Intentional Faith Development: Sermon Audio

“Intentional Faith Development” is the third in a series of sermons dealing with the 5 Practices of Fruitful congregations. Being a disciple of Jesus is not a “one and done” proposition. It takes an intentional effort to daily follow him. Along this journey of faith that we are on, there will be many questions, but it is important to remember that we are not searching for answers, we are searching for a person.

Sermon Title: Intentional Faith Development
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 9/29/2013
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 4:12-22

Passionate Worship: Sermon Audio

“Passionate Worship” is the second in a series of sermons dealing with the 5 Practices of Fruitful congregations. What is necessary for us to ensure that our worship is “passionate”? Can worship that is not passionate really be worship? Why do we gather for worship? Hear the responses to these questions and more.

Sermon Title: Passionate Worship
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 9/22/2013
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Luke 4:14-30 (Isaiah 6:1-8)

Radical Hospitality: Sermon Audio

“Radical Hospitality” is the first in a series of sermons dealing with the 5 Practices of Fruitful congregations. Throughout the Biblical witness, God’s call has always been one of welcome. To be a church that takes that call seriously, we must learn to see others as Jesus sees them.

Sermon Title: Radical Hospitality
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 9/15/2013
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 25:31-40

Your Cross to Bear: Sermon Audio

The call to be a disciple of Jesus is no easy task. Those who think so haven’t heard Jesus clearly. Especially when we consider passages like the ones where he tells us we must “hate” our families and give up all our possessions. Jesus tells us to “take up our cross” and follow him in death. Is that in any way what you signed up for? Jesus urges you to count the cost.

Sermon Title: Your Cross to Bear
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 9/8/2013
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Luke 14:25-33

Yes, You’re Invited: Sermon Audio

Jesus has been invited to share a meal at a Pharisee’s house. From the outset you can feel the tension as we are told that they were “watching him closely.” Jesus proceeds to give them a lesson in what appears to be table etiquette. But a closer examination reveals that this is more about who we, as the people of God, are called to be and what Christian hospitality is all about – welcoming the least, the last, and the lost.

Sermon Title: Yes, You’re Invited
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 9/1/2013
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Luke 14:1, 7-14