Pastor

Our church is very blessed to have a friendly, caring pastor. Pastor Mike Montgomery gives our congregation sermons that challenge us to led stronger Christian lives and grow deeper in our relationship with our Heavenly Father and His Son. Pastor Mike also leads our Sunday night Sessions which provides participants with thought provoking discussions. Pastor Mike and his wife Myra are active in several ministries in our church and benefit each ministry by their numerous talents.

Pastor's Message: A little, familiar poem states, “Life is short, death is sure; Sin the cause, Christ the cure.” In just 12 words many important truths are expressed, including that man is mortal. (It is appointed unto men once to die.) In the 3rd chapter of Genesis, one of the results of sin and disobedience is death (For dust you are and to dust you will return). In Romans 5:12 , the Apostle Paul says that “sin entered the world through one man (Adam), and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men.” Yes, death came through a man, and all mankind (because all sinned) are under the sentence of death. But, because of God’s love and abundant provision of grace, mortal man is not without hope. “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future.” Paul speaks of the great hope of the believer in 1 Corinthians 15:22: For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. Although Christ died (poured out his soul, or life, unto death), God raised His Son from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep- 1 Corinthians 15:21 . Jesus, who destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light (1st Timothy 1:10 ), is the first to be resurrected from the dead, never to die again. “In Christ all will be made alive,” says Paul, who then continues to give the order, “but each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits, then when he comes, those who belong to him.” (1st Corinthians 15:23) It’s when Jesus comes back to this earth (the reversal of Acts 1:11 ) that the believer will be changed (in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye), and the mortal will be clothed with immortality- 1st Corinthians 15:51 -54. Those in Christ who have died (fallen asleep, according to Paul in 1st Thessalonians 4:13 ) will be raised first. After that, believers who are alive at Christ’s coming will be resurrected. “Christ died for us,” says Paul in 1st Thessalonians 5:10, “so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.” Yes, man is mortal, and no matter how long we live, life is short (a mist that appears and vanishes...a flower that fades...a fleeting shadow). We are admonished to seek for immortality ( Romans 2:7). In order to receive immortality at Christ’s coming, man must meet God’s conditions of salvation. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. How believers look and long for the glorious appearing of Jesus back to the earth to establish the kingdom, for then, in the Coming Age, believers will take hold of life that is truly life. (1st Timothy 6:19) Believers have a wonderful hope!

If you’d like to know more about what the Bible teaches concerning God’s plan of salvation, the future return of His Son, and the establishment of His kingdom, contact us, or join us anytime for classes and services at Guthrie Grove.