Posts by Scott Sharman

Posts by Scott Sharman

Transitions

We are presently engaged in two significant transitions within our church family.  1. we are transitioning our primary church leadership.  John Mark Tittsworth has been called to serve as our next Lead Pastor, a role I have filled throughout our church history. The transition to John Mark officially began Sunday. He is actively engaged with our church staff, our committees, and all ministry teams. Over the coming months he will bring the Sunday morning message with increased frequency. We developed…

Pivotal Day

FROM THE DESK OF SCOTT SHARMAN This Sunday, March 7, could be the most pivotal day in the history of our church.  I have served as Lead Pastor of Alsbury since our beginning in 1994. Eighteen months ago, in August of 2019, I announced my intention to retire.  A twelve-member Next Pastor Search Team* was formed in January of 2020, tasked with bringing an individual before the church family as their recommendation for our next Lead Pastor. That individual is…

Tell Your Story

“Tell Your Story” begins next Sunday, February 14 We know we are commanded by Jesus to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). However, few ever engage in actively sharing their faith. We aim to change that!  Through daily devotionals, Sunday messages, and Life Group discussion, “Tell Your Story” will challenge us all to take the message of Jesus to the world, beginning in our own homes or across the street.  Thus far in 2021 we have looked into four…

Baptism Sunday

We will baptize following the Morning Worship Celebration on Sunday, January 31.  Why do we baptize? Jesus was baptized. As followers of Christ we strive to walk as he walked. He began his public ministry with baptism. We are baptized because Jesus was baptized.  Early followers of Jesus were baptized. In Acts we find many decisions to follow Jesus were followed with baptism. For example, in Acts 8 an Ethiopian who commits his life to Christ immediately and enthusiastically follows…

How Will you Live Each Day?

The first week of a brand new year is already behind us! The resolutions we made on New Year’s Day may still be in place, or we may have already abandoned our well-intentioned commitments. One thing 2020 taught me is just how little control I have over situations and circumstances. I have no power over the decisions others make that impact my life. I do, however, have complete control over the decisions I make in response to what happens in…

OUT WITH THE OLD; IN WITH THE NEW

My heart is filled with keen anticipation as we confidently, optimistically, and hopefully leap into 2021. As 2020, with all of its challenges, struggles, and disappointments draws to a close, the expression, “Out with the old; In with the new,” has never been more appropriate than now.   Together we stand at the gateway of a new year with hopeful expectation of all God will accomplish through us. I am supremely confident that 2021 will be one of our very…

the “collective we” gives thanks

Mankind has been giving thanks throughout our long history on this planet.  I imagine cave-dwellers gave thanks for the light and warmth of a fire. Basket-toting gatherers gave thanks when their travels brought them to an abundant harvest of berries and fruit in some fertile valley.  Spear-clutching hunters gave thanks after taking down a wooly mammoth large enough to feed their nomadic community for many weeks.    Pueblo-dwellers gave thanks for a corn harvest sufficient to see their community through…

Why Taboo?

With just two more weeks, our current series, “Taboo! Uncomfortable Topics in the Church, will be winding down” This Sunday, we will have John Mark Tittsworth bringing our seventh topic: “Let’s Talk About Understanding Yourself.” I know he will bring an insightful and challenging message and will lead us into further conversations on Wednesday night at our Table Conversations in the Conversation Café. The eighth and final topic will be on Sunday, November 22. We will have a panel discussion…

Taboo #6 – Racism Today

Our series, “Taboo! Uncomfortable Topics for the Church,” continues this Sunday, November 8, with a look at racism in America.  Why racism and why now? According to research conducted by the Barna Group, self-identifying followers of Christ are considerably less likely to engage in conversations about race and racism than we were just one year ago. While the number of Christians who recognize the racial inequality of our long-ago history as a nation has increased, we are reluctant to discuss…

Why is the subject of Persecution Uncomfortable?

Our “Taboo” focus this week is persecution against Christians. This Sunday, November 1, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  The subject of persecution is uncomfortable First, we feel a little guilty in our personal comfort while others are losing their lives for the sake of the gospel. But we grow the most uncomfortable when we honestly wrestle over questions about why we are not persecuted. Persecution is something we read about but never experience. Yes, we…

Reclaiming our voice

This Sunday, October 4, begins an eight-week teaching series on subjects not often addressed within a church service. The series is titled, “Taboo! Uncomfortable Topics in Church.” Let me be clear; the goal is not to sensationalize our Sunday morning gatherings, but to consider the clear teaching of Scripture on subjects too often surrendered to the culture.  I am aware that your older children and youth will be present. Rest assured, we will not address any subject in graphic fashion.…

Breaking taboos

ask. Seek. Knock. Thank you for engaging in our “Ask; Seek; Knock” emphasis. The evidence of wide-spread participation is abundant. Many have commented about how the daily devotionals, life group sessions, and Sunday messages have already been used by God. We are moving in the right direction! We are becoming a praying church! Fall series In October and November, leading up to the Advent season, we will wrestle over various subjects rarely addressed in church. We are calling the series,…