Messages by Wayne Cook

Messages by Wayne Cook

Disciples Take Faith Seriously

Does Jesus expect anything from me? Is the goal of Christianity to be happy? In today’s Gospel Lesson from Luke 14:25-33, Jesus has some hard words for us to hear about what is expected from those who follow him. In this first sermon of the series “What Disciples Do,” Pastor Wayne helps us to understand the cost of following Jesus.

Doubt, Faith and Hope

Have you ever thought about the relationship between doubt, faith, and hope? In this sermon on Hebrews 11:1-16, Pastor Wayne leads us on a visit to the Faith Hall of Fame. He shows us how doubt, faith, and hope all combined to help these people of great faith do what God called them to do. He also warns us to the curse of certainty in our beliefs.

Rule #3: Stay in Love With God

In today’s sermon, Pastor Wayne explores the third General Rule of the United Societies. The rule is “stay in love with God.” ┬áThis rule calls us to practice the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, Bible study, corporate worship, and participating in the Lord’s Supper. When we do this, we find the strength to live out the first two rules: “do no harm” and “do good.”

Rule #2: Do Good

Pastor Wayne continues his look at the General Rules of the United Societies. This is a short series recovering our identity as Wesleyan Methodists. The rules are: Do no harm. Do good. Embrace the spiritual disciplines. Today, our focus is on the second rule to “do good.”

Rule #1: Do No Harm

Join us as Pastor Wayne begins a series on Wesleyan theology starting with John Wesley’s General Rules of the United Societies. The rules are: Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God. We begin this week with rule #1: Do no harm.

Let the Church Be The Church

Join us as Pastor Wayne shares about the 2019 Holston Annual Conference held at Lake Junaluska June 9-12.  He teaches about the Church being the Church as found in Acts 2:36-47. (Apologies for the audio quality. We are working to fix this soon.)

Pentecost 2019

The Spirit descends upon the disciples like the rush of a howling wind and the Church is born. What does that mean for us today? How are we to be the church in this time and place? Join us as Pastor Wayne explores this today.

An Ironic Escape

Paul and Silas are annoyed by a fortune telling slave girl. Paul finally puts a stop to the annoyance by driving the unclean Spirit from her… and ends up in hot water because her owners weren’t happy about losing a sure source of income. Pastor Wayne explores what happens next.

An Unexpected Destination

Paul wasn’t expecting to go to Macedonia. He certainly wasn’t expecting to preach to a group of women gathered on the bank of the river. Yet, his efforts led to the conversion of Lydia’s household and the beginning of a fire for the Holy Spirit.