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January 8, 2018, 11:18 AM

Ephesians 1:16-21 A prayer that we all need

Church Family,

Due to the cold weather, we are going to move the Senior Adult outing to next Tuesday January 16th. They will be eating here at the church. Please help spread the word.

My worship time this morning lead me to study Ephesians 1:16-21 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

This is my prayer for you this morning. I pray that you may know what is the hope to which Christ has called you. I pray that you will know the riches of His glorious inheritance and the immeasurable greatness of His power towards us who believe. The fact that God saved us is enough, but God keeps giving to those who believe. Cling to His hope, trust in the Kingdom to Come, and realize the amount of might and power that the church has in and through Christ.

Reminders:

1) Pray for the youth as the travel this Friday and return next Tuesday. Ask that God will save the lost and revived the saved.

2) Pray for Matt Hess and Scott Ridenour's trip here January 22nd-24th. Pray that God will build our relationship with them and that God would send other pastor's and churches to help with reaching the people of Toronto.

3) Monday January 22nd at 6pm We are hosting the Waccamaw Association Meeting

4) Wednesday January 24th we are having service at 6pm. Matt and Scott will be here to eat, fellowship and share with us. There will be a time for questions that you may have for them. 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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January 5, 2018, 8:49 AM

Ephesians 1:3-10 The Blessings found in Christ

Church Family,

Praise the Lord for sunshine and melting ice. As we get ready to celebrate the life of Vera Richardson this morning, let me offer some great words of encouragement.

Ephesians 1:3-10 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

I want to pick my words carefully here, God has not called us to become something. God has called us to be what He has already made us in and through Jesus. We are to be perfected in the sense that we don’t just say we are holy, but we live it.

Look at v3. The Father has blessed us with every spiritual blessing already. Those blessings include:

V4 being holy and blameless before Him.

V5 adoption into the family of God

V6 Praise

V7 Redemption

V7 Forgiveness

V7 Grace abounding

V8 wisdom and insight

V9 knowledge and understanding of the mysteries of God- mainly, that God Himself would come die for our sins, be buried, and on the 3rd day be raised from the dead

V9-10 Christ gives us Purpose

What are you lacking today? What is it that you desire to have and are beating yourself up over? Look to Jesus. Through Him the Father has already given you all that you need. Stop trying to become someone different. Learn to be who God has already made you.

Reminders:

  1. Funeral this morning for Vera Richardson at 11am.
  2. We have a Baptismal service this Sunday morning. Please be praying and bring your worship with you to church this Sunday.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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January 3, 2018, 11:11 AM

Ephesians 1:1-2 By the will of God

Church Family,

Tonight, we will not have services due to the weather. Please keep warm and pray for those who have to be out in this weather.

At least for this week and hopefully longer I am going to try and use our devotional email to walk through a book of the bible. I really like to read more than a few verses each day, but I feel like we may gain more this way.

Ephesians 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I used to think that Paul was bragging with his introductions. Look at me, I’m an apostle, but now I realize that Paul is really bragging on God. His identity is in Jesus and who Jesus called him to be. His authority is also given by the One that called him. All that Paul is, is a result of God’s will. Do you see your job/calling correctly as being that of the will of God? By God’s will, grace was extended to save you. By God’s will, grace called you to be a teacher, banker, carpenter, preacher, etc.

V2 is too good to not mention. Grace, unmerited favor, must precede peace. You can’t have peace with God unless you’ve experienced the grace of God. Unless your sin has been dealt with, you can’t have peace with God.

2 things:

  1. Embrace God’s will and calling on your life. Don’t stop aspiring for more, but take some time to thank God for the life that He has given you. Be satisfied with God.
  2. If you are seeking peace with God, you first must experience the Grace of God.

Reminders:

  1. No church tonight.
  2. We are having a baptismal service this Sunday. Begin your new year with a bang and come worship with us. Praying that God will bring more from eternal death to life this year.
  3. On this day 9 years ago we moved into the parsonage at High Point Baptist. Our first Sunday was January 4th. We are so thankful for God’s will.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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December 29, 2017, 9:44 AM

3 steps we will be taking as a church this year

Church Family,

During the last email I mentioned what I believe are some of things the Lord is leading our church to focus on for this year.

