What Are You Going To Do?

Sep 4, 2022 | McRae, Stephen, Sermons

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When I was a kid, I grew up in a Pentecostal. I was like a spiritual mutt. What I mean by that is we were Baptist church. We were the KOIC church of God in Christ church. We went to we assembly of God. We were all those different things because my parents, my, my dad got saved in 1977.

[00:00:18] You heard him preacher on father’s day, 1977. God came into his old Ford red pickup. Up. And he had to pull over on the side of the road because God had saved him. And he at the time was going to Lakewood church, which was John Osteen was the pastor at the time where he gave his life to the Lord and began, felt like they got the Lord called him in the ministry.

[00:00:41] And so I grew up in that time before as a kid. And I remember my dad, after he got saved, he, they had good jobs. They, my mom is a, an engineer had an engineering. They, she was she had a job offer at NASA in Houston, turned it down, became an engineer at Southwestern bell, making good money.

[00:01:01] Dad was making good money working at a pipe company. And God had got a hold of their hearts. Something had changed. Everything was different. It was nothing. That was the same because not only had my dad gotten saved, but he also got filled with the holy. It. And he remember growing up and saying that none of the churches that he attended as a kid had any of those things and they felt like the Lord had told them to give everything up and go back to their roots and preach the gospel.

[00:01:27] And so I remember them saying, we’re moving to Arkansas, Nate. I felt like I told him later, I felt like you lied to us. Cuz you said, we’re going to the country. There’s gonna be, you gonna have a farm. We’re gonna be pigs and cows and horses. I was like, let’s go. They tricked me. There was none of that stuff going on.

[00:01:43] And it was Beverly hillbillys in reverse. You know what I’m saying? They had gotten struck old and went to Beverly Hill. They, my parents already had good money and they left everything and went backwards. it was like a country song in reverse. You know what I’m saying? It was like a country. Give up your cow.

[00:01:59] You lose your dog and your, all that stuff and whatever. It was a country song in reverse. And so they had left everything and went and preached. My dad would preach anywhere. Anybody would have him. And so I grew up a lot of times in the black Pentecostal church and where my dad would preach and when he would preach, because it’s a little bit different, ain’t gonna lie to you.

[00:02:15] It’s a little bit different. I grew up in black church and in black church they respond when the pastors preaching. You hear what I’m saying? There, ain’t no sitting. Sometimes I’d be preaching. I’d be like, that’s a good sermon. He, that was a good word right there that the brother just said, that was a really good word.

[00:02:26] And so you guys do that, but they’d be like, come on, preach, preach out. That’s, they get involved in it. And so I remember when my dad would get up to certain preachers, certain PA churches to preach, he would say this, let the church say. Amen. Okay. So me y’all know what I’m talking about and if they wouldn’t say it he would say, let the church say amen.

[00:02:47] And all of a sudden you can see sister brown over here. She started, because since she felt like something was gonna happen and he would say, let the church say amen. That’s what he started the message with because the church had to say something. The Bible says that the redeemed of the Lord say, so I’ve said that before, but here’s what I want to tell you this morning.

[00:03:07] The church hasn’t been saying nothing. Here lately. Yeah, the church ain’t been saying, amen. A woman, a nothing. There’s no been nothing going on. There’s been no, there’s been no response from the church. The church has been eerily quiet when it comes to certain issues that are going on and our culture. And I’m telling you, there’s a word from the.

[00:03:30] That is saying this morning that the church has gotta rise up and take her right or place in the kingdom of God, because what is coming. And what I believe that God is saying is that the church not only needs to say amen, the church needs to get up off of their seat and begin to stand up and preach the gospel message of the kingdom of God.

[00:03:50] And so while the church is being quiet, the world has been loud. The world has been so loud that it’s drowned out the message, the kingdom message, the gospel message of the kingdom. And we have been quiet and God is saying, where is the church? Where is the church? Where are the people of. Yeah. All throughout the old Testament, when they were opposed to the Egyptians and their B all of ’em, they would say things that they would taut the Israelite saying, where is your God?

