Psalm 46 • 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.
God of All Comfort
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 • 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
Ephesians 2:1-10 • 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
Acts 8:1-5, 26-40 • 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
Acts 8:1-5, 26-40 • 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
Ephesians 2:11-18 • 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
Jeremiah 29:10-14 • 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
Psalm 103:7-14 • 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.
Knowing God: Mercy and Grace
Hebrews 4:14-16 • May 9, 2021 • Mark Kemp
God's mercy and grace are ways He expresses His love toward us. Mercy has been described as not getting what we do deserve and grace as getting what we do not deserve. In both mercy and grace, God pours out His love on the undeserving and crowns us with His kindness.
Knowing God: Righteous and Just
April 25, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp
The God who rules over all is perfect in His reign because He is righteous in all His ways and just in all His judgments. We can trust Him even when things around us seem chaotic and confusing. His righteousness and justice will prevail.
Knowing God: Holiness
April 11, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp
Holiness is a central characteristic of God. We cannot truly know and relate to God unless we know and approach Him as the One who is "holy, holy, holy." We'll seek to understand what it means that God is holy (it means more than we commonly think) and how that affects our relationship with Him.
The Hope of the Resurrection
April 4, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp
Apostle Paul's life was changed and driven by the glorious hope (confidence) that he discovered when he met and believed in the risen Lord Jesus. Wherever he was, whatever he was doing he found and shared with others hope through Jesus Christ. We too can know, live in, and share with others this incredible hope of the resurrection.
God's Knowledge and Wisdom
March 28, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp
In a hymn of praise, the apostle Paul celebrated the depth and riches of God's wisdom and knowledge. As we seek to know God more fully, we will focus on these two attributes. As we gaze on the beauty of His knowledge and wisdom it inspires praise for His perfection and trust in His plans.
Worthy of Worship
March 21, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp
In His conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, Jesus revealed important truths about the nature (attributes) of God and how He relates to human beings. We will continue to explore some of the attributes of God's greatness through this passage and how we can relate to Him who is both great and good.
The Great I Am
March 14, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp
Moses' asked God what His name was and in response God revealed marvelous truths about who He is. In our quest to know God we need to know His name and the deep and wonderful truths revealed in His name about His being. The more we know who He is the more we will know Him and the greater our joy and confidence in Him will grow.
Knowing God Through Scripture
February 28, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp
We'll continue our new Knowing God series this Sunday. This week's message is "Knowing God through Scripture" from 2 Peter 1:12-21. To truly know God we must "meet Him" in the Bible, His inspired word to us. This Scripture answers some important questions for us like: Where did the Bible come from? How do we know it's reliable? What do we do with the Bible?
January 31, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp
The message this week is "God Revealed" from Matthew 11:25-30. God is too high for us to search Him out and uncover the secrets of His being. But the good news is that while we are unable to scale the heights to discover Him, He willingly makes Himself known to the humble through Jesus Christ. I pray that over the coming weeks God will increase our hunger to know Him and open our eyes to see His glory more fully.
Commission to the World
January 24, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp
As we continue with our 2021 theme of "changing lives through Christ", we seek not only to experience the life changing power of Christ in our lives but to share it with the world. To be a part of the mission of Jesus is probably at the same time one of the most terrifying things to many Christians and the most wonderful thing in which we could ever invest our lives. Thankfully with the call Jesus gives us the power to fulfill it. In the power of the Holy Spirit we become channels of the life-changing message of Jesus and His kingdom.