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 and ANNOUNCEMENTS. 

The Very Best Version Of Me I Can Be

I’m sure you have heard some version of that phrase, or a something similar. Look around you. Listen to the radio. Watch TV. See a movie. Look at your kid’s textbooks or school materials. You’ll see it. 

Even in church.

And the moment I said “church” some of you immediately began to think, and maybe even criticize, one or more well-known ministers.  So put that thought out of your mind, because as I have talked about before, I do not think our purpose as Christians is to criticize ministers simply because we don’t like the way they do things.

This idea, as put forth in our culture, attempts to achieve in society by natural effort what we need God in order to do. But what would that really mean? What would the “very best version of me” look like?

Well, what is the “very best version” of sinful? Just a little less sinful maybe?

What is the “very best version” of lying? Is just shading the truth any better?  

What is the “very best version” of stealing? Long-term “borrowing” perhaps?

What is the “very best version” of prideful? Would that not be false-humility?  You get the point.

The issue becomes even more problematic when we think that what we may see as an improvement might not be viewed that way to others. Or what if someone else’s “very best version of me” actually intrudes on my very best version of me? Think of the cases of wedding cake bakers and wedding photographers winding their way through our courts.

I do not think we should be trying to become a better version of ourselves. We should, instead, be striving to become the “very best version of the image of God I can be”. That is Biblical. And it is even given to us in steps for those who like “step programs”. Think about 2 Peter 1:5-9 (ERV)(step numbers added)Because you have these blessings, do all you can to add to your life these things: (1) to your faith add goodness; (2) to your goodness add knowledge; (3) to your knowledge add self-control; (4) to your self-control add patience; (5) to your patience add devotion to God; (6) to your devotion add kindness toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, and (7) to this kindness add love. If all these things are in you and growing, you will never fail to be useful to God. You will produce the kind of fruit that should come from your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who don’t grow in these blessings are blind. They cannot see clearly what they have. They have forgotten that they were cleansed from their past sins.

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