[00:04:24] Where is your God? You say that he’s the God of the mountains. They say that this is a place where you should worship. And they say this about your God, but where is your God? And I’m telling you what the world is saying that even right now, where’s your. Yeah. Where is this God that you’ve been talking about?

[00:04:41] You’ve been preaching about that. You’ve been talking and talking up, where is your God? But then the old Testament said that some of the people that hadn’t experienced God, that said, we’ve never heard of a God like yours, who acts on the behalf of those who wait for him. And they’re saying that right now, and the church has been quiet.

[00:05:00] So I’m gonna say some things to you this morning, and I’m gonna tell you, I know I’m gonna get some emails. Send the emails. I’ll block. You send them. I don’t care because I’ve gotta preach the gospel message of the kingdom of God. The only thing that’s gonna save this world, you’re gonna save our country is for preachers to get a backbone, a Jawbone, and a tailbone, and stand up and preach the truth of Jesus Christ.

[00:05:23] We’ve gotta stand up and preach the truth. The enemy is not listen. We’re at a place right now when the enemy’s not playing he’s after your kids. He’s after your kids sneaking into that, I try, I’m telling you he’s after your kids and what I said earlier, that was for my message. We’re talking about the devil is busy.

[00:05:39] We need to be busy about the kid, about the father’s work, the busy about the kingdom of God. Where’s the church. And why have we been quiet on certain things? Yeah. I was at a preaching seminar a couple of weeks ago with pastor Kevin and pastor Vernon. And they was talking about the fact that the church had been silent about the issues I was.

[00:05:59] We haven’t we’ve been talking about the issues and I know some of y’all get mad about that because you’re just like we’re supposed to preach your message of love. I do preach a message of love and I, yes, I’m telling you, we talk about love. We talk about those things, but I’m telling you what we need to talk about.

[00:06:15] The fact that the world has been quiet. While all the other things have been going on, who the, I never would’ve thought, one of the things that I said this in the first service, my grandmother, after she would watch one life to live, you know what I’m saying? And the stories, cause you didn’t, you couldn’t talk to grandma during the stories.

[00:06:29] Y’all laughing, but y’all know. Raise your hand, even know what I’m talking about. You old up doing what I’m talking about after one nice one life to live, then general hospital came on. Everybody wanna know what mark was doing. You know what I’m saying? Everybody know what know everybody was doing.

[00:06:41] So right after general hospital grandma would sit there and then all of a sudden the news would come. Yeah. And my grandma Mabel, I love her so much. She obviously has pastor on to be in the kingdom. And I hope she’s watching right now, but grandma Mabel was hilarious because sometimes she was sit in front of TV and she would do this.

[00:06:56] She go, she shake her head and she go

[00:06:58] those are my three points this morning. she sit there and she be like, And we be like, and I’d be messing with my brother, Tony. We sit there and I’d be like, watch this. Like grandma, what’s the matter grandma. She goes, I ain’t never heard or seen anything like this. The world is going crazy, and we sit there and we be laughing.

[00:07:18] I like grandma, what you going? What you going do about it? She goes, she looked over at me and my brother and she’d be like, here’s what I’m gonna do about it. You and Tony get up right now. Y’all go out there and cut that grass and y’all get out there and hit trim them hedges, and you get out there and y’all got some work to do.

[00:07:30] So get out there. And so I said, I told, so my brother got mad at me. He goes, you need to shut up every time you make fun of grandma Mabel. She got us out here working. So I’d ask her, I’d say grandma, why you always, when I say something I’m messing with you about the news why is it that you out here having us work?

[00:07:46] This don’t make no sense. You got us out here working. Here’s what she said. She said, when I look at the news and I see the things that are going on, I say, my grandkids, ain’t gonna be like that. I’m gonna have, ’em get out there and working. And she goes, And she looked at me and she said, boy, let me tell you something.

