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Senior Pastor William Rice’s sermon was titled “A House Divided” based on 1 Corinthians 11:18-20 on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Pastor Rice compared the divided church in Corinth to American voters struggling with their votes, choices during this election and primary season. Pastor Rice firmly said Calvary Baptist Church and the staff do not endorse any political candidate and leaves that decision up to each voter. However, political candidates are welcome to worship at this church on Sunday mornings.
“We have a purpose…Our big campaign is to make disciples of Christ,” Pastor Rice said about this church’s mission.
“This a reminder that we are called to make Christ known…It is more important than what is happening outside now. It is life-changing and endures forever,” Pastor Rice said of governments, political parties and candidates that come and go over the course of history.
Below is Pastor Rice’s Message Notes:
“For to begin with, I hear that when you come together as a church there are divisions among you….Therefore, when you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord’s Supper.” –1 Corinthians 11:18, 20 HCSB
“For since there is envy and strife among you, are you not fleshly and living like unbelievers? For whenever someone says, “I’m with Paul,” and another, “I’m with Apollos,” are you not unspiritual people?” –1 Corinthians 3:3-4 HCSB
“But He said to them, The kings of the Gentiles dominate them, and those who have authority over them are called Benefactors. But is must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and whoever leads, like the one serving.” — Luke 22:25-26 HCSB
Politics divides us.
Communion makes us the body of Christ.
The truth of Communion does affect how we vote. It is a call to:
—Be mindful of our Call to SERVICE.
—Be mindful of our Call to UNITY.
—Be mindful of our Call to MISSION.