Ephesians 4:4-6 -- There is one body and one Spirit, and God called you to have one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. There is one God and Father of everything. He rules everything and is everywhere and is in everything. 

DEVELOPMENT. Increasing in the wisdom and knowledge of the things of God

RELATIONSHIPRecognizing the importance of building new friendships and strengthening old ones

ENCOURAGEMENTMeeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of our fellow “Philadelphia Folks” and being a blessing to someone inside the church in some way every day.

AUTHENTICITYWorshipping and praising God “with all we got” just because He is, and not because of what He does

MISSIONAccomplishing the purpose for which God created and gifted us by being a blessing to someone outside the church in some way every day so that we can share with them by word or by action the Gospel

To see what kinds of ministry opportunities Philadelphia Wesleyan Church provides to help us Fulfill His Dream, please see the Fulfilling His Dream page of this website.

Check out our Facebook page for UPCOMING EVENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS and SERMON AUDIO. Sermons typically posted on Monday mornings.

MARCH 14, 2018

Matthew 13:1-3 -- That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. A large crowd gathered around him. So, he got into a boat and sat down. All the people stayed on the shore. Then Jesus used stories to teach them many things. He told them this story: “A farmer went out to sow seed …

This parable comes out as Jesus is observing the people. And it tackles both sides of the most important issue before Him, then, as He walked and talked among folks, and before Him, now, as He lives within us through the Holy Spirit.

The issue: when God speaks, do we listen. We were created to listen. But do we, really? And how do we know if we are? How can anyone tell if someone is really listening to Jesus?

We have looked at The Beaten Path and Rocky Ground. The main point from last Sunday was that the ground the seed of the Word gets planted in is what we call the soul: our mind, our will, and our emotions.

If the seed of the Word of God only takes root in one aspect of our soul or takes root in one aspect to the dominance over the others, then we run the risk of being “rocky ground”.

So, I asked us to consider: 

· Do we exclusively or primarily relate to God with our minds, trying to absorb as much information about Him as we can?

· Do we exclusively or primarily relate to God with our will, trying to do as much for Him as we can?

· Do we exclusively or primarily relate to God with our emotions, trying to feel as much from Him as we can?

And, if so, we were to spend time asking God how to develop the underdeveloped areas of our worship life. That is why the way a service is designed, the way church ministries are designed, even the way my sermons and sermon series are designed is so important.

A church needs to give thinkers something to think about, feelers something to feel, and doers something to do.

But it also must help thinkers learn how to feel and do, feelers how learn to think and do, and doers how to learn to think and feel.

· That is why some music is fast, some is slow, some is loud, some is soft, some is old, some is new.

·  That is why sometimes I preach, sometimes I teach, and most times I do both in the same sermon.

·  That is why I use the King James … and/or the NIV, ERV, ESV, HCSB, The Voice, The Message, Wycliffe, Young’s Literal, etc

·  That is why some sermons and series are practical, some are introspective, some are emotional, some are theological, some are life-change oriented, some are discovery oriented.

·   And that is why I would love to see others step up to do the welcome, the announcements, the prayer time, the dismissal, the youth on Wednesday, etc.

Being rocky ground is something that can happen, seemingly naturally, but can also be corrected by just a little care and attention on our part; the good, ole “step-out-of-our-comfort-zone” approach.

I hope you will join us this coming Sunday as we are going to get into the … WEEDS.

Thanks and Many Blessings,

Pastor Tim and Karen

The ALL NEW SAWGRASS STUDENT MINISTRY was launched this year. We meet on Wednesday Nights @ 7p

The SAWGRASS STUDENT MINISTRY is open to students from 6th grade through 12th. For this first year, we are also open to repeating 5th graders.

Parents, we have lots of neat things for your kids.

First, on Sunday Mornings we have Sunday School @ 9:45a (Come at 9:30 for donuts, coffee, juice, and chocolate milk).

Then at 11a we have Children’s Church. A Nursery is also available, and also @ 6p during our Interactive Sunday Nights Worship Service.

Then on Wednesdays @ 7p we have a fantastic Kid’s Club. And, as always, a Nursery is available for “the youngest among us”. 

So you've been thinking about dropping by Sawgrass some Sunday but you want to know what you can expect first? That's cool. We understand that. So here is what is happens on a typical Sunday morning...

First you will encounter a beautiful, 113-year old building nestled among the trees. Looks like a scene right out of a pioneer movie! Someone, most likely our Pastor, will greet you at the door. Once you come inside you will again be greeted warmly. Lots of good folks here at Philadelphia Wesleyan Church. You will be given a bulletin. About 5 minutes before our service begins a video announcement loop will play with information about our church and upcoming events.

Following that video a worship video will signal the start of our service. This praise and worship song will generally be up tempo and contemporary. Feel free to sing along. Even clap if you like. (You will notice the Pastor will not be clapping much, but that is because he cannot clap and sing at the same time!). Once the video song ends, there is a brief welcome and live announcements. At that point our pianist and song leader takes over to lead us in two great hymns or spiritual songs of the faith.

A time of prayer comes next, and one more hymn. During that last hymn anyone who would like to be prayed for directly is encouraged to come forward.

After the offering, our kids will be dismissed to Children's Church. Right before the sermon we will worship with one more contemporary video song.

Then our Pastor will bring the morning message with a time for response at the end.

Beginning to end, about 75 minutes of simple, heart-felt worship.

Hope to see you here.

We are located at 1139 Sawgrass Rd in Hortense                                                                                                                                              
Just off Hwy 301 and Hwy 32. Just follow the signs.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Pre-Service Fellowship: Sunday @ 9:30a 
Sunday School: 9:45a 
Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00 am 
Interactive Sunday Nights: 6:00 pm 
Wednesday Night: 7:00 pm 
Saturday Night Prayer Meeting: 6pm