[00:07:59] You don’t give, get a handout. You get a hand up in life. You get out there and you work hard and you be the hardest worker out there. Leave it better than you founded. Do better. Do good in school. Don’t sit out there and let those people give you stuff. When you can work hard and get it for yourself. I am not gonna have grandkids.

[00:08:16] That’s gonna be on welfare first system. I want you to work hard. Boy, you hear me? I say, yes. Ma’am. You know what I’m saying? I can work. And that’s how she was. She was absolutely that. She said it, she goes, I’m looking at the news ma like grandma, we ain’t on the news. She goes, I’m making sure that you’re not gonna be on the news.

[00:08:30] Amen. Make sure you’re not gonna be on the news. So my dad worked and so we were at grandma’s house every day after school, she was teaching us, showing us we’d sit there and shell purple hole peas on the front porch. and she would tell us things about the Bible and she would tell us things about the Lord.

[00:08:55] And I’m telling you what, one of the problems in the world today is that nobody’s sitting on the porch selling purple hole peas with grandma anymore. And the times of old have been have we’ve thrown away the principles of God. I’m telling you what, where has the fear of the Lord gone out of the church?

[00:09:15] I want you to listen to me this morning. I’m saying this as a as you need to hear this, when the Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the fear of the Lord is departed outta their church, people doing and everything that they is pleasing to their eyes. And I’m telling you what the church is watching the world slip away.

[00:09:37] And we’re sitting there going, shaking our head and going. Yeah. But we’re not saying anything. we’re not being the church to the unchurch you guys think when I say that, I’m just saying that as a cliche, cuz it sounds good. I’m not saying that I am not interested again. I’m telling you I’m not interested in and you just coming in and attending church.

[00:09:54] I would. I’m not one of the, I am not interested in you just in trying to fill up seats. We are trying to get people to grow in their relationship with God and looking for mature believers. It is not about you just coming and a tenderer. How do I get you from going to be an attender to a contender? You can’t just be an attender to a church.

[00:10:11] I’m trying to get you to be a contender in the kingdom of God who will advance a kingdom of God. It’s not just about attending. Please hear that. I’m not just trying to get you to come to church. I want you to be the church to the unchurch. Yes. That’s good. You guys gotta hear that this morning. What is it gonna take for the church to wake up?

[00:10:27] What is it gonna take for you to wake up for the church to wake up and realize that we are in a war? We’re in a war right now. Yeah. Amen. We’ll let these things slip in. I know it sounds like I’m being angry, but I want you to hear this. When in, when was the last time that in the church where we’d start letting drag Queens at different ones come in and teach our.

[00:10:48] When’s the last time we why are we allowing these things to, to come in and slip in and think that it’s okay. When did the last time that we, we thought that all the stuff with the C RT and all these things that are going on in our society and racism and all these things that are going in our society and we sit there and we go, we don’t do anything about it. Somebody says, oh, I did. I voted. I’m glad that you voted. And I, and now you need to vote godly principles, but there’s more to it than just. because God doesn’t ride the backs of donkeys or elephants. Yeah, that’s right. It’s not the political system. That’s gonna save us and save our country where somebody said how do we get involved?

[00:11:24] Let me just tell you this. I want you to look up here just for a second. It’s so important. I’m gonna be vulnerable with you just for a minute. One of the things that , Vanessa will tell you this, if you ask her, she will tell you this. One of my weakness. Is many of my strength. No, I’m just kidding. And one of my weaknesses is the fact that Vanessa sometimes will tell me to do something.

[00:11:42] She goes, I need you to do this. I need you to get this done. This isn’t a, this isn’t just a deal on the honey. Do list. This is that you better get this done on list. And there’s two lists. There’s one, honey, honey do list. And she’s so loving. She slaps it on my side of the mirror, on the bathroom, in the bathroom.

