
August 17, 2022
8-15-21 Resurgence pt 3 with Brent Gambrell
8-15-21 Resurgence pt 3 with Brent Gambrell
August 16, 2022
8-14-21 Resurgence pt 2 with Brent Gambrell
8-14-21 Resurgence pt 2 with Brent Gambrell
August 15, 2022
8-14-22 Resurgence pt 1 with Brent Gambrell
8-14-22 Resurgence pt 1 with Brent Gambrell
August 14, 2022
8-7-22 Soul, Sleep, and Sabbath
8-7-22 Soul, Sleep, and Sabbath
August 07, 2022
7-31-22 Knowledge vs. Wisdom
7-31-22 Knowledge vs. Wisdom
July 31, 2022
July 25, 2022
July 25, 2022
7-10-22 As You are Gifted
7-10-22 As You are Gifted
July 10, 2022
7-3-22 All In
7-3-22 All In
July 03, 2022
July 03, 2022
6-19-22 Necessary Sorrow?
6-19-22 Necessary Sorrow?
June 22, 2022
6-12-22 How To Be When Nothing is Settled
How To Be When Nothing is Settled
June 12, 2022
6-5-22 But what if...
June 05, 2022
5-29-22 Preparing for the Harvest
Preparing for the Harvest 
May 29, 2022
5-22-22 Living in a Delightful Land
May 22, 2022
5-15-22 A Harvest of Generosity
May 16, 2022
5-8-22 A Mother's Gifts
May 08, 2022
5-1-22 Work to Prepare
May 02, 2022
4-24-22 A Resurrection Ruse
April 28, 2022
April 20, 2022
4-10-22 In Preparation
April 12, 2022
4-3-22 Killing Jesus
April 10, 2022
3-27-22 Roll the Stone Aside
March 31, 2022
3-20-22 Do You Believe This?
March 21, 2022
3-13-22 Good and Dead
March 14, 2022
3-6-22 John 10:22-42
March 14, 2022
2-27-22 Who is Leading Your Life?
March 14, 2022
2-20-22 Are You Blind?
March 14, 2022
2-13-22 John 9:1-12
March 14, 2022
March 14, 2022
January 27, 2022
January 16, 2022
January 16, 2022
January 16, 2022
December 26, 2021
12-19-21 Choir Christmas Program
12-19-21 Choir Christmas Program
December 25, 2021
December 18, 2021
12-5-21 Children's Christmas Program
12-5-21 Children's Christmas Program
December 18, 2021
11-28-21 Advent 1
11-28-21 Advent 1
December 01, 2021
December 01, 2021
11-14-21 Changing your Filter
Changing your Filter with Neil Folger
November 14, 2021
11-7-21 Jesus Is Always Moving- John 7:10-24
Jesus is always moving, but are we missing the greatest part of the story because we keep trying to live a life of discipleship through our own understanding? In John's gospel account Jesus moves throughout the crowd yet no one knows He is present. Just like Jesus's brothers, the crowd could not recognize Jesus, the Son of God, in their midst. He is always up to something...are you looking for Him, or settling to be vaguely familiar with Him?
November 07, 2021
10-31-21 Kingdom Disciples John 7:1-9
What does a disciple do? By definition, a disciple is someone who follows a teacher, learning their skills until they became just as masterful. In John chapter 7 Jesus' brothers give an example of what a disciple is not. When it is time to attend the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus' brothers hoped to cash in on some of the fame that was spreading. Hoping that the festival would allow some of Jesus' notoriety to dust off on them, they urged Jesus to attend so people would see Him. He tells them to go but that He is staying because His time had not yet come. Jesus knew that His brothers were searching for their own fame, and not attending the festival to remember God's goodness and faithfulness to His people. A true disciple is one that seeks to become as Christ for the purpose of making much of what God has done and wants to do in the lives of all who would respond. Jesus is the example for the believer, to become about God's kingdom in ALL actions. 
October 31, 2021
10-24-21 Authentic Biblical Stewardship
10-24-21 Authentic Biblical Stewardship
October 24, 2021
10-17-21 To whom would we go?- John 6:60-71
If we consider the cost of discipleship against the reasoning of our sinful selves, the call of Jesus is impossible to follow. Even if we are good people, it seems that Jesus calls us to become something we can't seem to accomplish. To eat of his body, to drink of his blood...has Jesus called us to cannibalism? Thankfully this is not the case, but even the reality that He is to become the source that we draw from for life, that we are to be consumed by His indwelling in us, is something that seems to be no easier to do. When His followers departed, Jesus asked His disciples if, they too, wished to go elsewhere. Peter's response, "To whom would we go?", reveals the difference between faith in Christ's accomplishment vs. faith in our ability to follow. In Christ, we find the words of life, and in Christ, we find that salvation has already been secured for those who would believe. Perhaps that is the hardest thing to comprehend...
October 20, 2021
10-10-21 I Am the Bread of Life- John 6:22-71
Stewardship refers to every aspect of life for the believer, but do we ever think of our spiritual confidence being a part of our call to stewardship? If every minute of our life was examined, would our life show that we were confident in the promises of Jesus Christ for our lives?  Jesus calls Himself, "The bread of life.", but what did it mean when Jesus called His followers to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood? Jesus tells the crowd who followed Him that the only work required for someone to receive the promises of God is, "To believe." What would it look like to believe in Jesus in such a way that it decided every word and the intent we lived each day. 
