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8:15 am and 11:00 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
9:40 Christian Education for All Ages!
Junior Church for ages 4 through second grade during the service after children's moment with the pastor
Toddler care available during service
I read a story a while back about a famous Methodist evangelist named Peter Cartwright. According to the story, Cartwright was known for his uncompromising preaching. However, one day when the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, "Old rough and ready," came to Cartwright's church, the leadership of the church warned the pastor not to offend the President. In those days, the President had great power to influence a denomination for good or bad. Content that their pastor would not say anything to discredit their church, the leaders retired to the back of the sanctuary.
When Cartwright got up to speak, the first words out of his mouth were, "I understand that President Andrew Jackson is here this morning. I have been requested to be very guarded in my remarks. Let me say this: Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he doesn't repent of his sin!"
The entire congregation gasped with shock at Cartwright's boldness. How could this young preacher dare to offend the tough old general in public? After the service, everyone wondered how the President would respond to Cartwright. When Andrew Jackson met the preacher at the door he looked at him in the eye and said, "Sir, if I had a regiment of men like you, I could conquer the world!" Cartwright had a conviction he believed in and Jackson recognized that conviction.
An opinion is something you hold; a conviction is something that holds you. An opinion is something you'll argue about. But a conviction is something you will suffer for and, if necessary, die for. Cartwright had a conviction, not just an opinion.
I believe that God doesn't want us to just have an opinion about Him – He wants us to have a conviction. Until we have a conviction that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son in order to save the world, we will go about our normal business and stay busy "doing" church and ignore our duty to conquer the world though the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Do you have an opinion about God or a conviction?
Paul wrote, "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…" (Romans 1:16)
May this be our conviction as well.