[00:11:55] It’s still a neon sticky note on which stuff that I’m supposed to. there’s only one thing left on the list, babe, just so you know, I’ve been doing all the other stuff, but anyway, there’s some things to do, and this is what she says to me. And then she goes, why haven’t this thing here gotten done. And here’s my weakness.

[00:12:10] If I don’t know what to do, I won’t do anything at all. If I don’t know how to do it, if I don’t know if it’s, if it stifles me I just don’t know how to do it. And I’m not gonna necessarily admit that I don’t know how to do it, but if I know how to do it, I just won’t do anything at all. And I think that’s where the church is.

[00:12:27] Yeah, we don’t know what to do. How do we get involved? What is it that God’s called us to do? We don’t know what to do. So we sit there and shake our heads and we go, the world is going to hell in a hand basket. There’s people around us that are going to hell there’s things that are happening.

[00:12:39] You don’t necessarily know what to do. We voted. We tried that it didn’t work. We been planned. It didn’t work necessarily, but I’m telling you it’s more than one thing. There’s a myriad of things that God has called us to do. And one thing that he’s called us to do, yes, he called us to pray. Yes, he called us to vote, but he also called us to get involved in the culture, but not let the culture get involved in us.

[00:13:01] Church has been quiet turn. If you’re in King’s 18, let me set it up. We’re gonna start at verse 15, but set it up. Elijah had said something about going to rain. He’s talking about it. There’s a drought in the land. And so he is getting rain is getting ready to come, but he’s gotta deal with some things first.

[00:13:18] So it’s an old Testament story, but it is a new Testament, reality, and a reality for right now. It’s old story, old Testament, but I’m show you something that’s happening even right. In verse 15, it says then Elijah said, as a Lord host a Lord of host lives before whom I stand, I will surely present myself to him today.

[00:13:37] So OB dya went to meet Ahab since first Kings chapter 18 mentor went to meet Ahab and told him Ahab went meet Elijah. verse 17. Then it happened when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, is that you? Oh, troubler of Israel. is that you? The one who causes trouble? How many, we need to cause some trouble in the kingdom of darkness.

[00:14:03] Amen. Amen. And S verse 18 says, and he answered, I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the. In verse 19 says now, therefore sin and gather all of Israel, all Israel to me on Mount Carmel for, and the 450 prophets of bail and the 400 prophets of Asiah Esra who eat at Jezebel’s table.

[00:14:29] How many know that you cannot eat at Jezebel’s table? You can’t eat at the enemy’s table. And then also follow the Lord. You know that’s not what God’s called us to. Gotta choose you this day, who you’re gonna serve verse 20. He says, oh, Ahab sent for all the children of Israel and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel.

[00:14:45] And Elijah came to all the people and said, how long? And that’s what I’m asking you this morning. It’s a question. How long. He said, will you falter between two opinions? How long is the church gonna falter and try to find out, look at me just for a second. How are we gonna fall? We’re gonna follow after the Lord.

[00:15:00] Are we gonna follow after the things of this world? How long is there gonna be division in the body of Christ? How long is it gonna be before the church wakes up and be who God’s called on beat? How long he’s. Question to the people of Israel. How long is it gonna be that we’re gonna follow after our flesh and the things of this world?

[00:15:18] How long is that gonna be? How long are we gonna be people who are faltering between two opinions. And Joshua said, as for me and my house, we’re gonna serve the Lord. I’m gonna serve the Lord. You are following falter in between two. Opinions and here’s what I, here’s what he says. If the Lord is God follow him, but if bail follow him and here’s where the church is and where the church was in.

[00:15:42] But the people answered him, not a word. Didn’t say anything, not nothing. Now think about that for a second. Why would they not answer him? Because they didn’t. we don’t know if God is God, you’re talking about the God that’s done all this signs and the miracles and the wonders and all that. And so it’s not just about signs and wonders, even though we do believe in signs and wonders, not about that, but why would the people not answer him or words because they didn’t know the answer.

