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A House of Prayer in the Heart of Hattiesburg
In my first year as pastor of Hardy Street, I’ve had a deep sense of God’s leading us to emphasize four core values: Prayer, Evangelism, Discipleship, Missions. This God-given desire to make these four core values mark Hardy Street Baptist Church grows in my heart daily.
Our church strategy is simple: Knowing, Growing, Going
~ Knowing Christ and Making Him Known
~ Growing In Christ in meaningful, shared-life relationships.
~ Going for Christ to our neighbors, the nations, & the next generation
Prayer is a central component of Knowing Christ! Recently, while in our church’s intercessory prayer room, I sensed the Lord saying that no significant work would happen if we did not seek Him in prayer and take bold steps to be a praying people! He wants us to be a House of Prayer in the Heart of Hattiesburg.
Prayer is perhaps the most potent force known to humanity. As we have been made partakers in Jesus' victory over sin and death, we have the authority as sons and daughters of God to pray for others, pushing back the darkness of sin and oppression. In prayer, we have a weapon that has divine power to destroy strongholds.
I am calling every member of our church to do two things:
1) Join me in praying for revival and spiritual awakening in the Pine Belt!
2) Consider joining the intercessory prayer ministry. One hour per week spent in the prayer room can revolutionize your life and your walk with the Lord! This is front-line ministry. We can and will train you, but you have to make the commitment. This Wednesday night I will conduct a intercessory prayer training at 6:00 pm in the chapel. I’m calling on you to join me!
Prayerfully your & His,
Pastor Scott Hanberry
I recently read an article by Jamie Brown on performance-ism in worship...
Now, I have no desire to engage in a worship war of any sort! That is not the point of this blog post. I believe that we are to sing new songs and we are to celebrate the time-tested songs of our faith. I do want to draw out some of Brown's conclusions for you here.
To move away from performance-ism or "worship-tainment"...Brown encourages worship leaders to:
Christ-follower, husband, dad, friend & the Senior Pastor of Hardy Street Baptist Church.