About Allen McGraw

Husband of an amazing woman, father of two beautiful children, and a United Methodist pastor. Not much time for anything else.

One Cup at a Time (#232)

Jesus sends out his disciples with the reminder that those who support them with even a “cup of water” will not “lose their reward.” Is this merely a reminder to support God’s ministers or is this something more? Could it be a blueprint for building Christian community?

  • Sermon Title: One Cup at a Time
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 7/2/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 10:40-42

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Daring to be Disciples (#231)

What does it mean to acknowledge Jesus before others? It means “going where Jesus goes and doing what Jesus does.”

  • Sermon Title: Daring to be Disciples
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 6/25/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 10:24-39

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The Kingdom Of Heaven Has Come Near (#230)

Jesus sent his disciples out into the world with a simple message: “The Kingdom of Heaven has come near.” This is a message that is more than mere words, it requires world changing action.

  • Sermon Title: The Kingdom Of Heaven Has Come Near
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 6/18/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 9:35-10:8

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Trinity Sunday: Trinity is Still My Name (#229)

The doctrine of The Trinity is one of the most fundamental confessions of the Christian faith. However, it is also one of the most difficult to understand. But, maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be. You can view the diagram of The Trinity that Pastor Allen mentions during his sermon by clicking the following link:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b3/Shield-Trinity-Scutum-Fidei-English.svg

  • Sermon Title: Trinity Sunday: Trinity is Still My Name
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 6/11/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 28:16-20

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Ascension Sunday: Who Are We Now? (#227))

In the Apostle’s Creed, we affirm that Christ has “ascended” and now sits at the “right hand of God the Father Almighty.” What does this mean for us as we seek to live as Christians in the world today, especially considering that Jesus left us to carry on as the Body of Christ?

  • Sermon Title: Ascension Sunday: Who Are We Now?
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 5/28/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 17:1-11

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Christ Our Shepherd (#224)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” On this day we recognize that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, we are the sheep, and he leads us to green pastures and still water. What else can we learn from this text in The Gospel According to John, chapter 10 vv 1-10.

  • Sermon Title: Christ Our Shepherd
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 5/7/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 10:1-10

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Why Don’t We Know Him? (#223)

In today’s text, we encounter two disciples of Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Jesus approaches them and strikes up a conversation, yet they don’t recognize him. What is it that keeps us from recognizing Jesus in our own lives?

  • Sermon Title: Why Don’t We Know Him
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 4/30/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Luke 24:13-35

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Easter Sunday: It Takes More Than That (#221)

It’s Easter! In the text from John, two of the twelve disciples, along with Mary Magdelene, encounter the empty tomb. But it’s Mary Magdelene who becomes the first evangelist, sharing the Good News of the Risen Christ. What made the difference?

  • Sermon Title: Easter: It Takes More Than That
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 4/16/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 20:1-18

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Is This Your King? (#220)

It is Palm Sunday, where we celebrate the “triumphant” entry of Jesus into the holy city of Jerusalem. But it won’t be long until the cries of “hosanna” turn to “crucify him.” All that we say and do should be filtered through the lens of the Crucified Christ. Jesus doesn’t just ask us to witness the crucifixion but calls us to take up our cross and follow him. Is this a king you can follow?

  • Sermon Title: Is This Your King
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 4/9/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 21:1-11

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Lent 5: Do You Believe? (#219)

This is the fifth and final sermon in our Lenten Sermon Series, “Living Our Baptismal Calling.” Martha is faced with the faith-altering death of her brother Lazarus. Yet in the midst of her grief, she still finds a reason to believe. What does this mean for us as we seek to live as Christians in the world today?

  • Sermon Title: Lent 5: Do You Believe?
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 4/2/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 11:17-41

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