[00:16:12] What about the generations before that have walked in with the people of God? All of a sudden he don’t know how long we’re gonna falter between two opinions and that people answered him, not a. And what happened? They they called on the sacrifices of bail and all of a sudden they cut themselves and all those things.

[00:16:28] And then God answered with fire as a, as the prophets. And then they slew all of the prophets of bail. Here’s what I’m gonna tell you. The church has been is in this place right now, where they’re between two opinions, the church gonna follow Jesus, they’re gonna follow and be a disciple of Jesus, or they gonna follow after the things of this.

[00:16:46] yeah. Some of the things that are going on right now in our society going on right now in our world, the church is doing that. Answering not a word. What is the answer? Jesus is still the answer for the world. Amen. The gospel message of the kingdom has to be preached. And here’s a gospel message of the kingdom, that there is a savior who came and he died for us.

[00:17:18] And he went in that tomb and he came outta that tomb victorious, and he reigned forever more. And not only that, but he sent his spirit to come in and live in us so that we can be empowered to do the things that he’s empowered us to do to walk in. And I wanna tell. This, that E that the gospel message of the kingdom that we preach.

[00:17:36] There’s gotta be a message that, that goes beyond just a G gospel message of salvation. It is a gospel message of the kingdom of. That the king is here and he’s brought his rule in reign and this Jesus whom we crucified God has made him both Lord and Christ. And because he is Lord and Christ, his rule and reign is Supreme.

[00:17:58] There is no king above him. There is no king kingdom that will be exhibits on the earth other than his, the kingdom of God is expanding. And because it’s expanding, God is wanting the people of God to stand up and take their rightful place in the kingdom. That’s why we preach the word of God. Let me just tell you this.

[00:18:18] You got, because I’m remind you what my job is because there’s some of you that remind me of what my job is. They try to tell me what my job is on a regular basis. Let me just tell you what my job is, so that you know what my job is. My job is to equip the saints, to do the work of the. I’m not here to tickle your ears.

[00:18:34] I’m not here to tell you what you want to hear. I’m not here to just say stuff that judge make you to just be like that sure was a good message. I wanted to equip you to do the work of the ministry, what God has called you to do. Yeah. I love the churches that are on this hill. I’m met with pastor Jack Graham VAE.

[00:18:49] I’ve had dinner with living in Stacy and pastor. Kevin has a relationship with first assembly over here. Freedom life assembly over here, but I’m telling you what, I’m not trying to be like every other church. I’m not called to be like every other church. Soldier church is not trying to be like every church.

[00:19:02] I am going to be the church that God has called us and be, and I gonna be the pastor. Listen, I want you to hear this. If I’m gonna be the pastor. Church then I’m gonna give you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. And what you need to hear is the gospel message of the kingdom that comes from the word of God.

[00:19:19] And we gotta preach the word of God so that you can be equipped for every good work. Say that with me, equipped for every good work, not for you to just go and say that was a good service. Now let’s eat. You should have already eaten because the word of God feeds you and causes you to live. And it gives life to your.

[00:19:39] And straight to your body. I am not trying to be like every other pastor and preacher on this hill. God has called me. I’m telling you what I’m Ooh, listen, God has called me to preach the word of God and the truth of the scriptures so that you can be equipped to do every good work that God has called you to be.

[00:20:00] And. Amen. You cannot. I can’t try to be like everybody the past. There’s so many stuff going on right now. You can get on YouTube and you can find all kind of stuff they talking about. Now that again, Jesus is pro-choice. He gives us, I’m telling you it’s craziness, the stuff that is going on. And if you don’t interpret scripture and know what the scriptures are saying.