  1. A deeper focus on small groups
  2. Making Disciples at home and around the world.
  3. Prayer, lots of prayer.

This morning I want to mention some basic steps for how we are going to do this and our ultimate reason for why.

  1. To develop stronger small groups we are going to continue Reaching, Teaching, and Ministering to others. This includes a nasty word, accountability. We want to develop a culture that expects others to walk along side of us as we serve Christ.
  2. We are going to practice making every conversation into an opportunity to present the gospel.
  3. We are going to intentionally ask publicly, what is best versus what is good? With this question we will be required to pray for faith to accomplish what’s best and for peace. Any time there is movement there is friction. We need to pray as God continues to change us to be more like Him.

 

Why are we doing all of this?

2 Corinthians 5:20 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 

In everything that we do as a body of Christ, we want to be used by God to appeal to the lost to be reconciled to God. As an ambassador we are representing Christ. We want to tell the world that if they want to see an example of Jesus, then look to us.

Reminders:

  1. We will not have night services this Sunday.
  2. January 22nd we are hosting the Associational meeting. Matt Hess, Toronto Church Planter, will be here to speak to the association. Matt is also bringing his mission coordinator, Scott Ridenour
  3. January 24th Matt Hess will be with us to meet just our church and spend time with us. Come and learn more about our partnership with Matt to reach the world for Christ.
  4. June 24th- 30th we are going to Toronto for a mission trip.
  5. Be in prayer as to how God can use us to reach Conway and the surrounding areas for Christ this year.

Big Question: Can you share how God used the church, an event, or person to impact you and/or your family this year?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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December 27, 2017, 9:07 AM

If the Lord wills...

Church Family,

I hope and trust that everyone had a great Christmas. I want to encourage you to take some time to enjoy this time of year, but I also know that a new year quickly approaches.

This is also the time of year for new year’s resolutions, vision casting, making goals, etc. All those things can be very beneficial, but let me also give this warning from the book of James.

James 4:13-17 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.16As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Sadly, I read where a woman claiming to be a believer told a family who’s daughter was sick, that the sickness would leave immediately. This woman claimed the power of God and by her command, the sickness would leave. No mention of the will of God, but rather what she was claiming and casting out. When the daughter died, I wonder what the family thought of God and of this woman. What arrogance on her part! The Bible is not against planning or praying, in fact, the Bible is very much for both of these. We must remember at all times though, that we are living for the glory of God and His will. Not ours.

With that being said, Lord willing, here is what I believe God is calling our church to do this year.(Friday we may discuss some of the steps to accomplish these goals).

  1. A deeper focus on small groups
    1. This includes Sunday school, Discipleship training, Bible studies, men and women’s group, etc.
    2. We want to create a culture of living for Jesus together through relationships.
  2. Making Disciples at home and around the world.
    1. We want to create a culture of sharing the gospel. How can we turn every conversation into one that shares the gospel?
    2. Mission Conway: How can we reach our neighborhood? Our city?
    3. Toronto Church plant and beyond
  3. Prayer, lots of prayer.
    1. We want to create a culture where our church house is a house of prayer.

Reminders:

  1. A special thank you to the Choir for leading us in worship this past Sunday. We are so thankful for our special program leaders and those that participated.
  2. We will not have night services this Sunday.
  3. January 22nd we are hosting the Associational meeting. Matt Hess, Toronto Church Planter, will be here to speak to the association. Matt is also bringing his mission coordinator, Scott Ridenour
  4. January 24th Matt Hess will be with us to meet just our church and spend time with us. Come and learn more about our partnership with Matt to reach the world for Christ.
  5. June 24th- 30th we are going to Toronto for a mission trip.
  6. Be in prayer as to how God can use us to reach Conway and the surrounding areas for Christ this year.

Big Question: With the new year beginning, is there a book of the bible that you would like for me to go through as part of our Monday, Wednesday, and Friday email devotional? Are there any changes that you would like to see made to make the email/devotional better?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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