When Christians live contrary to the call of Christ, the world takes note. In this sermon, we will explore why Holiness Matters in the life of the believer and in the life of the church according to 1 Peter 2:11-12.
For the past three years, I have had the privilege of serving Waller Baptist Church in Bossier City, LA. It has been a wonderful time of growth in God’s Word. I am thankful for the people and the opportunities that God has brought into my life as a result of his call. I am especially thankful for Peter Tidovsky who faithfully served Christ with me for the majority of my ministry at Waller. He is a dear friend that Waller is blessed to be able to call “Pastor Pete.” As my family and I begin our ministry in a new state, I am confident that the Lord will use his leadership alongside other leaders to bring Waller just the right man for the work to which they have been called.
In order to help facilitate this transition to new leadership, I proactively updated the Waller Baptist website (www.WallerBaptist) so that others would be able to administer the site without needing a former IT-guy as their new pastor. Their new site is more streamlined and easier to update. However, I had to remove all of my preaching resources (audio, video, and notes) in order to transfer the site to a new platform. Instead of re-posting three-years worth of resources to the new website, I am going to post selected resources to this blog for those that might be interested. In the weeks to come, I will be relaunching the weekly Renewed Church podcast, which will make these sermon resources available for those that want to receive updates through iTunes. If there are particular sermon resources that you would like to see posted, please let me know by emailing me at CaseyBHough@gmail.com and I will do my best to get those online for you.
On Monday, September 14th, 2015, I will begin my ministry at the First Baptist Church of Camden, Arkansas. My family and I are excited about this transition. We ask that our family and friends continue to pray for us as we seek to sell our home in Shreveport and get completely settled in Razorback territory. My plan is to begin a five-week sermon series on the Great Commission, starting on September 20th. After that series, we will consider the True Marks of a Christian, based upon Romans 12, then I will commence the study through the Gospel of Luke that my predecessor, Dr. Richard Piles, ended last November. From Luke, with breaks throughout the series, I plan to move the church into a study of the Acts of the Apostles. As I seek to lead the church alongside my fellow pastor, Tim Gunter, I would ask that you pray for First Camden’s ministry to those outside of Christ in the Camden area. Since 1842, the LORD has blessed First Camden with a stewardship in Ouachita County. My hope and prayer is that He will continue to strengthen this church for His glory and our good as we fulfill by grace the mission that He has given us in pursuit of the vision of Ephesians 3:20-21 — 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Christians, especially ministers, must have deep conviction regarding the need for the power, purpose and presence of Jesus in personal evangelism. In this sermon, we explore the intentionality of a group of friends to bring a needy man into contact with Jesus.