[00:20:20] You could be, you can be duped in and believe in some of these things that the other people are saying in this life. That’s right. That’s why, if you gonna come to this church, you better realize. They were gonna preach the truth of God’s word. Amen. You wanna know why look up here? You wanna know why, cuz I love you.

[00:20:37] I’m called to this body. And every week, as I’m praying for you, I’m asking the Lord what I give them so that they can be equipped to do the work. Yes. And I know sometimes I love preaching. I love to use humor. I love to use certain things, analogies to get your, to get you to understand what I’m saying, but lemme tell you something, none of that matters at the end of the day.

[00:20:58] If you leave here, you’re not equipped to do the work of the ministry and you go out, you turn on the news. If you put your hand on your hip, shake your head and go, and I’m not done my job.

[00:21:16] This is what it’s called me to do. I’m not talking, I’m talking about young and old alike and everybody in between.

[00:21:25] Do you hear what I’m saying? It’s the truth of God’s word. Where’s the church. They’re saying that where’s your God. why is the church letting some of this stuff happen? Why are you not speaking out against him? Some of my pastor friends, some of ’em are Caucasian and they go, we can’t speak out about that stuff.

[00:21:43] We can’t speak out about racism. I go, it’s wrong. You gotta talk about it. I don’t care. He goes we’re white. You can say things. We can’t say that’s right. That’s what they say. They go you could say stuff, pastor Chris, cause you black, you could say stuff that we can’t say. That’s that’s a lie.

[00:21:57] You still have obligation to preach the word, right? That’s right. You got an obligation to preach the word of God. Yeah. Stuff going on in your city stuff going on in your community. I just a little bit ago, I was telling Lisa who was our director of operations gonna meet her this month.

[00:22:11] But I was just telling her that one of the the guys on the school board of Frisco came to me and he goes, I have, he goes, I’m on the school board of the school of Frisco. He goes, I got in, cuz I just. He goes, I got in, I don’t even know what I’m doing. He goes, but you have no idea what the school is doing with the CRT stuff.

[00:22:29] He goes, you have no idea. He goes, so you spoke out against it this morning. He goes, pray for me. I go, where do you go to church? He goes I just found a new one. because nobody is speaking out against these things. And you don’t necessarily know it because you just wanna send some of you just send your kids off to school and then they come home.

[00:22:46] You have no idea the stuff that they’re dealing. That’s right. You’re not, you’re sending him out. Ill-equipped and some of the things that are going on this where I’m telling you wake up. Yeah. Wake up church, wake up.

[00:23:02] My brother was the one who taught me how to fight. I told you guys this a few weeks ago and what he would say was he goes, Chris. If there’s a guy bigger than you, or even if not, he goes, while they are talking, he goes, hit ’em in the mouth. He goes, don’t even wait. He goes, while they’re telling you what they’re gonna do to you.

[00:23:18] He goes, don’t wait, just haul off and hit them. I go, won’t I get in trouble. He goes, I’ll cover for you. He goes, you just hit ’em. He goes, he, I go, why he goes, because it’s the guy that it’s quiet. Is the one that you need to fear the guy that talks a lot. You ain’t gotta worry about him. Just pop him in the mouth while he’s talking.

[00:23:35] So I tried it. I like it. It’s good. It works. I’ve won a majority of my fights growing up just because the guy would be like, you know what? Oh, yeah, pop. Yeah. You know what I’m saying? It’s done. It’s over with and pop ’em in the mouth. I do. I sit in principal’s office yeah, what’s up now, and so he would tell people like that boy, quiet, but there’s something wrong with him.

[00:23:53] He, that brother ain’t right. . She’d be like that Negro. He ain’t right. There’s something wrong with him. Yeah, that’s right. That’s right. You know what I’m saying? I took it to the extreme. Now you’re laughing. Here’s what I wanna say to you. The church has been quiet. But I’m telling you what, while the enemy has been talking and talking up a storm, we need to hit him in the mouth.