October 20, 2021
October 20, 2021
October 20, 2021
October 19, 2021
October 19, 2021
October 19, 2021
October 19, 2021
October 19, 2021
8-15-21 The Woman at the Well part 3
When the woman discovered Christ, her life was changed. Despite becoming unclean, Jesus met the woman where she was, in order that she might hear the message of salvation. As the disciples returned, Jesus taught them how God sustains His own as they seek to live for Him. As the disciples become part of His work, God will deliver the harvest that is ripe for the picking. For the woman, she responded to Jesus, became part of His work, and by her testimony, many people came to Christ and were delivered!
September 03, 2021
8-8-21 The Woman at the Well part 2
Jesus spoke with the woman at the well. He shattered norms and expectations and he began a new way of thinking. John tells the story of Jesus so that we can realize that a life in Christ is not about playing the part, but about responding to the work of Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Through Jesus Christ, God opens the door for people to worship Him in the truth and way He created them to. This woman's spiritual wisdom became her saving reality when she experienced Jesus.
September 03, 2021
8-1-21 The Woman at the Well part1
In John 4, Jesus crashes through cultural taboos in His exchange with a Samaritan woman at the well. His purpose went beyond what society accepted. The woman, once secure in her spirituality, realized what she was once sure of, was not as she thought. She discovers that life in Jesus offers more. Our response to Christ is determined by the understanding of our purpose. Are we sure of what we know? Are we still living for survival? Or have we realized that in Jesus, there is more, life, abundant...eternal...?
August 01, 2021
7-25-21 John 3 part 2
In John 3, there is a comparison between Nicodemus and John the Baptist. One looked the part, played the part and was affirmed by others, yet totally missed the mark. One cared little for tradition or detailed adherence to religious expectation, yet sought to honor God and glorify Jesus Christ with his entire life. While Nicodemus was affirmed by all who knew him as a man of God, within his heart he misunderstood what it meant to honor God. John however, knew that in all things Christ must be the center of our efforts. To truly live for Christ, we must live with the understanding that Christ is the center of our understanding, our purpose, and our reason for everything we are called to do in life. We live, and love, because God so Christ's glory is our affirmation!
July 25, 2021
7-18-21 John 3 part 1
In John’s gospel account he shares with the reader how the divine nature of God collides with the fullness of humanity necessary for salvation. In the 3rd chapter, John delivers the hallmark address of God’s great love and the purpose for the life and death of Jesus, so that all who look upon Him might be saved.
July 25, 2021
7-11-21 Witnessing with Kindness
Neal Folger shares three ways to be kind in sharing your faith.
July 14, 2021
7-4-21 The gospel of John
In John’s gospel account he shares with the reader how the divine nature of God collides with the fullness of humanity necessary for salvation. In the 3rd chapter, John delivers the hallmark address of God’s great love and the purpose for the life and death of Jesus, so that all who look upon Him might be saved.
July 14, 2021
6-20-21 Clearing of the Temple Part 2
The Pharisees, leaders of the temple, could not see the Son of God in Jesus Christ. Even through good intentions we miss the person and work of Jesus Christ when Christ is not the focus or the power by which we live our lives and seek to connect to God. (John 2:12-22)
June 25, 2021
6-13-21 Clearing of the Temple Part 1
Upon entering Jerusalem, Jesus saw the condition of the temple, and cleaned house. Driving out the moneychangers and those who turned a place of worship into a marketplace He revealed that through His coming and soon sacrifice, He brought a new system of worship and connection to God. In the heart is where the presence of God and the connection between the true believer and Creator exists. (John 2:12-22)
June 25, 2021
6-6-21 Neal, the "New Guy"
Our new Director of Student Ministries, Neal Folger, shares with us a little bit of his journey in faith and ministry and how God has led him this far and called him to join our faith family as we seek to grow together as disciples of Jesus Christ!
June 25, 2021
5-30-21 Water into Wine
At a wedding feast, a crisis erupts that could cause ruin to the groom and his whole party. Jesus responds by performing his first public miracle. Not only did it save the day, but it also reveals the way in which Jesus Christ came to save those who would place their life in Him for all eternity. Through normal means, Jesus accomplishes extraordinary things. (John 2:1-11)
June 25, 2021
5-16-21- The Lamb of God
Who Takes Away The Sin of The World- Jesus is the sacrificial lamb, redeeming those who would believe in Him. This statement is the beginning of life, an announcement we cannot afford to dismiss. (John 1-29-34)
May 17, 2021
5-9-21- John the Baptist
The voice of the one calling out from the desert gave his life to proclaim that the promised Messiah was coming and had now arrived. Through his witness, the world would be called to prepare for the coming king and salvation He brings. (John 1:15-28)
May 17, 2021
5-2-21 In The Beginning was the Word
John begins his gospel account with revealing the fully divine nature of Jesus entertwined with the fullness of humanity. In Jesus Christ, the fullness of God comes down to earth to redeem humanity. (John 1:1-1 4)
May 17, 2021
4-25-21 "Feed my Sheep"
He was the foundation on which Jesus said He would build His church. Yet he denied Christ 3 times. He was the leader of the Disciples after Jesus was with them no longer, yet he led them fishing, back to who they were before Jesus found them. Even though Peter failed to be the shining example of what we would think Christ's appointed leader would look like, he held a quality that Jesus knew would be necessary for success in his mission. On the bank of the lake, after Peter and the disciples fished all night, Jesus invites them once again to join him. For the other disciples it was a breakfast invitation, for Peter, it was an invitation to restoration. Three times Christ gave Peter the charge, "Feed my sheep." Each time Peter knew what Christ was really saying, "Though your heart may doubt, though fear may be present, even though you know your own failures and darkest demons, I know you. I know who you are now, and I know who you are going to be. Trust me, give me what you have, if you have any love for me at all, no matter how frail, trust me with it, and I will make your life into something you could never imagine. Follow me."
