The Purpose of Testing
The Blessed Test • December 28, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God…when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God…Excerpt from Deuteronomy 8:11-14 The greatest test of our trust in God does not come in times of our poverty but in times of our prosperity. We hope you can be with us this weekend as Pastor Ray concludes our teaching series on "The Purpose of Testing"
Life's Bitter Pool • December 21, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
And when they came to Marah, they could drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter...Exodus 15:23 Some of the greatest tests of the Christian faith come when we drink from life's "bitter pool"; the place where me have to deal with our disappointment. We hope you can be with us this weekend as Pastor Ray continues our teaching series on "The Purpose of Testing".
Faith in the Fiery Furnace • December 7, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
"But there are some Jews—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They refuse to serve your gods and do not worship the gold statue you have set up." - Daniel 3:12 A fiery trial of our faith in God is coming; a conflict with the culture over who we will worship. We hope you can be with us this weekend as Pastor Ray continues our teaching series on "The Purpose of Testing."
The Refiner's Fire • November 30, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
Behold, the Lord is coming…But who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire…He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness. Excerpt from Malachi 1:2-3 We hope you can be with us this weekend as Pastor Ray continues our teaching series on "The Purpose of Testing".
The School of Christ • November 23, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me…Matthew 11:29 Becoming a Christian automatically enrolls us in the School of Christ, where God uses our tests and trials to reveal Himself to us in ways we can learn in no other way. We hope you can be with us this weekend for Part 7 of Pastor Ray's teaching series on "The Purpose of Testing."
Training for Reigning (Part 2) • November 16, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. - Revelation 3:21 God has more in mind than just getting us to heaven; He is preparing us to rule and reign with Christ!
Training for Reigning (Part 1) • November 9, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
He sent a man before them — Joseph — who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. - Psalm 105:17-19 Christians need to know that God has a purpose for every test and trial that He allows in our lives. Like the great Joseph of old, we are truly 'training for reigning'. We hope you can be with us this weekend for another message rich in revelation on "The Purpose of Testing".
Wrestling With God • October 26, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. - Genesis 32:24 There are many lessons we need to learn from the life of Jacob, the man who wrestled with God. Some of them may surprise you. We hope you can be with us this weekend for this latest installment in Pastor Ray's teaching series on "The Purpose of Testing"
The Testing of Our Patience (Part 2) • October 19, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. - Isaiah 64:4 (NIV) Between the promise of God and its provision or fulfillment there is always a problem; and most often it is a problem that requires waiting and patience. We hope you can be with us this weekend...
The Testing of Our Patience (Part 1) • October 12, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. - Hebrews 6:2 Some of the greatest tests and trials of the Christian life will come as a testing of our patience: Can we wait on God in the midst of our troubles, or not?
The Purpose of Testing • October 5, 2019 • Pastor Ray McCollum
For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment. - Psalm 66:10-12 We hope you can be with us this weekend as Pastor Ray begins a major new teaching series designed to reveal how our Sovereign God works all things together for our good; how He uses all our the tests, trials and troubles to bring about His great purpose in our lives.