[00:24:12] Yeah. We need to hit him in the mouth and we need to hit him where it hurts. And the only way we’re gonna do that is with the gospel message of the kingdom. And that gospel message of the kingdom says that our God reigns forever more. There is only one way to God. And his name is Jesus. Jesus is on the throne.

[00:24:29] And because he’s on the throne, his rule, his reign, his power, his life, his love, his peace, his joy, his, everything is expanding in the earth. And there’s nothing because the glory of the Lord will cover the earth, just like the water covers the sea. So when the church stop being quiet and silent, We are going to awake a sleeping giant.

[00:24:53] Who’s gonna stand up in the face of adversity and to stand up in the face of this. And we will see an InTime harvest and revival. That’s gonna come into the church, this Jesus whom you crucified. God has made him both Lord say it with me, both Lord and Christ. He’s the. He’s a king, not Biden. That’s right.

[00:25:18] He’s a king. That’s right. Not Kamala. Come on. He’s a king. Oh, I’ll say it because I know that you gonna be like, why you gotta be, why you gotta be political. Cause I’m trying to tell you that it’s not about politics. There is one person on the throne and he is the one who it rules and reigns. That’s right.

[00:25:33] God is saying to us as a church to wake up church. Amen. Get out of a place of slumber and. and let the kingdom of God rule and reign in our hearts so that we can go out and be the church to the unchurch and say this that we I know that one of the things that I’ve said before, and I’ve said it in a way that was harsh, but I’m saying the whole deal with.

[00:26:02] if you’ve had an abortion, there’s grace, there’s peace. There’s life for you. And I want you to know there’s forgiveness. And if you don’t need to walk in any shame, because God, he, God is a God of forgiveness. do wanna tell you that the church needs to stand up and be the church when it comes to these issue, abortion title IX.

[00:26:19] So maybe you hadn’t heard about that. There’s and so you don’t say that’s the problem. So we don’t know, we don’t educate ourselves and know the things that are going.

[00:26:28] I remember when Halloween would come on, you guys remember Halloween and you would pull your kids outta school. Remember you guys remember that? Yeah, I think the church has done that a lot. Parents would like where my kids ain’t participating or at the truth is I would sit there and be like, that’s the devil?

[00:26:42] I didn’t even know what I was saying. I would just say that’s the devil. But the truth is that we’ve unplugged from culture, but culture has not unplugged from us.

[00:26:54] so I’m just saying, are we gonna be the church or are we gonna play church? I played church when I was a kid. That’s how knew I was a preacher. I stand there with a brush in the middle of the mirror when I was seven years old and try to preach like John Osteen. Ah, you know what I’m saying?

[00:27:07] I would do that, but you know what? That don’t work in real life. Can’t play. I even took up an offering. My brother and sister would give a offering and she put what she put in. She put in a doll that had one arm, she just put a doll in. She was like, what am gonna do with this? She goes, the Lord will provide, you know what I’m saying?

[00:27:25] I don’t know.

[00:27:30] It’s time out for us to stop playing church, ladies and gentlemen. And it’s time for us to be the church. Yes. Are you gonna be the church? Yes, sir. We’re gonna play church. There’s a difference. Do you hear what I’m saying? you gonna preach the gospel? You gonna live the gospel or you just gonna shake your head and go,


Chris McRae

Lead Pastor, Elder
In his high school years, Chris was set free from anger and depression after an encounter with the Holy Spirit, and a passion was stirred in him to preach the good news of Jesus Christ to the broken and the lost. Chris is passionate about people- leading people to encounter the love of the Father, the truth of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit. A second generation Pastor, Chris has a heart for equipping the body of Christ.
Chris is a graduate of Christ for the Nations and The King’s University. Chris first joined staff at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas in 1996, and has served as Pastor of Children’s Ministry, Youth and Families. In January 2020, Chris began serving as Lead Pastor. Chris and Vanessa have been married since 1998 and have four children.
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