Who We Are

We are a community of believers who profess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  We are currently meeting on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for Drive-up Worship and short-range FM transmission on 102.7.  Our address is 106 Fawn Rd. Clinton, SC 29325.

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Forgiveness & Loving Your Enemy – Meg Marley

2020-9-13 Main Sermon
Credo of forgiveness
God’s Truth the same when things seem simpler and when they are more difficult.
Committed to love and pray for your enemies – those who persecute you.
Jesus forgives those who are the most cruel to Him.
Recognize God’s sacrificial love and the example He sets in Jesus.
Part of love and forgiveness is attempting to right wrong – both for those who hurt and those who are hurting.
Woman at the well – Jesus saved her and then commanded no more.

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The Parable of the Rich Fool – Meg Marley

2020-8-23 Main Sermon
Storing up riches for yourself and not being “rich”: toward God.
Bringing God’s perspective to the haves and the have nots.
God provides for our needs and we are to respond to God’s needs in the world.
In dealing with greed, the parable is not just for wealthy or poor. It’s a warning for all of us – warning of the futility of valuing things above valuing God.
The rich fool with abundance thinks of himself instead of offering it in God’s service.
Doing things that profit him alone.
Get your focus off today and on to eternity.
2 Corinthians 4:7
Seek the spiritual benefits of God’s kingdom rather than the material goods of the world.
Focus on working for God’s kingdom – time gifts and money used in responsible ways to glorify God
What is God calling us to do? Different things for different people.
Use possessions to have a lasting effect. God wants to free us from the worries of this life.
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Four Priorities of a Spiritual Leader – Herb Codington

2020-8-16 Main Sermon
Titus 1:5-9
Puritan strengths – industry, faithfulness and order
as versus world’s drive for money, sex and power
The Idiot by Dostoevsky
Two things that are most difficult to get people to do –
1.) to think
2.) to do things in the order of their importance
Four priorities/loves of a spiritual leader –
1.) love of family – 1 Timothy 3:5 – give energy, attention and time to it
2.) love of holiness
3.) love/passion for the Word – embracing and living out the Truth and using it to encourage and exhort others. Also using the Truth to refute those whose oppose it.
4.) love of God’s people – the church seen as a privilege, not an odious responsibility, while not caring who gets the credit
Maintain these four loves and leave the results/fruit to God
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Godly leadership – Herb Codington

2020-8-9 Main Sermon
Titus 1:5-9
Leadership vacuum – first thing Paul addresses – solid, dependable, godly leadership in churches being established.
Life fluid at this position in church history.
Leadership –
1.) elder – someone with maturity and experience, respected
2.) overseer – to watch over, look after, to care for
Why two similar terms?
1.) different things about the same office
2.) addressing a mixed population
Neither elder or overseer terms express that they have leadership training and great skills
Key qualities emphasized in the text –
1.) blameless (not liable to have charges brought against) – integrity
2.) husband of but one wife – marital fidelity
We reflect something of God’s nature. The fragrance of Christ is to go out from us.
Critical to get the foundations right.
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The Motivation of Paul & Titus – Herb Codington

2020-8-2 Main Sermon
Conviction is contagious. Apostle Paul is fully persuaded about what he is talking about – that he is a servant of God and the Church is God’s elect.
Titus – a non-Jew, Greek. Became an effective minister and capable administrator in some of the most difficult places.
Paul call Titus a true son in their common faith.
Malachi 4:6
God’s passion is for a society where children honor their parents and parents love and care for their children.
Luke 3:22, 2 Corinthians 8:23
Stages of Maturity –
1.) Help me
2.) Tell me
3.) Show me
4.) Follow me
God has designed each one of us for ministry. Our understanding of Titus gives us insight into how God wants us to be.
The hope of eternal life motivates Paul and Titus – a strong, vibrant, sure hope rooted in God’s promises and fulfilled in the ministry of Jesus Christ.
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Judgment Begins with the Family of God – Herb Codington

