April 1, 2020 Message from Rev. Phil McCoy
Dear Friends & Family,
One of my favorite verses of scripture is from Proverbs 3:5-6; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
These are gloriously comforting words with a wonderful assurance of God’s guidance into a way of peace. Navigating through these unusual and trying times, we can have the assurance of peace, comfort, safety and a clear path to righteousness if we follow scripture and adhere to what it says. In opposition, Proverbs 28:26 states; “He that trusts in his own heart is a fool”. At this critical juncture in life the only true and successful path to peace is to trust in God alone.
You, me and the whole world needs Jesus today. We need His peace, comfort, mercy and love. We need His grace. Maybe we have trusted in ourselves and our abilities long enough. We have Depended too much on ourselves and not solely on the Lord and His omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent way.
Take a moment to mediate on the scripture before you. Look back on your life and reflect on how you can see the hand of God working then and now. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will see you through.
In these times each of us is being pressed on all sides. This is not a time to trust in your ways, but in God’s way. Have courage to stand on His promises, to believe His words and to live in His peace despite what is going on in the world around you. Fill your hearts and minds with daily readings from God’s word. It will bring you peace, comfort and joy, even in the midst of a pandemic.
I love you all,
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