April 29, 2021
4-18-21 “Doubting” Thomas
One of the disciples was not with the others the first time Jesus appeared in their midst. Even with Mary Magdalene’s first-hand testimony as well as the eye-witness accounts of all of his friends, Thomas just could not accept that Jesus was alive. We usually think of “Doubting” Thomas as the knuckle head who couldn’t get it right. We see his stubbornness to accept what we profess as truth, but when we think about it, Thomas is probably more like us in this regard than we want to admit. This was no small claim that his friends were making, sure, Jesus spoke of such things, but all teachers use rhetoric to communicate for impact. Thomas needed tangible evidence if he was going to believe such lunacy! Then it happened, as Thomas was with the others later in the upper room, Jesus suddenly appeared, not entering through a door or window, they were locked for fear of people coming to arrest them. No, He just appeared, and He invited Thomas to see and feel for himself the evidence of His death and proof of His resurrection. Thomas went from a faith in head knowledge, hearing and being willing to follow Jesus, to a heart knowledge, trusting in his Savior Jesus! Jesus’s words, “Peace be with you.” would define Thomas’ purpose for life for the rest of his days!
April 21, 2021
4-11-21 Mary Magdalene (continued)
The story for Mary Magdalene was not over, in fact, it was just the beginning. Having been rescued by Jesus and invited to a new life, a new hope, Mary Magdalene would discover on that first Easter morning exactly what Jesus meant! For Mary, something happened inside of her the moment she recognized Jesus, her hope was no longer in the situation, but in the Savior. Because of what she realized she had to tell others. She ran to tell of what she had seen, proclaiming a message so bizarre that surely no one would listen to what she was saying. Jesus had revealed himself to someone that society would never value enough to pay attention to. Jesus showed that this message of hope, this Gospel message, was made for the broken, the lost, the singled out. It was not meant to be reserved for the elite or the religious. Jesus had died and rose again for all who would believe. And all who would believe would be called to go and share what they had seen. Salvation is here, in Jesus Christ we no longer have to endure life with no hope, we can have hope for now and for all eternity because of what He has done! What does the testimony of your life profess?
April 21, 2021
4-4-21 Easter Sunday
The morning at the tomb began as the day that the reality sank in for Mary Magdalene and the other disciples that it was all over. Jesus had been placed in the tomb and the only thing left to do was finish the burial customs that the Sabbath has halted. However, things didn’t turn out as Jesus’ followers expected. Instead of a body, they found and empty tomb and burial clothes. Instead of their day ending in the deep feeling that life would inevitably return to what it was before they had learned at the feet of Jesus, it would become the day that the rest of their lives truly began. When Mary first heard the words of the stranger she encountered at the tomb, “Who are you looking for?” she was sure it was the gardener, but when He called her name, she knew. It was Jesus, her teacher, the one who found her broken and tormented by demons. But He was different, there was something more to the Jesus that stood before her. On that Easter morning, Mary Magdalene, Peter, John and the rest of the disciples would realize that the promises of Jesus Christ had been fulfilled. Death had been defeated, sin was no longer holding the keys to life and eternity, Jesus was alive, fully alive, both fully human and at the same time fully God!
April 21, 2021
Palm Sunday 3-28-21
On Palm Sunday, we enter into the Passion Week where the events leading up to Jesus' time on the cross unfold. As he enters the city, Jesus' words to the Pharisees echo the words of the Psalmist, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone..." As Jesus reminds the Pharisees of their failure to comprehend and engage the kingdom that God intended to create, Jesus reveals that He will come to accomplish what they could not. The Psalmist's words serve as a reminder for all God's people that "HIS faithful love endures forever!" It is in our weakest moments of distress and chaos that God reaches out to us and through His own strength and authority defeats the powers that seek to destroy us. With our salvation also comes refuge and an assurance that if God is on our side, we have no need to fear anything else! If our strength and assurance for victory comes from God then God becomes the song of our life and therefore we have reason to praise for, "This is the Lord's doing, It is marvelous in our eyes." "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever!"
April 01, 2021
Lent 2021- Obedience in Discipleship- Part 2 - 3-14-21
The life that has been renewed through the work of Jesus Christ should echo a different sound than a life that is built and shaped by the world. For believers in Jesus, the meditations of our hearts and the thoughts that engage our mind each day should be evidence of the presence and the work of the Holy Spirit. In Luke 6:37-49, Jesus uses the example of judging others to help us understand the difference in a heart that is built on the things of God versus the ways and patterns of the world. Looking at the experience and wisdom of the author of Psalm 119 and 1 Peter, we are able to open up the deeper meaning of Jesus' teaching to help us realize that the fruit of our life is direct evidence of the things being cultivated in our hearts. As Christians, we are not called to right and wrong and judging the world based off our limited understanding of a person, but we are called to reflect Christ, to stand on God's truth for our own lives, and quick to show grace to others so that they might come to experience the grace and salvation that has brought about the change in our own lives.