2020-7-26 Main Sermon
Psalm 91:1&2, 9&10, 14
We choose to dwell in the refuge of the Most High. Dwell in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Psalm 133, I Peter 4:17, Ezekiel 9, Malachi 3
It is time for judgment to begin with the family of God. Purification and readying for the next task at hand. We are recipients of His grace and spirit.
Puritans displayed a spiritual maturity – wisdom, good will, resilience, creativity.
What is God saying to us individually and corporately in this season? What needs attention?
Luke 6:36
Compassion – to suffer with full immersion in the condition of being human. Jesus in His servanthood.
Qualities of a good waiter. They are …
1.) available
2.) attentive to call of God and cry of the world. Listen to all elements of the Body of Christ. Truth is the truth, no matter who says it.
3.) anticipate what God is about to do. 1 Chronicle 12:32
4.) adapt
5.) appreciation – center of Pauline theology
6.) agape Matthew 25 – to the least of these – brotherly love – a sacrificial act toward the undeserving. A response not of emotion but of the will.
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Test the Spirit – Meg Marley

2020-7-19 Main Sermon
1 John 4:1-21
Commanded to test the Spirit. Discern between truth and falsehood. Not supposed to blindly trust.
Matthew 10:16
Be ready to question the assumptions of the world. Are the prophets from the world or from God? Are they speaking what the world wants to hear or from God?
To test the Spirit:
Are they living out the commandments of God? Use God’s values to judge the world, not the others way around.
John 1:1-2
Approach each other in the spirit of love. Jesus was confident in the truth but still able to reach out.
It is impossible to reconcile with false prophets but we should still reach out in love.
Through God we have overcome the antiChrist that is already in the world.
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The Parable of the Sower – Paul Torrey

2020-7-12 Main Sermon
Paul Torrey, Stated Clerk of Trinity Presbytery
In times of economic stress and uncertainty, the tendency is to focus on ourselves and pull in and save for future circumstances.
In some ways it seems the parable shows irresponsible actions by the sower. Many seeds are not cast in the best areas. However, there are small changes and improvements from those seeds that seem to be wasted.
God’s reckless abandon in casting seeds is in stark contrast to our striving for control. Surprised by joy when seeds sprout in unexpected places.
God’s abundant grace and extravagant mercy. Rejoice when the harvest comes.
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The Role of Officers – Herb Codington

2020-7-5 Main Sermon
Titus 1:1-4, 1 and 2 Timothy
The role of officers and the relationship between church and state
Paul passing on the baton to Titus.
Struggles with hypocrisy. Church is God’s service dept., not His showroom. Paul to his fellow workers is setting up a “service dept.” on Crete.
Who are you and why are you here in God’s economy of things?
Not Paul’s idea to be an apostle of Jesus Christ. He was called by Christ to be a proclaimer of the truth.
The best leaders are themselves servants. Our lives are a submission to God’s will. Paul – a servant of God.
Why does God choose us?
1 – to model community in harmony, unity and fellowship (a reflection of the Kingdom of God) Hebrews 10:25
2 – to show His sovereign power (the Exodus & Wilderness experience)
3 – to demonstrate and to be an exhibit to His incredible grace
4 – to show what it means to belong to Him (to be a follower)
The Elect are marked by faith, knowledge and godliness
Greek meaning of godliness – to tremble before God
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Followers Transitioning Through Leaders – Philip Codington

6-28-20 Main Sermon
1 and 2 Samuel
1 Samuel 18:5-9 – Don’t compare. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Our models on earth are flawed.
Matthew 5:18 – Compare yourself to Jesus Christ. As a model, we fall short but God is committed to getting us there
1 Samuel 16:1, 6 & 7 – Focus not on the outward appearance but on the heart.
Philemon 3:7&8 – A resume is nothing compared to knowing Christ. How well does the leader know Christ? Ask for God’s guidance to see the Fruits of the Spirit. Looking for God’s heart in our leaders.
2 Samuel 15:13&14, 16:5-14
Psalm 62 – Heartache of being a leader
Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens
2 Samuel 7:3 – Support your leaders by not chasing success
Our church model should be an obedient church that follows God’s voice.
2 Samuel 23:8-39 – A strong leader needs strong counselors and advisors who are seeking the Lord too.
1 Samuel 15:24 – Do in the Lord’s timing. Biggest problem with Western churches – in a hurry.
2 Samuel 7:2, 12 & 13
New leadership can be successful in new ways – David and Solomon
Ephesians 4:2-6
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