Message from our Pastor
Do you feel as I do that we are in trying times? You are not alone if you do. We live in a mighty and complex world, created by a mighty and complex God. Many of us struggle to understand all that is going on in the world and may even question why things happen the way they do. The unknown is frightening, and we certainly are in the middle of many unknowns with the recent worldwide pandemic. But let me provide you with some insight and hope as we maneuver through the days that are before us. Simply put the Bible says, “Be strong, do not fear.” (Isaiah 35:4) “So do not fear, For I am with you; do not be dismayed, For I am your God” (Isaiah 41:10)
In these troubling and difficult times God tells His people not to fear. No one knows what is going to happen with the Coronavirus or other storms that may cross our paths. Information is at our fingertips and is changing rapidly making it is difficult to understand and process. But our awesome and holy God has all the answers. Be assured that no matter what happens We Can Trust Our Lord. When trouble and adversity strike, and fills our lives with pain, We Can Trust Our Lord. The Bible tells us that “the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.” (Psalm 32:10)
To completely trust God, we must view adverse circumstances through the eyes of faith, not of sense. Just as the faith of salvation comes through hearing the Gospel. So, faith to trust God in adversity comes through the Word of God alone.
God hears our prayers and is able to answer our prayers. We must trust Him to do so. We should pray confidently that God will work even in the midst of every situation. God is greater than any adversity we face. Because of this we do not need to fear other people, the devil, the unknown, or even the Coronavirus. God is at work in this and every situation. Romans 8:28 tells us assuredly that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
God is using this situation and the many others we face each day to teach us to rely completely on Him, and to bring glory to Himself. We must choose to trust Jesus. We, you and I must remember the words of David in Psalm 56:3-4: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid, What can mortal man do to me?”
God has told us, “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). There is no doubt of His presence with us. Choose to trust him and let the truth of God rule our minds not letting our emotions hold sway over us. God is Faithful, God is Trustworthy, God is Powerful, and God is Able!
I Love You All, Phil
We exist to know Christ and to make him known, to worship God
and to reach Statesville and the World for Christ, to God's glory.
Because we hold a high view of Scripture, we will make every consideration in view of its faithfulness to the word of God.
Because we believe in having intentional Loving Relationships, we will encourage biblical opportunies for fellowship, the faithful practice of mercy within the body, active conflict resolution and faithful church discipline.
Our church style will be characterized by: the unifying value of character, the pastoral role as a coach, and the Ephesians 4 practice of helping people become equipped for their ministry. Our desired result is for Christians who are discipled and for discipling that leads to changed lives in our church and community. We want to see our members grow in their witness and their faith. We want to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in our fellowship.
Phillip R. McCoy
Pastor's Top Priorities
Teaching and Preaching God's Word
Reverend Phillip R. McCoy a native from Charlotte, North Carolina. Phil is married to Nicole and they have two beautiful children, Grace and Reid. Phil spent most of his growing up years in Weddington, NC and graduated from Sun Valley High School. After high school, Phil attended Lees McCrae College earning an AA degree. From there he went on to obtain a BA degree in Religion from Gardner Webb University, a Masters in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte. Phil has also completed the required coursework for his Doctor of Ministry from Erskine Seminary and is currently in the dissertation phase.
Phil has served in the church in many capacities beginning as a Youth Pastor, then an Associate Pastor. In 1998 Phil was ordained to the gospel ministry as the Senior Pastor of Linden ARP Church, Gastonia, NC. After five years of service, Phil, Nicole and their family served in Lugoff, SC at Rowan Presbyterian Church for 10 years. In 2012, Phil was called to be the Senior Pastor at First ARP Church in Statesville.
Phil is a faithful servant leader and cares deeply for Christ’s Church. He is pastoral in nature and this is evidenced by his commitment to meeting the needs of his church family through prayer, visiting and preaching the gospel.
Phil and his family are grateful to our Lord for His gift of Salvation, His Grace, and His unending Love and Mercy. They are humbled about God’s calling on their lives and delighted about what God is doing in at First ARP Church and this community.
Worship our Lord and experience His truth, Joy and Peace!
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15