March 17, 2021
Lent 2021- Obedience in Discipleship- Part 1 3-7-21
In our Lenten Series, Right and Wrong, we talk about how criticism of other people does not lead to the community that Jesus calls us to. Last time we looked at Romans 14 where Paul tells the church to be careful that they are not measuring up people by their own perspective. This week we look at Luke 6:37-49 where Jesus addresses the issue of judging. Not judging like in court or holding one accountable to Biblical truth, but the judging that comes from weighing others based on our own interests or position. When we worry more about the people around us than we worry about our position in Christ, our sinful nature often slips back into control. As Christians, we define ourselves by a new standard in everything we do and when we realize what Christ did for us on the cross, we want to show that same amount of grace to others. We must establish our character on who Jesus Christ is, being led by His example, authority and teachings, so that we will reflect the image of Christ to the world around us in all that we do.
March 09, 2021
ASU Wesley Foundation- Hope 2-28-21
Pastor Dennis Ellzey from the Arkansas State Wesley Foundation joins us this week to share with us the message of hope. Hope is meaningless if it is not given a body through the acts of God's people. When Jesus heals the paralytic man, the faithfulness, love and compassion of his four friends made his hope become a reality. As God's people, we carry the reality of hope that other people desperately need. We must be willing to go to the extremes in order to take the message of hope and the redemption that comes from Jesus Christ to the world!
March 09, 2021
Lent 2021- Criticism Is Not Accountability 2-21-21
In Romans 14, the Apostle Paul tells the church that community is an essential part of the life of faith. Community is something that God had in the plans from the very beginning and it is something that each of us need in order to grow and maintain a strong faith. But sometimes our natural self gets in the way. Paul warns the church in his letter to be careful that they do not measure people's worth in the family of faith based on their own perspective or what level they feel the other person has reached in their faith. Like a fruit tree needs another tree close by to pollinate, every Christian needs another Christian near to help them grow and produce the fruit of God in our lives. Its important that they are close enough that our roots can intertwine and support each other through the storms, but we must have our own space or else one will choke the other out. A fruit tree will never work to produce fruit on another tree, it can't! In the same way, one Christian cannot produce fruit in the life of another Christian. Only God can do that. When we encounter another person's faith, we must make sure we act as an encourager and not an enforcer! We lead through serving!
March 09, 2021
Faith Series- Found In Christ 2-14-21
Paul writes his letter to the Ephesian church from the viewpoint of someone who has personally experienced grace and what it means to be found in Jesus Christ. Long before we even knew it, God had a plan through Jesus to redeem us through sin. When we come to faith in Jesus, our desire for repentance allows Jesus to reclaim us from sin's hold and brings us into the family of God. But thats not all. As a part of God's family, we are given access to all the things that God has available to us to withstand the attempts of Satan to pull us back into our sinful ways. By putting on the armor of God we are able to stand strong and discern the right things of God, living our lives in our new identity for His glory. 
March 09, 2021
Faith Series- Not Right And Wrong 2-7-21
LeRoy Lawson once stated, "Nothing has done greater damage to our Christian testimony than our trying to be right and demanding right of others. We become preoccupied with what it and what is not right. We ask ourselves, Have we been justly or unjustly treated? and we think thus to vindicate our actions. But that is not our standard. The whole question for us is one of cross-bearing."  This week we continue in Paul's letter to the Ephesian church as we discover that what is always right, is not always all we are called to do. As Christians, covered under grace, we must be willing to go beyond seeking "right" knowing that our goal is to give God the absolute best we can! Because we have been made new, simply being right is not our task.
March 09, 2021
Faith Series- The True Meaning 1-31-2021
Faith begins and ends with the realization of what God has done in us through Jesus Christ. It is not about character development or the ability to change our actions, it is about understanding the call to abandon ourselves in order that our lives proclaim the salvation given through Jesus Christ. Salvation is not a right or privilege for a righteous person, it is completely a gift for the guilty. When we misunderstand what salvation is, we live a wrong type of faith, one that still depends on us for change. Everything has already been done in Christ.
March 09, 2021
Faith Series- The Evidence of Christian Maturity 1-24-21
In the book of Ephesians, Paul tells the church to, "Be better in your faith!" In a time and culture where it was very easy to let the ways of the world influence your faith practices, Paul tells the church to be diligent in growing and to not settle for being a person of empty devotion. Satan loves to make a Christian think they are being devout in their faith while in reality they are being devout in their image. It is up to the entire body of believers to hold one another accountable, teach younger generations and disciple people who are new to the faith. Paul's hope for the Ephesian church, and the hope for our church today, is that all believers would realize the call of faith to become mature, growing in understanding, devotion and gifting in order to build up the church and carry the message of Christ. This can only be done when believers are built on a solid foundation that is not tossed around by the winds of change and new ideas. 
March 08, 2021
Faith Series- Unity in Faith 1-17-21
The law of God reveals the power of sin in individuals. Through the blood of Christ we have been reconciled to God and have been called to unity among the body of believers. Ephesians 4:1-10 reveals that we often miss this aspect of salvation because we stay caught up in worldly priorities. When we fail to give control of our faith to Jesus, we miss out on the strength and support that He offers to us. When we seek to be united in peace with other believers for the purpose of God's Kingdom, God is able to use people from all different backgrounds and cultures to bring glory to Himself in the redemption of other people. Christ tells us that we must operate from the only source of power and control, that is God's, if we are to truly experience a life of His peace which will lead us to unity with other believers. 
March 08, 2021
Faith Series- God's Promises In This Life 1-10-21
It is through faith that we are able to live through all the tribulations of this life. When we join together with Jesus Christ in faith, it unites us with Him to where His peace dwells within us. Being brought near to God through the blood of Christ, we have been reconciled to Him. Because of this, we live in repentance as we seek to know God through the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This week we look at Ephesians 2:11-18.
