We invite you to worship with us at Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services also are online at http://www.calvary.us. CBC is located at 110 N. McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, Florida 33759. From Tampa, take the Courtney Campbell Causeway and enjoy the view on your way to church. Phone: 727-441-1581. CBC’s Senior Pastor is William Rice. This year the church celebrates its 150th anniversary in Clearwater, Florida.
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On Sunday, Senior Pastor William Rice’s message was titled “The Triumph of Mercy” based on James 2: 1-13. The sermon is part of the series, “Serving with Passion and Purpose.”
“In the James 2, James is instructing us about showing mercy and compassion to others,” Pastor Rice said. Rice defined mercy as love in action and that we need God’s unprovoked mercy.
“Mercy triumphs over judgment,” (James 2:13) Pastor Rice said.
“God favors every single person….Every person matters to God,” Pastor Rice said.
“People tend to favor people like us or who can benefit us,” Pastor Rice said about the basic human tendency to do that. “James is saying don’t do that,” Pastor Rice explained.
Here are Pastor Rice’s message notes:
“Indeed, if you keep the royal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well. But if you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”
—James 2: 8-9 HCSB
- I am called to mercy.
My heart will be inclined toward mercy when I see….
——-The value of every person.
“My brothers, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.” —James 2:1
——-The potential of every person.
“Listen, my dear brothers: Didn’t God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that He has promised to those who love Him?” —James 2:5
2. I am in need of mercy.
“For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all.” –James 2:10