Responding to God

October 17, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

This week we'll finish our series on Being God's Friend. The message Sunday is "Responding to God" from Genesis 18:22-33. This passage contains the first intercessory prayer in the Bible. There is much to learn from Abraham's prayer but we will primarily focus on the fact that Abraham prayed in response to God. God spoke and Abraham responded. It was a dynamic conversation. We too can learn to pray in conversation with God as we listen first and then speak in response to His Word.

Hearing God

October 3, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

We will continue the Being a Friend of God series this Sunday with a message about "Hearing God" from Genesis 18:9-22. God is a God who speaks to reveal who He is, His ways, and His plans. Abraham, God's friend, learned to listen attentively to God. While Abraham's relationship with God was unique, God still speaks to us today and we grow in our friendship with Him as we learn to listen.

Welcoming God

September 26, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

The message Sunday is "Welcoming God" from Genesis 18:1-15. Abraham was called God's friend. From his walk friendship with God, we learn how we too can walk in friendship with God. It all begins with welcoming God with true hospitality into our life.

When You Pray

September 19, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

Prayer is imperative for a dynamic relationship with God. He created us to pray and calls us to pray. But how do we pray? Jesus answered that question in a basic but powerful way in the Sermon on the Mount. It is beneficial for us to return from time to time to these words of Jesus and get back to the basics of prayer.

Church Alive!

September 12, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

We'll wrap up our series on the church's mission with a look at Jesus' words to the Church at Sardis. This church that had a reputation for being alive but was really dead is the church we do not want to be. We want to be a church that is really alive, filled with spiritual passion for the things of God. Through the warning Jesus gives and the remedy He offers to the church as Sardis we learn how to be alive and stay alive in Christ.

Love the World

September 5, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

The message is "Love the World" from Matthew 9:35-38. This passage gives us a look into the heart of Christ for the lost world. If Jesus walked with us through our world today, what would He see? What would He feel? What would He say? In this Scripture, we hear Jesus inviting us to share His heart and become a part of His mission.

Love One Another

August 29, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

This passage speaks to our relationships as Christians with one another, strangers, and even enemies. Our focus will be on how God calls us to relate to one another in the Body of Christ. We are family and not just people who attend the same church services. Our relationships, therefore, are to be filled with love, unity, humility, service and care toward one another. Our desire is to become more and more a true family in Christ.

Love God

August 22, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

During Epicenter, we refocussed on our mission to love God, love one another, and love the world. Our aim for 2021-22 is to keep this front and center in our thoughts and actions as a church body. For the next several Sundays I will preach on these three loves. This Sunday's message is "Love God" from Exodus 33:7-11. This passage gives us a look into Moses' amazing relationship with the Lord. When God called Moses, He was not just looking for a man to work for Him but to walk with Him in love. Although Moses was certainly unique, God desires a similar walk with us both as individuals and as a congregation. Our first and most rewarding business as a church is to love God.

By Faith From First to Last

August 15, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

This Sunday's message is "By Faith From First to Last" from Galatians 2:15-21. The whole Christian life is by faith in Christ. We are saved by faith in Christ, we live by faith in Christ, we even die by faith in Christ. This great passage of Scripture teaches us how to live this extraordinary life that comes through faith in Jesus.

Take This Cup

August 8, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

This Sunday's message is "Take this Cup" from Luke 22:39-46. In the Lord's Supper, Jesus offers the cup that represents His blood shed for our sins. He says to us, "Take this cup." But to offer this cup to us, Jesus had to take the cup of judgment for our sins that the Father gave to Him. How grateful we are that despite the suffering, Jesus willingly took the cup and drank it fully.

Simply Deep

August 1, 2021 • Mark Kemp

Sometimes we might make the Christian life seem complex and near impossible--so many things to know and do. But these verses boil it down to two simple things. There is freedom and beauty in this simplicity.

Growing Up in Christ

July 25, 2021 • Mark Kemp

Salvation is a wonderful gift from God! Forgiveness of sin and assurance of heaven is just the beginning of our salvation life in Christ. This Scripture teaches us how to grow up in our salvation to the full experience of all God desires for us.

Be Still

July 18, 2021 • Mark Kemp

This Sunday's message is "Be Still" from Psalm 46. Life often gets chaotic and our hearts can become troubled. How do we face the challenges without fear? This beautiful Psalm reminds us our help is in the Lord and that peace in turmoil comes through stillness in His presence.

Isaiah 6:1-8

July 11, 2021 • Andy Davis

God of All Comfort

July 4, 2021 • Mike Turnbow

Our guest preacher this Sunday is Mike Turnbow. Bro. Mike serves as a Deacon and Connection Group leader in Cove First Baptist. He has previously served as a pastor of three Baptist churches and frequently preaches in area churches. We are blessed to have Mike and his wife Diane, our preschool minister, serving with us. We look forward to the message from the Lord that He will share with us.

Rich in Mercy

June 27, 2021 • Richard Ray

Our guest preacher this Sunday was Richard Ray. He is the Director of Missions for the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area. Our church participates in this network of 80 Central Texas Baptist Churches. Under Brother Richard's direction, this brotherhood of churches support one another and work together to carry out God's mission from Copperas Cove to Stephenville. Richard is an experienced pastor and regularly preaches in the churches of the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area.

Making God Known

June 20, 2021 • Mark Kemp

We'll finish the message we started last week. Our focus this Sunday will be on how God worked through Philip to lead an Ethiopian man to faith in Christ. Notice the words "God worked." Philip was the instrument but God did the work. We may be unsure about bearing witness for Christ to the unsaved because we feel the weight of responsibility rests on us. But the truth is it is God's work and He can do it through anyone who is fully available to Him. That includes me and you. We'll learn through Philip's story how we can get in on God's work.

Making God Known

June 13, 2021 • Mark Kemp

Last Sunday we finished our Knowing God series. This week we'll talk about "Making God Known" from Acts 8:1-5, 26-40. This is not a new series but it is important for us to be reminded that God is too good to keep to ourselves. We have the calling and privilege to share our wonderful Lord with people who need to know Him. It's not as hard as we sometimes imagine. Whatever God calls us to do, He enables us to do. In one place after the command to "Go make disciples", He promised "And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20).

Knowing God: Blessed Fellowship

June 6, 2021 • Mark Kemp

Last week we focused on the challenging truth of the Trinity (one God in three persons). This week we will focus on the exciting truth that the whole Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) seeks us and enables us to experience blessed fellowship with the the living God. Thankfully we do not have to fully understand the Trinity to enjoy the rich salvation and relationship which the triune God desires to have with us!

Knowing God: Good Plans

May 23, 2021 • Mark Kemp

God has good plans for His people and He wants us to seek Him and trust Him to bring His plans to fulfillment. We cannot know or live out God's plans unless we know Him. While the most cherished part of this passage is "I know the plans I have for you" the most important part is "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all of your heart."

Knowing God: Patient

May 16, 2021 • Mark Kemp

God is "slow to anger and abounding in faithful love." His love toward us often expresses itself in patiently bearing with our sin and kindly leading us toward repentance. If God were not patient and dealt with us immediately as our sins deserved then what hope would there be for us? We celebrate His patience but let us never take it for granted. Instead, let His patience motivate us to seek and serve Him faithfully.