March 08, 2021
Faith Series- Out of His Great Love 1-3-21
All that we have in regard to our faith is from God, as a result of His great love for us. Our natural self is inclined to sin and selfishness and unable to recognize or accept the things of God apart from His working in our lives. As we walk through the book of Ephesians we will see the way that faith is where our salvation begins, and it is where our being transformed into a new creation starts. Faith is the evidence of God working in our lives to undo what sin has inflicted.
March 08, 2021
Faith Series- Alive With Christ- 12-27-20
In the birth of Christ, God's mercy and love was shown for us in that we have been rescued from living in death and even despite or sins and situation, we have been given the chance for unity with Christ. In this unity we experience the victory over sin and the ways of the world. We are traveling through the book of Ephesians as we look at the different aspects of faith and how we are to live and grow in knowing Jesus Christ. 
March 08, 2021
Joy...Almost- Advent 2020 12-20-20
Joy isn't something based on our circumstances. It is something that comes from God that He has planned & freely given despite our place in this fallen world. When we live in an "Almost Joy" we claim to have the joy that comes from faith in Jesus, yet in reality, our perspective is still focused on the chaos around us. Experiencing an "Altogether Joy" is when we keep the perspective of what Jesus has done in our lives as the lens by which we exist. 
March 08, 2021
Love...Almost- Advent 2020 12-13-20
Almost Love welcomes only the parts of a person that are desirable to us, only the things that are easily accepted. An Altogether Love, one like Jesus offers, crosses cultural boundaries and racial lines. It is a love that is irrational in that it welcomes the person, however they are, because it realizes that God made our welcome possible through Jesus. Join us as we walk through the Advent Study, Almost Christmas, A Wesleyan Advent Experience. 
March 08, 2021
Hope...Almost- Advent 2020 12-6-2020
A voice of one calling out in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths!" The words of the prophet Isaiah ring out again, this time from a different messenger. John the Baptist declares the coming of the Messiah, the one who would deliver God's people once and for all. the message of hope reverberated through the towns and cities as people came to hear this messenger declare the coming of the one who would free them from sin and the predicament they have found themselves in. While John baptized the repentant people with water, he promised the Messiah to come would baptize with the power of the Holy Spirit which would change a person from the inside.  Understanding hope is critical to the life of a believer. Hope is what the life of faith is all about. But, what if the hope that Jesus speaks of is not just a hope for one's own situation or outcome? What if the hope that Jesus brings is something that comes when a believer, changed by the power of the Holy Spirit takes up the announcement of John the Baptist, declaring the goodness of the Messiah. Just as John understood his role of preparing people to hear the message of the need for repentance and turning to Jesus, the hope of the Christian is fulfilled when they realize their role in helping others to hear the message of Jesus Christ. It is when we join God in His kingdom work that we begin to see the fullness of the message and work that Jesus Christ came to bring! This is the difference between experiencing true hope, and almost experiencing hope!
December 07, 2020
Peace...Almost- Advent 2020 11-29-2020
John Wesley preached a sermon to an assembly at Oxford University where he addressed the understanding of an, “Almost Christian.” The Almost Christian is someone who, by all outward appearances seems to have everything in perfect order when it comes to being a devoted disciple of Christ. Just one thing keeps them from becoming an, “Altogether Christian.” Wesley would say that the one thing that keeps someone from experiencing the fullness of a life in Christ would be that they had not handed over control to the point that they experience the power that comes from a life in Jesus. As we enter into Advent, we are following the book-study, “Almost Christmas,” meaning that, while we use the familiar buzz words of the Advent season, Peace, Hope, Love and Joy, we rarely every prepare our hearts to truly experience the fullness of these words that the birth of Christ brought to us. The peace that Jesus gives is not peace such as the world gives. The systems of the world and of humanity tell us that peace is achieved when our situation and livelihood is the way we want it to be. The peace of Christ, however, is a peace that is not based on power or control, but on a foundation of love and contentment. When we allow the peace of Christ to enter into our lives, we find that our situations no longer control us, and no longer influence the way we see others….
November 30, 2020
This Is The Lord's Doing...And It Is Marvelous In Our Eyes...11-22-2020
Over the year 2020, despite the pandemic and a season of a different type of church life, God has been doing a lot of things in the life of the church. From new members joining is and becoming vital to the life and discipleship of our ministries, to several young students making a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Because of the different season of ministry, much of the mundane, “church work” has been replaced by a genuine commitment to one another and our community. The presence of God has been in our midst and we seek to continue to grow in His presence as we learn to be a disciple of Christ. We give thanks to God for all things of this year, good and bad. And we look forward to the year of ministry and life together in faith for 2021. Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory, this is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes!
November 30, 2020
Giving Thanks for God's Judgement of Sin 11-15-2020
One day God’s final judgement will take place. Everything that Her has said is not of Him will be done away with once and for all. As believers, this is something that can serve as a refuge in times of distress. For those without Christ, this serves as a reminder that Jesus has come to take away the judgment of our sin as we experience new life in Him. God protects and preserves their people. Our time on earth is small compared to eternity. Rejoicing in what God has said is to come allows us to endure even the toughest times, knowing that we have victory in Christ. We give thanks for the salvation we have already received within ourselves, and we can be thankful for the salvation from the effects of sin all around us that will come as God judges all sin once and for all.
November 30, 2020
Trusting In the Work of The Holy Spirit 11-8-2020
We get in a bad habit of thinking that it is always up to us to fix ourselves or our situations. We tell ourselves that now that we have found Jesus it is our responsibility to be perfect and get everything right....and most times we end up feeling like failures, realizing that we are worse now than we thought we were before. But have we ever thought about it that feeling inside of knowing that we need to change in certain areas within ourselves is actually the work of the Holy Spirit within us? The Spirit is the way in which God helps us to realize the ways that sin has corrupted who God created us to be and it is the Spirit by which God not only brings to light the things of sin, but also begins to work within us to change those things as we turn from them and make us more into the likeness of Jesus. Trusting in the work of the Holy Spirit within us frees us to depend on the work of Jesus Christ for our salvation AND our sanctification as we grow in our faith and understanding. We don't have to rely on our naturally sinful, selfish abilities, but rather we can rejoice and worship in light of the work that Jesus Christ has already done. Through the work of the Holy Spirit within our own lives, we can see the goal of God to redeem those around us as well. Finding joy in Christ's abilities also helps us to become excited about what God can do in the lives of others! 
November 11, 2020
By Grace Through Faith... 11-1-2020
Anything we have today has already been done through the work of Jesus Christ. Even though we were once sinful and apart from God, He still loved us enough to send His Son Jesus to take our place of judgement for sin. It was never up to us to "get it right", God already did that. It's up to us to believe. It is through our faith that we experience salvation and rightness with God. Not through our own abilities. We don't have such ability. We often however pay more attention to the effect than we do to the cause of our salvation. This leaves us wrought with feelings of failure and shame. We are called to place our faith in what Jesus did, not our ability to be perfect! Rightfully so, when we lean on the perfect work of Jesus, the Spirit works within us to bring about the life that Christ says is to be followed by everyone who loves Him. We cannot comprehend all that God's love means for us. He loves us at our worst, demonstrated through the giving of His Son Jesus, in response, we turn from sin, seeking to be Holy. 
November 09, 2020
Be Still... and know that I am God...
What do we do when our world is crashing in around us? How do we continue to move forward when it seems that everything is holding us back? What do we do when our soul is dry, when we don't want to pray, when we can't seem to find the strength to open our Bibles? These are all questions that everyone, even believers struggle with. There is no such thing as a perfect faith journey, we still struggle with sin, we still fail, we are still fallible, fragile humans. The author of Psalm 46 captures the importance of remembering who God is, who God is to us and for us, and helps us to remember that even in the toughest time of our lives, even if we are our own battle, that Jesus Christ is on our side. Sin has been defeated for us and God's kingdom is still in control. Join us as we learn to be still, and know God...
October 26, 2020
If you are one of my disciples go…
This week, Missionary and Evangelist Charlie Brown with Open Hearts Ministries shares with us his own testimony of how God can do miracles and change lives when Christians answer the call to take the message of Jesus Christ to the least, the last and the lost around the world. As we grow in our faith as a disciple of Christ, the Holy Spirit reveals within us the desire to follow Jesus with a new focus and goal in life. To make Jesus Christ know to every person we come into contact with. We have been commanded to “GO” to share the message of Jesus Christ so that all may come to know the saving power of Jesus’s death and resurrection, the most important message a person can ever hear. Due to a sound equipment issue our recording starts a few minutes after Charlie begins. Please listen as Charlie shares about a heart, changed by God, sent out to change hearts with the love of Christ.
October 26, 2020
Stewardship 2020- What Is Our Dream For Our Church Wk. 4
What can God do in my trusting of Him? What could God do through us if we let every part of who we are be for the purpose of the things that God calls us to? This week, the last week of our Stewardship Series for 2020, we look at the account of Moses, who trusted God to do great and wonderful things. Things that no person would ever consider or be successful in apart from a divine lead and power. As we think about what it means to be a “steward” of the things that God has given us, do we ever consider our very lives as something to be managed for the purposes of God? How does God use our story, our life, to share the Kingdom of God with other people?
October 26, 2020
Stewardship 2020- What Is Our Dream For Our Church Wk. 3
What is a Biblical Understanding of Stewardship? Is stewardship all about our financial understanding of supporting the church? As Disciples we grow and discover each day where we need to give God control of our lives. The deeper source of our understanding of stewardship begins in our heart. The world tells us that we are number one, but the Bible tells us that because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we realize that we were created that God might be number one in our life. As we learn to re-prioritize our time, talents and resources to make God first, God pours out on us the grace and joy that He has always intended for us. How we spend our time and order our priorities are a direct reflection of the heart...
September 30, 2020
Stewardship 2020- What is the Dream for our Church Wk. 2
What will we leave behind for future generations. Each generation must ask themselves what will they do with their time and resources to pass down the faith that they claimed throughout their time here on Earth. If we are truly convinced of what Jesus Christ has done our understanding of a new life will lead us to trust God, even before we know what He is up to. As God led Israel across the Jordan into the promised land, He didn't just let them cross and be done. God ordered Joshua to have a monument erected in order that Israel would remember the faithfulness of God and that for generations after them, their children would be able to hear the story of what God does for His people. 
September 30, 2020
Stewardship 2020- What Is Our Dream For Our Church
We begin our Stewardship Campaign for 2020 this week. But this year our focus is not so much on our finances but more at what is the root understanding of our Finances. Looking at Matthew 6:19-24 we see that where our money is, there our heart is as well. In planning for our 2021 ministry year, we are challenged in our understanding of what it means to be a cheerful giver. Do we give to God the same that we give to ourselves? Do we give out of cheerful participation or guilty obligation? One way to know the condition of our giving is to  see how our time is spent. Do we give, but do not serve? Do we not serve or give? These are the questions we will be exploring each week in our series as we seek to be cheerful givers in ALL areas of our lives and grow in our understanding that God had called us to make disciples of Jesus Christ to change the world and invest in the next generations of believers! 
September 18, 2020
Thy Kingdom Come-Thy Will Be Done
Thy Kingdom Come-Thy Will Be Done. If you are a Christian you have prayed these words. Most likely you have prayed them thousands of times in your head. But do we really understand what we are praying or what Jesus meant when he gave us this example of how to model our prayer patterns. As we look at current political and societal currents, what does it mean when a Christian prays the words, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done? Join us this week as we uncover the meaning behind Jesus' prayer. Some of the material used in creating this sermon borrows from N. T. Wright's book, "The Lord and His Prayer"  part of a sermon series he preached at the Lichfield Cathedral during Advent of 1995. In his study he uncovers the intentions of Christ's message of these words, not only for Himself, but for all who would call themselves a disciple. 
August 31, 2020
Dont Be OK With Being OK- Week 6
We finish up our Don't Be OK series where we have followed the Prophet Elijah as he confronts King Ahab and the way that Israel has been led away from worshipping God to worshipping the false god of Baal. As Elijah seemed to have claimed victory on Mt. Carmel, the situation for Israel, and Elijah, did not change. As Elijah retreated from the wrath of Queen Jezebel and from his own inner feelings of defeat, Elijah was led to a sacred place where God has encountered His people before. On Mt. Carmel, Elijah experienced the true presence of God and soon realized that through everything, His God was always there....  We have cut down on the length of our podcasts by beginning to only have the message portion of the service uploaded. This has cut down greatly on our processing and uploading work necessary to produce our podcasts and youtube videos each week. 
August 27, 2020
Don't Be OK With Being OK-Week 5
Its the main event....everything Elijah has been being prepared for has finally come. Ahab, the prophets of Baal and the nation of Israel have come to face this prophet, who brought the deadly drought upon them, on Mt. Carmel. Today will be the day that Israel finally must make a decision of whether they will follow Baal, who has failed to bring the rains that he is supposed to have power over, or will they turn back to the One True God.  The situation that Israel has found themselves in is not that much different than where the American Church seems to be headed. Listen in as we discover how the life of Christians today seems to be traveling the same path that Israel did so long ago. The saying is true...if you forget your past, you are bound to repeat it...
August 17, 2020
Dont Be OK With Being OK-Week 4
We move into 1 Kings 18 this week as we continue following Elijah's story as he confronts King Ahab who has moved the nation of Israel away from worshipping God and instead following the false god Baal. This week we are introduced to Obadiah, a faithful follower of God who serves in the Court of Ahab. His secret is out and now he must rely on the faith he has held onto to keep him safe. Join us as we seek to grow on the foundation of God's Word!!
August 09, 2020
The Importance of Retreat with Rev. Mark Norman
This week our District Superintendent, Rev. Mark Norman shares with us the need for retreat, even in the midst of a pandemic, so that we may be the hands, feet and image of Jesus in a world so desperately in need.
August 06, 2020
Dont Be OK With Being OK-Week 3
When tragedy strikes where do you turn? This week we look at Elijah as he turned to the only place he knew, God. Because of his faithfulness to God, God was faithful to him!!
July 27, 2020
Don't Be OK With Being OK-Week 2- Senior Sunday 2020
God called Elijah deep into the heart of Baal worship territory, to a widow woman with hardly enough resources to sustain herself, much less the prophet of God. Trusting in what he knew of God, Elijah was faithful and as a result, God blessed him and the widow and her son. When we trust God more than our circumstances, not only is God faithful to us, He is also faithful to those we influence. 
July 26, 2020
Dont Be OK With Being OK-Week 1
This week we explore the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 16:29-34 & 17:1-7 in order to see the way that God often calls His people to stand against evil even when the situation is not optimal. We follow the example of Elijah, standing on the authority and knowledge of God as he confronts King Ahab. As Christians, we too must be able to stand alone on the truth of God's Word, even when the world and all odds are against us. If our confidence is in our own ability or understanding we will surely fail, but when we place our trust and confidence in the power and promises of God, He will use us to do amazing things for His kingdom!
July 13, 2020
Holiness Series: Week 5- Foundations of a Holy Life.
You can't be holy on your own. No matter how hard you try. Apart from the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, we may look good to the world, but we will never look like Christ. The foundation that our faith must be built upon depends on Christ as our Cornerstone. From His death and resurrection, every facet of our life must be aligned with His teachings, the Word of God. If any part of our faith does not align with Him, our faith system will be off. Even minor inconsistencies bring huge errors! The same is true for the community of believers, the church. If we do not focus on and function by the Word of God, Jesus Christ as our cornerstone and foundation for life, our mission to the world will never reveal the awesome power of The One True God. Listen in as we hear Peter's message in 1 Peter 2 about what it means to have Christ as our Foundation for a Holy Life!
July 06, 2020
Holiness Series: Week 4- Why Holiness? Part 3: We Must Be Holy Because We Are Totally Rotten!
We take a look at Romans 7 this week as we understand the struggle within each of us and the call of faith to desire to do the things of God. But what do we do when our heart's desire is overcome by our sinful inability? Pauls shares with us his own experience. Listen in as we discover how sin had made each of us completely and totally rotten before a Holy God. But God sent His son Jesus to do what we could not!
June 28, 2020
Holiness Series: Week 3- Why Holiness? Part 2: Because the Worlds Needs It
Christians are called to be holy. Everything about the life of a believer must be built on the foundation that God is holy and we are called to be likewise. An unholy Christian, though they may look pleasing to the world around them, will never give the full image or likeness of Jesus Christ. Paul tell the church in Rome that we have been buried with Christ as in death, BUT, we have also been raised again to new life. No more is sin to rule over our earthly bodies. The freedom from sin and abundant life made possible through the resurrection of Jesus Christ is meant to be experienced even today! Join us as we walk through this new life as we explore Romans chapter 6. Why Holiness? Because The World Needs Christians to be Holy.
June 21, 2020
Holiness Series: Week 2- Why Holiness? Part 1: Our Call to Holy Living
This week we look at Peter's letter to the believers who were scattered among the nations. Even in the midst of persecution and lack of fellowship with other believers, Peter reminded them of the life that comes from faith in Jesus Christ and an inheritance that is kept safe in Heaven. We are called to be holy, set apart for God and obedient to His word, not to earn salvation, that is a gift through the work of Jesus Christ, but out of gratitude for what was done for us! Christ, our savior known before the foundations of the world, has come to give us life abundantly that cannot be shaken by our circumstances. (1 Peter 1)
June 13, 2020
Holiness Series: Week 1- God's Holiness
Everything about God begins at one place. His holiness. As we explore the way that God is set apart from us in every single way, we can begin to understand His righteousness and the importance of our obedience to the word of God. 
June 07, 2020
Pentecost 2020-The Life Giving Spirit
As we celebrate Pentecost 2020, we experience the power and joy that comes from the fulfillment of Christ's promise to send us a great helper. We take a look at that day when the Disciples were given extraordinary power and through their actions changed the world. We also look at Paul's letter to the believers in Rome as he testifies to the new life that come from a relationship with Christ and the indwelling of the Spirit of God in our new lives!!
May 30, 2020
The Parable of The Sower- Matthew 13
Why do some people respond to the Savior's calling and some do not. Jesus answers that question as he addresses the crowds in Matthew 13. He asks each of us to consider what type of soil our heart may be when we consider what it means to be a disciple of Christ!
May 24, 2020
Reset Series Week 5- Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name of The Lord- Luke 13
For our final week in our Reset Series we finish Lukes 13th chapter. His lament for Jerusalem and their unending denial of the salvation that God has extended to them conveys to us. Do we deny and ignore repeated attempts of God trying to warn us and draw us into repentance through Jesus Christ necessary to experience the abundant life and eternal salvation. 
May 16, 2020
Reset Series-Week 4- The Narrow Way
Join us as we continue our Reset Sermon Series where we walk through Luke's Gospel, chapter 13 as Jesus shares what it means to be a true disciple and not a person who is along for the ride, without the commitment. This week we listen as Jesus shares the narrow way to God's Kingdom. Some follow for the show, but Jesus tells us to follow for life!
May 11, 2020
Reset Series Week 2
Do we tell others about God's Word because they need to "get it right," or do we share our faith because we realize where we once stood before God but with Jesus Christ realize how He loves us? Join us this week as we reset theological understandings of what it means to share what Christ has done in our own lives so that we may walk with others as they discover the life of repentance that Christ calls each one of us into. We look at Luke's gospel and discover how we are called to love others, because He first loved us!!
May 03, 2020
Reset Sermon Series- Luke 13
Is our faith cultural or conversional? Do we tell people about Jesus because we understand what He has done for us, or do we simply want people to be like us? Do we share God's Word to change lives or in attempts to make someone's life more acceptable to us? Are we more worried about our systems, traditions and our "church" than we are about the people we are called to love? Join us as we walk with Jesus in Luke's 13th chapter as we continue to discover what it means to repent and how sometimes our best intentions are not based on the right motivations. 
April 25, 2020
Easter 2020- The Resurrection Power of Jesus
Sometimes, Jesus withholds the awareness of His presence from us because our hearts are not ready to understand the message of His words. Join us for this Easter Celebration as we look at the events of that first Easter morning to see the way that Christ seldom works in the ways we think He should. 
April 12, 2020
Wynne FUMC 4-5-2020- Palm Sunday
This is Palm Sunday, the day we celebrate Christ the King's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem to establish His kingdom on earth. Yet it wasn't done the way one would expect. Listen in as we continue in our Journey with Seedbed Publishing's "Listen To Him- 40 Days On The Road To The Cross With Jesus"  Also in the episode, hear the testimony of one of our students, Rayleigh House.
April 06, 2020
Listen To Him Lenten Series 2020- "How Much Will You Spend"
Listen as we discover Jesus' teaching as he speaks to the crowd in Luke 18:18-30. As we think about what is means to be a disciple, Jesus asks us how much we are willing to pay. The Gospel will cost us everything, are we truly ready to give it?
March 31, 2020
Lenten Series, Listen To Him, March 22, 2020
Lenten Sermon Series, based on J.D. Walt's, "Listen To Him" devotional series. This Sunday we explore Luke chapter 15, The Prodigal Son, as we discover the way that pride is a strong force that can keep us from experiencing the Father's love, even if we know Jesus!
March 22, 2020
2-23-2020 The Transfiguration of Jesus: Matthew 17:1-9
This week we explore Matthew's Gospel account of the Transfiguration of Jesus. As Jesus embodies not only His full humanity, but also His full diety, we discover not only what that meant for the disciples, Peter, James and John, but also what it means for us today as disciples of Christ. Our God came down to us, so that we may come back to Him.
February 27, 2020